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. I asked Lake Worth computer technicians and found out 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. CarlOn Jul. 28th, 2018

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

  2. Leopard BattOn Jul. 20th, 2018

    I use GEL Battery of China, Its very useful as there battery life is extended and I enjoy them, Usually Chinese UPS Battery Supplier are great.

  3. SwamyOn Jun. 25th, 2018

    What about motherboard of a old dead ups?

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 27th, 2018

      NO idea Swamy. My guess is that would be expensive. Battery is no big deal. Time to recycle that device is my suggestion.

  4. PrashanthOn Jun. 25th, 2018

    Apc apc-rbc2 replacement battery is compatable with apc back ups bx600c-in 600va please tell me?????

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 27th, 2018

      Sorry, I have no idea. I’m not an expert on individual UPS devices. This post was just to inform and encourage people to replace the battery. Beyond that I have no idea. Sorry I cant be more help.

  5. BenOn Feb. 26th, 2018

    I’m not sure if Forum is dead, but i would appreciate it if someone can help me out… We bought a alarm system about 15 years ago that came with a UPS. Never used the alarm system nor the UPS, and i was just wondering how could I go about changing the UPS to be used on my desktop computer. Obviously the battery would be replaced, but i just want to know how to convert it over, because currently there is about 7-10 cables coming out of the UPS other than the power cable which is all made for the security system. Do I just find the positive and negative cables and attach them to a power cable for my computer or how does it work?

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Feb. 27th, 2018

      Ben, unfortunately you’re asking questions better suited for an electrician. Not to mention any piece of electrical gear that is 15 years old and in non working order as you describe could be dangerous for you to try and cobble together. I’m actually a huge proponent of keeping equipment that is still working and not burdening the planet with throw away products but you’re taking on something you’re obviously not familiar with. Either bring it to an electrical repair business or recycle the parts and get yourself a new UPS. Sorry I can’t be more help.

  6. Joy BestOn Feb. 12th, 2018

    Hey Daniel, just came across your post and am shocked at how many UPS devices I have already thrown out in the last several years. Our house has three PCs and your post has opened my eyes about battery replacement. I have already got in touch with a local battery store and they will be my go to place when one of the UPS starts to fail. Thanks for this wonderful advise. Joy.

  7. KaviyarasuOn Jun. 12th, 2017

    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

      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.

  8. Arun SainiOn Oct. 25th, 2016

    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

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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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