[rescue] [Slightly OT] Smart-UPS 1400 Battery replacement
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Fri Aug 3 10:30:19 CDT 2001
On Fri, Aug 03, 2001 at 08:54:31AM -0400, James Fogg wrote:
> Assuming they are near discharge now....
they should be, this thing has been offline for a while now (it probably sat
where it was picked up from for at least a year or two before i got it, and
it's been sitting about 6 months in my possesion, i KNOW i should be floating
these things, but i just never got around to it. maybe i should do that.
> 1) disconnect all the wires from the batts.
that's easy enough. ;)
> 2) measure the voltage on each batt, they should all be within 1/4 volt of the
> average of all their voltages (if not, deadsville).
that's gonna take one of the voltage measuring thingies, right? :)
but since they've been sitting for so long, would they even have any voltage
> 3) if any batt is below .5 volt per cell, then the batts are gone. each cell is
> good for 1.5v, so if its a 6v batt, then thats 5 cells.
battery says 14.1V on it.
> 4) re-connect and charge for two days.
this is not going to be so easy. the controller weighs close to 200 pounds and
the battery cabinet weighs over 600 pounds. (although i can remove the
batteries and move it that way, although the frame itself is 150 pounds) i would
have to drag them into my basement since that is the only source of 220V (this
is not a 110V item) and the basement access to this place SUCKS. so that's not
gonna happen here. i was thinking more along the lines of stringing up the
batteries to a DC powew supply (if i can get a good one for a reasonable amount,
those HP units rock, but they are a bit pricey)
> 5) place a dead load (resistive load, like a bunch of light bulbs) on the ups.
uhm, 10KVA/7500W UPS. i'd need, uhm, 75 100W lightbulbs. YIKES!! :)
> Pull the ups plug and see if the ups has decent output (measure it and watch
> the bulbs). This is a cheatin way of measuring load capacity.
yeah, but it's the only way i have since i don't own any hardware that can
create a high quality resistive load (like the stuff we had at Exide)
> 6) disconnect batts and measure for equality like in step 2.
am i under the same restrictions as before? (1/4 voltage and under .5v?)
the sad part is i used to do this for a living, but it's been so long i've
forgotten ALL of it. *sigh*
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