APC 3U 3000XL Battery Pack

I'm looking at adding an additional battery pack to my current APC 3000XL 3U UPS. I found one on Ebay that is brand new and still in its orginal box. I'm concerned about the current battery status since the UPS was manufactured in 2004. Would a battery still be good after all that time?
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DaxxialCommented:
It depends on the previous use of the battery packs. If the APC was in used in an environment where the battery packs were constantly being discharged due to power fluctuations or failures then the batteries will not last as long. The company I work for has purchased several used APC units (including the 3000XL) and it's always been stated at purchase that the batteries test fine. Additionally some sellers have stated that the batteries were recently replaced so you might check on that as well. It really doesn't matter when the UPS was manufactured if the batteries were replaced 2 days ago or some time frame of that sort.

Hope that helps
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CallandorCommented:
This article may help: http://emea-en.apc.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/91/~/battery-discharge-during-storage
If the batteries are totally drained, as I would expect after 6-7 years, I would think they would not perform to spec, so you can't trust them.
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Duncan MeyersCommented:
Likewise. If the UPS has never been turned on, the batteries are dead, and the UPS won't power on (the UPS requires at least some voltage on the batteries before it will power up). The batteries are easily replaced, though, and are a common sealed Lead-Acid battery. If you buy it, budget for new batteries. The batteries used are usually this sort: http://www.batteriesplus.com.au/pd/577/273/century-ps1270/ (note that this is an Australian website, so check your local proces). Yuasa and Sonnenschein also make quality batteries to suit.
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Duncan MeyersCommented:
proces? Prices. Sorry!
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mrogers1650Author Commented:
Thanks for your comments! I split the points because all were good points.
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