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I have a GS-1500U geeksquad battery back up, when its plugged in, the power light blinks. when I push the display button, it shows the battery level as fine, but after 3 seconds, the UPS shuts off

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the symptoms that you are telling are of battery ! the problem is with the battery change your battery or take to an expert then your problum will be surly solved

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SOURCE: Smart UPS 1500 - battery level green lights blink on and off

You need to run recalibration on the unit.  The supplied PowerChute software & cable will allow you to do this if you hook the UPS up to a PC (I know it works with the serial cable, not sure about USB).  If you only have a MAC then I cannot offer a solution other than to buy the standalone PowerView device from APC.  It will cost a bit more than a battery, but may save you from buying needless batteries in the future.  I finally broke down an bought one, but note that I was still having the problem after the 1st recalibration.  By trial and error (and maybe a vague memory) I put my MAC in sleep mode, that dropped the load to stop the lights from flashing.  Then I recalibrated with a 22% load and now it finally seems better (lights no longer flashing).  This was with a Smart-UPS 1000.
Let me know if that helps.

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your battery is damage,need to replace it with a new one.
your ups is overloaded. . .

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