UPS Replacement



  • How often should you replace your UPS units (the unit itself not the batteries)? Is there a 'best practice'?



  • @ccwtech said in UPS Replacement:

    How often should you replace your UPS units (the unit itself not the batteries)? Is there a 'best practice'?

    Workstation or server?



  • For a server



  • Can't say that I have ever run into a Best Practice on a UPS unit replacement. Batteries are a different story.

    Batteries can last 1-3 years based on they run duty cycle during an outage. Three years is really the max I would trust in a UPS.

    You can replace the batteries of course, but once this occurs I would maybe consider a replacement UPS unit within 18-24 months - mainly to keep 'fresh hardware' - a UPS is a small generator, and they will wear down.


  • Service Provider

    UPS normally I'd think solidly 10-20 years. Batteries have to be maintained, but the UPS itself is pretty rugged and good for a really long time.



  • @scottalanmiller said in UPS Replacement:

    UPS normally I'd think solidly 10-20 years. Batteries have to be maintained, but the UPS itself is pretty rugged and good for a really long time.

    My server ones are 10 yrs old. On their third set of batteries.



  • I would have to say that SERVER class UPS units - ones built by EATON, APC, and similar are of the higher level and yes would likely last for 10~ years...



  • IN the last 10 years, I've replaced countless batteries but only replaced maybe 2 UPS's (both APC pieces of junk) . We are in may cases on 3rd or 4th set of batteries.



  • I personally replace the battery backup enclosures every 6 to 8 years since we are also changing hardware of servers so that goes as well.



  • We are replacing APCs here that are 8 years old or better, and have already gone through 2 sets of batteries.



  • I had 4x TrippLite 3U 3000VA units with their SNMP Webcards for network monitoring and control. The webcards were horrible. I always had issues with them locking up, losing certain settings upon reboot/power-cycle (which required them to be physically removed from the chassis) and had to replace several of them. TrippLite support was just as bad as their products. I loved getting woken up by my PRTG alerts at 3 in the morning when it couldn't communicate with those stupid cards.

    At the 5-year mark, I finally ditched them in favor of some Eaton 5PX3000RT2U units with the NMS network card. I had already been using 2 of those for over a year without issue for my edge switch rack and am using and am mostly pleased. So I now have 6. I also have some 3rd gen PDUs and EATS 120s. The only thing I don't like about the ATS is that they don't have the ability to control the individual outlets, hence the additional need for a PDU.



  • @wrx7m said in UPS Replacement:

    I had 4x TrippLite 3U 3000VA units with their SNMP Webcards for network monitoring and control. The webcards were horrible. I always had issues with them locking up, losing certain settings upon reboot/power-cycle (which required them to be physically removed from the chassis) and had to replace several of them. TrippLite support was just as bad as their products. I loved getting woken up by my PRTG alerts at 3 in the morning when it couldn't communicate with those stupid cards.

    At the 5-year mark, I finally ditched them in favor of some Eaton 5PX3000RT2U units with the NMS network card. I had already been using 2 of those for over a year without issue for my edge switch rack and am using and am mostly pleased. So I now have 6. I also have some 3rd gen PDUs and EATS 120s. The only thing I don't like about the ATS is that they don't have the ability to control the individual outlets, hence the additional need for a PDU.

    I really like the Eaton 5PX line myself. Never upgraded the one we had with the network card tho.