HP R5500 XR UPS: Low battery warning light

I have noticed the manual for the HP R5500 XR UPS does not explain all possible solutions when you want to ged rid of the low battery warning light, so here is a quick how to for resolving the issue on your UPS.

  1. Start off by checking the software for the UPS,  or install it if missing (HP Power Manager)
  2. Consider giving the battery fuse a kick, it`s the fuse placed back up to the right amongst the outlets (Leave it off for 15 seconds++)*
  3. If you still dont have any luck, replace your battery/batteries.
  4. If you are using ERM`s, make sure that the UPS knows about them. (Read the manual)

PS: Remember to have redundant power set up, since you might have to give the whole ups a little kick if it`s acting very silly 🙂

* = When turning off the battery fuse, the outlets will still get power from your input power, it just disables the batteries. When turning it on again, the UPS will start a recharge of them.

pwrstat: Daemon service is not found.

When trying to use the pwrstat program you may get the error message “Daemon service is not found”. Here is a simple check list to follow in order to fix it:

1) Make sure that pwrstatd is running
2) Open /etc/pwrstatd.conf, and make sure that “prohibit-client-access” is set to no.

The last one has fooled me, i cannot remember changing it, and yet it was set to off on my server. So after i corrected the setting and restarted the daemon, my pwrstat finally gave some sane data again:

root@bais:/var/log# pwrstat -status

The UPS information shows as following:

Properties:
Model Name………………. UPS VALUE
Rating Voltage…………… 230 V
Rating Power…………….. 480 Watt

Current UPS status:
State ………………….. Normal
Power Supply by …………. Utility Power
Utility Voltage …………. 230 V
Output Voltage…………… 230 V
Battery Capacity ………… 100 %
Load …………………… 41 %
Remaining Runtime ……….. 10 min.
Line Interaction…………. None