I've purchased two different used APC 2200 RM units, and both have entered into a mode where they execute a continual self-test: that is, they go on battery briefly, test, then the test comes back good, and life continues - until the next test a few minutes or seconds later.
The first one we received performed self-tests every so many minutes; the current one is doing self-tests about once every five seconds.
The UPSes didn't start this way immediately, but went on battery first, then drained all the way. This was the first indication something was wrong - whether the tests began then or not I'm not sure. Until that point, both were good. The first model went on battery initially because of powerloss in-house; the second went on battery for no discernable reason.
Once this occurred, the continual self-tests began. Because of the continual testing - and going on battery - the batteries drained rapidly. With the current UPS, there's not even enough time to get a charge of any kind; the previous UPS would whipsaw its way to 100% charge.
Both appear to have the same UPS firmware: 82.11.D.
Here is a report of the current UPS results (reported by Linux NUT) from the problem UPS:
battery.alarm.threshold: 0 battery.charge: 000.0 battery.charge.restart: 00 battery.date: 11/23/11 battery.packs: 000 battery.runtime: 0 battery.runtime.low: 120 battery.voltage: 48.04 battery.voltage.nominal: 048 driver.name: apcsmart driver.parameter.pollinterval: 2 driver.parameter.port: /dev/ttyS0 driver.version: 2.2.2 driver.version.internal: 1.99.8 input.frequency: 60.00 input.quality: FF input.sensitivity: M input.transfer.high: 132 input.transfer.low: 103 input.transfer.reason: S input.voltage: 123.5 input.voltage.maximum: 123.5 input.voltage.minimum: 122.8 output.voltage: 000.0 output.voltage.nominal: 115 ups.delay.shutdown: 020 ups.delay.start: 000 ups.firmware: 82.11.D ups.id: UPS A3 ups.load: 000.0 ups.mfr: APC ups.mfr.date: 11/23/11 ups.model: SMART-UPS 2200 RM ups.serial: WS0104012242 ups.status: LB ups.temperature: 029.7 ups.test.interval: 1209600 ups.test.result: NO
The batteries were the same in both. We tried switching outlets, with no difference. Also tried switching the sensitivity downwards with no change.
Can some kind soul help? Would the batteries do this?
PS: It sounds like someone else has experienced this problem; at least, that is what it sounds like from the ServerFault question: Smart UPS 2200 question.
UPDATE: Found this forum article about something very similar that happened to an APC 3000 RM model; in that case, the monitoring cable turned out to be the culprit. The model I have did not come with a cable and I'm using an external Smart Cable made by APC - the black ones, supposedly the 940-0024E variant if memory serves. Removed cable and am waiting to see what happens.