Don’t Throw Out Dead UPS Computer Backup Power Devices

Posted Jul. 25th, 2013 by Daniel J. Cox

Working in today’s world of digital photography, we need to make sure the power to our desktop computers is consistent and reliable. If the power would go out, drop considerably or spike while transferring images from one drive to another, it would be a disaster. To keep transfers safe, we use an Uninterruptible Power Supply or what is commonly known as a UPS device.


Jill on her way in to Batteries Plus in Bozeman, Montana.


Batteries Plus manager Aaron Maki helps Jill with getting a new battery for her graphics computer that’s backed up with an UPS (uninterruptible power supply) by APS.

Over the years we’ve found that any UPS device has about a three year life span. The electronics don’t die, it’s the batteries that give out. Recently my main UPS gave up the ghost  and I was forced to make a decision on throwing it out as I’ve done in the past or searching for a new answer. In my search I came to realize that when a UPS dies, it’s almost always the battery and not the electronic device itself. Of course Staples, where I buy most of these units, don’t sell replaceable batteries for them. As you can imagine their answer was just to buy a new one. Unfortunately for them I’ve had it with just throwing stuff out that is only partially not working. In this case the device was just fine and all it needed was a new battery.

Batteries Plus stores in Bozeman, Montana

Batteries Plus store in Bozeman, Montana.

To the rescue Batteries Plus. Our local store here in Bozeman replaced and recycled the old  battery and installed it and all for only $75 US. The closest replacement we could find at Staples was the APS Back-UPS, XS 1300 which is just short of $185 US. Wahooo……… savings of $110 US and a positive outcome for the planet. If you have any questions about UPS devices just let me know by posting them here on the blog. Happy to get back with you. One more thing. For those of you that keep track of these little things that benefit the planet and your financial status, check out It’s a really great site to keep track of fun and beneficial actions for planet earth


Jill works at installing a new battery in her APS battery backup that supplies power to her graphics computer if the power goes out.



Jill works at installing a new battery in her APS battery backup that supplies power to her graphics computer if the power goes out.



Jill works at installing a new battery in her APS battery backup that supplies power to her graphics computer if the power goes out.


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  1. KaviyarasuOn Jun. 12th, 2017 (3 months ago)

    Hey guys, mine is a “NUMERIC Digital 600 EX-V” The ups fails immediately three seconds after power cut. The power will be back in 20 to 30 seconds but ups does not hold until then. What should I do. It’s been one and a half year since I bought this ups. What kind of batteries should I purchase and how do I replace it.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 12th, 2017 (3 months ago)

      Not sure what to tell you. From your comment, I get the impression you are not in the US. If you were I would suggest you find a Batteries Plus to have them replace your battery. Since I don’t think you are, I can’t make a reasonable suggestion. Sorry and good luck finding what you need.

  2. Arun SainiOn Oct. 25th, 2016 (11 months ago)

    If battery of my old ups is dead then there is any uses of motherboard of ups.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Oct. 25th, 2016 (11 months ago)

      Arum, not sure about other uses of mother board but put a new battery in it and you have a new working device.

  3. Caroline HelouOn Jul. 31st, 2013

    APC by Schneider Electric have excellent trade in policy and fast home delivery service included. I have been using them since 2007.

  4. Sue JarrettOn Jul. 31st, 2013

    Just bought an APS brand UPS replacement battery at Staples for $45.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jul. 31st, 2013

      Nice job Sue. Feels good to do what’s right for the planet and save some cash.

  5. Chris MooreOn Jul. 29th, 2013

    Smart move Dan. I have been doing this same thing for about 12 years. Sure better than toss and replace, for the pocket book as well as the environment.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jul. 30th, 2013

      Chris, I’m so tired of throwing things out that are still mostly good. I couldn’t stand to think of pitching the entire UPS device so I started asking questions and found it was a simple battery replacement. So easy yet so far gone from the today’s normal way of doing things. Thanks for sharing your thoughts as well.

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