Don’t Throw Out Dead UPS Computer Backup Power Devices
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.
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.
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 myActions.org. It’s a really great site to keep track of fun and beneficial actions for planet earth