[Buying Suggestion] Should I go for an OEM Battery?

Hello members,

I have two APC SmartUPS that I have as a backup for my rack. They are a 2200VA and a 3000VA. I am nearing the end of the 5 year battery cycle and I am interested in looking for replacement batteries.

What is everyone’s thoughts on new batteries? Go OEM or aftermarket? Just get a new unit? Any good places to buy batteries? The only reason I have the batteries is to allow a safe shutdown. I have no intention of running through a power loss.

I have never used UPS’s before so this is all new to me. Thanks for any help you can offer.

Another vote for aftermarket - we have not noticed any reliability/lifecycle differences with them, and the cost saving was substantial. Amazon/third parties/etc. I would avoid ebay, but that’s just a personal preference.