UPS batteries swollen inside the chassis

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  1. Alt+F4

    Alt+F4 official OT hockey stud

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    What are my options here? Does anything make them come back down in size? Is taking the whole thing apart my only real option? They aren't budging right now, and I ripped the plastic pull tab off already.

    It's an APC SmartUPS 700 fwiw.
     
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    I had that happen to me a few months back. I just kept prying at it with a screwdriver until it broke lose.
     
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    You poked at swollen batteries with a screwdriver?
     
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    How old is it?
     
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    was the rack so full there was no space on top of the ups?
     
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    I have no idea how old it is. And there is room around the UPS...at least on top. Side to side it's a bit tight, but still about half an inch on either side. The alarm only started going off last week - ordered a replacement and here we are. I'm disconnecting everything that's hooked to it in the morning and going to begin to disassemble.
     
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    Well around it to pry the battery out. It's not like it was still plugged into the system or anything while I was doing this...

    Are we talking about the same thing here?
     
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    Yeah, seems like it. But mine is still plugged in for now. Our main router, switch, and firewall are hooked up to this one UPS so I need to wait until I'm the only one here before I move the plugs around. I'll give it a shot tomorrow morning.
     
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    It sounds like the unit was overcharging the battery. You might want to get it looked at now. Coastal Business Machines(http://www.cbmi.com/) does good work refurbing UPSs.
     
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    No kidding. :rolleyes:

    The Darwin Award Committee is on line 1..
     
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    I had this happen with an APC rackmount unit. We had to send it back to HP (it was rebranded by HP). I tried everything including disassembling the UPS. When they swelled they wedged into the metal cage around them and would not come out.


    edit: Uh, safety note here. If you decide to open the UPS, be very careful. If the batteries are still connected, or the capacitors in the conditioner are still charged, there is obviously a real danger of being electrocuted. So don't sue me if you smoke yourself! :bigthumb:
     
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  12. Alt+F4

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    Welp, finally got it out. I had to take the out cover off, which exposed the metal chassis that the batteries were stuck in. After 20 minutes of prying, pulling, poking, and saying 'what the FUCK you piece of COCK', it came out.
     

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