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    Default What do i do with my old UPS?

    Well i have an old ups lying in my house. Its stopped working for 6 months now. It also gave a loud bang when i tried to charge it by leaving it switched on for a day.

    Now i'm in trouble how to dispose off the thing in a safe way. I don't want to throw it out in the garbage because i know it will cause serious harm to the environment.

    What should i do... does any of u know of some e waste disposal service in delhi?

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    You kidding me?

    There is no such thing in Delhi ... even if you go and dispose it in a place designated for it it would still be dumped in the garbage mountain near kundli border.

    I have a UPS as well same thing happened... it had a small blast and I have it aswelll an dont know what to do with it... I normally give stuff like this to the local electric repairs guy who makes use of whatever he can and then sell it to the kabari or something to get recycled.

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    now there is DWM (Delhi Waste Management) they take garbage to there plant where they seprate bio and non bio waste, after that they do something with that garbage like recycle i am not really very sure but i have seen the big truck outside my work place wipro.

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    I too have a spare one ... Its lying in my loft

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    Make a nice foot rest out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StarryKnight View Post
    Well i have an old ups lying in my house. Its stopped working for 6 months now. It also gave a loud bang when i tried to charge it by leaving it switched on for a day.

    Now i'm in trouble how to dispose off the thing in a safe way. I don't want to throw it out in the garbage because i know it will cause serious harm to the environment.

    What should i do... does any of u know of some e waste disposal service in delhi?
    Take out its batteries might be in a good condition

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    @ just4kix Thanx for the info there... i'll search for it...

    @SEOBOT Well i have written in the post that it stopped working... after i tried to charge it again did it go bang ...

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    I too have one with me and don't know what to do

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    Make a nice foot rest out of it.
    What if it blasts

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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    Make a nice foot rest out of it.
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    What if it blasts
    Well, then you will never have to worry about buying shoes any more. No more worries about which brand, black or brown, lace or slip on, which sneakers, Nike or Rbk or Adidas, etc. Isn't it?
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    Please recommend some branded Wheel chairs

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    The thread's turned out to be a joke
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    Quote Originally Posted by StarryKnight View Post
    The thread's turned out to be a joke
    Was it meant to be otherwise ?

    Blame it on jay ...sometimes he gets tooooo playful :lol:

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    ya it was a joke anyways... e-waste management in India!

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    Well! I suggested something that will at least not lead to e-waste. Didn't I?
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    If you are asking me, i would advice you to use it for researching the working of the UPS.If you are not interested you can give it to some electrical students who can make a better use of them.

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    there is a big warning on it saying contains live terminals at high voltage, do not open. And its already given out a blast. So i'm not very keen on opening it ...

    For that matter, I have opened nearly everything at home, i'm thinking of leaving this particular thing untouched.

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    I have mine too resting for several months now accumulating cobwebs

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    Default repairs of Ups

    I believe in doing it yourself I have done my B.Sc in electrical theory and so am at ease around electronic gadgets, now I am I am a real world H-pilot by trade) but in my sparetime and as a pastime I dwell in electronics and electrical items ...and i hve repaired and replaced My UPS batteries upteen no of times AS U CAN see my Id is also tool man

    its very easy , basic knowledge is advised , so I suggest to interest yureself just open it after disconnecting the electrical supply and also switching it off and removing the battery lugs ,
    from experience I would say that a protective Baristor or MOV may have burst , its easily replaceable if you know how to solder/desolder a smiliar MOV of same current ratings .... . . it could also be a voltage capacitor , but not likely !!

    lastly junking it safely is the best option after removing all reuseable parts , Ie the conection board , circuit board , battery etc

    any how if you are still jittery then I suggest you give to some electronic student to experiment and study , thats a philantropical suggestion ...
    as for me if the same was un reparable I will store it to scavange parts from in case any other UPS of mine fails , this way I dont have to buy parts I already have many in storage to choose from !!


    regds toolman/~

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    I too am at ease when dealing with electronics .... but my second UPS (APC ) has never given me trouble for years now .... never touched it till date

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    Default Ups Batteries and FIRE !!!!

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    sorry about this BUT APC inverters have a bad reputation of catching
    FIRE ! be careful... be very careful !!


    Also... most Branded Ups Batteries have an average Shelf life of appox 2 years MAX , un branded ones even less

    if u are getting good standby time still, I recommend ....

    clean the battery terminals with CTC ( Electrical contact cleaner )
    Blow out accumulated Dust with a Gp Blower , esp near the circuit board and the cooling fan ...
    SWITCH TO LCD monitors from the old CRT ones , yure load is reduced on the Ups !


    regds toolman/~

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    Really ? ... thats shocking news ! .....

    Yeah i dont use CRT .....

    But my sys config is pretty heavy .....it sucks some serious power ......

    Yeah should clean the insides some day .....

    I have used 2 other brands [1 of them local]... but APC has been by far the best ... in terms of life time before first repair ....

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    ^^ APC rocks!

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    I too would give it to a repair guy. he may can fix it.

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    actually now i don't need it anyways so y to fix it... got an apc home ups so it supports everythin includin my comp...

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    Default Why taking tension because of a UPS?????

    What you people are doing???????

    Why don't you give it to an electrician, he will take care of it(WHAT TO DO WITH IT AND WHAT NOT).

    I like that at least few people are bothered about our environment....

    If you'll give your old UPS to electrician then you'll not have anything to do what he's going to do with your UPS and moreover you'll not feel guilty that you are damaging environment.

    Even i am concerned about my environment, its a small step but if every single person take it as a duty then INDIA soon will become a developed nation and will have a better place to live.

    See you with that suggestion....
    anniiee

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    Quote Originally Posted by iChaitanya View Post
    ^^ APC rocks!
    What is APC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    What is APC?
    Its American Power Conversion... APC - American Power Conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by anniiee View Post
    What you people are doing???????

    Why don't you give it to an electrician, he will take care of it(WHAT TO DO WITH IT AND WHAT NOT).

    I like that at least few people are bothered about our environment....

    If you'll give your old UPS to electrician then you'll not have anything to do what he's going to do with your UPS and moreover you'll not feel guilty that you are damaging environment.

    Even i am concerned about my environment, its a small step but if every single person take it as a duty then INDIA soon will become a developed nation and will have a better place to live.

    See you with that suggestion....
    What you are saying that whatever the electrician does wud not be your problem?? Well buddy he wudn't b doin that if u hadn't given it to him in the first place??

    If he goes out and throws the lead batteries in some garbage bin, wudn't u b to blame? This is like getting a person to do all your dirty work while u stay clean... This is known as classic hipocrisy, which plagues are world today...
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    Quote Originally Posted by anniiee View Post
    What you people are doing???????

    Why don't you give it to an electrician, he will take care of it(WHAT TO DO WITH IT AND WHAT NOT).

    I like that at least few people are bothered about our environment....

    If you'll give your old UPS to electrician then you'll not have anything to do what he's going to do with your UPS and moreover you'll not feel guilty that you are damaging environment.

    Even i am concerned about my environment, its a small step but if every single person take it as a duty then INDIA soon will become a developed nation and will have a better place to live.

    See you with that suggestion....
    Yes i tried that already ... But the electrician gave me a " do i look like a Garbage collector ...go screw urself " look .

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    Had to post this information here, you dont need to (and should not) throw the old UPS just about anywhere.

    Just go into a battery dealership, and get about 200 bucks for it while also ensuring that it is recycled, i gave it along with the old broken down inverter battery while a new battery for the home.

    Turns out India's not so hopeless..