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APC UPS Fire

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Today, I unboxed a brand new APC Back-UPS Pro 1200. Plugged it into the mains, and switched the unit on.

Within seconds, the unit popped, banged and fizzed, then promptly caught fire - it took 2 fire extinguishers to put it out.

Anyone else ever experience this?
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Miguel Angel Perez Muñoz earned 67 total points
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I had an self destruction of a 50Kva SAI, something happens on boost phase and literally explode some rf filters, DC/AC converter... I think your UPS was defective or voltage are not correctly setted.
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luckily you have a warranty...
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Yes of course, but nevertheless, the smoke inhalation by my colleague and I as we try and get out of the building probably won't be covered under their warranty.
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Did you plug a 120 Volt UPS into a 240 Volt outlet?  What you describe has never happened to me for a properly installed UPS.

If you used the wrong voltage, it most likely will not be covered by any warranty.

You may be out one UPS and all your other damages.

... Thinkpads_User
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It was a 240V UPS in a 240V outlet. It all powered up good for a very short time... The fuse in the mains plug didn't blow, and it didn't trip the electrical circuit either....
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by:Chris Millard
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I've been in this industry for about 26 years now, and this is the first time a UPS has ever done this to me, and I've installed a fair few in my time.
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If you are certain about voltages, then contact APC right away as they should accept responsibility and lead you through the process.   They may want the UPS returned (damaged of course).

.... Thinkpads_User
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By the way, if you are going to continue the discussion, you should certainly offer more than 20 points.   ... Thinkpads_User
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I'll close it off. It wasn't meant to be a really in depth discussion - I was just curious to see if anyone else had encountered similar.
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I was just curious to see if anyone else had encountered similar issues.
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Thanks. I was happy to provide my experience here. I never had that kind of issue.

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