Several weeks ago the UPS in the living room that runs my weather station mini-PC and Uniden HomePatrol scanner started screaming that its batteries were dying.
Rather than pay the premium that APC wants for their batteries, I picked up a couple of individual AGM batteries from my local supply place, put them on the trickle charger I have, and promptly forgot about them.
WELL.....Monday night I logged in to my weather server, only to get a "404" from its network address.
Hmmm.....go out to the living room and see that it's completely cold, and the UPS has shut down.
Time to swap out the batteries, I guess!
Rather than just replace the batteries, I pulled the covers off the UPS and blew out all the dust, and checked that the fans were easy to spin, and then rebuilt it.
Pulled the covers off the mini-PC, and blew all the dust out of it, too.
So now the weather station is back on-line, and sending data to NOAA via the Citizen's Weather Observer Program.
And they still haven't said a peep about the pending layoffs at work....