UPS from APC - planned obsolescence or actual degradation?


I have an APC going on a bunch of years too, waiting on a deal on the Cyberpower pure-sinewave 1500VA. 'Cause I’m worth it, but not worth full price.


I own both APC and Cyberpower UPSes and both seem equally reliable to me. No issues with either brand. When a battery runs out of cycles, I snag a cheap 3rd party replacement battery off Amazon.


Last deal I saw here has been a while back


Yeah, I think I have a camelcamelcamel for like $125.


I did that once years ago and the terminals on the battery weren’t quite right, so the wires wouldn’t stay on. Never tried again.

I had a cyberpower die on me rather quickly recently, but I think it was already an old model when I bought it and the battery was already several years old.


I got home just now and my power supply was off. When I press the power button on it, it does a loud beep and turns off again.

I guess that’s all she wrote. Still, if 8 years is as impressive as you guys say, I should stop at Micro Center tomorrow and try to get the same model again that I got 8 years ago from there.


Oh you sweet summer child, as my wife would say.


I can tell my UPS is already gone, because my force feedback steering wheel no longer works when plugged into the battery side. Now it’s just a really inconveniently-sized power strip.


Even if the battery is dead, the ‘battery side’ should be working when power is on (unless this model is always operating the backup rectifier online even when the line is ok).

I still like using quite old APC UPSs, and I have several from the '90s which are very durable with all steel cases, and unless their power electronics go bad, I would rather keep replacing their batteries every few years than buying new ones. The APC branded batteries are quite spendy, but other mfrs like PowerSonic have direct replacements too. The exception might be if they start making affordable consumer models with Lithium power cells instead of the Lead/Lead-Calcium batteries.