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I had a power failure, wiyh power off about 6 hours. Since power ws restored, I hav a low battery alarm for about 3 days. The system is about 11 years old. It currently has a hard-wired rechargeable battery + a connection for a 9-volt battery. can I cut the wires to the current battery and replace it with a lithium 9-volt battery?

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> Since power ws restored, I hav a low battery alarm for about 3 days.
The charge circuit probably only supplies a tiny charge current to prevent overcharging of the main battery and I suspect the original is a NiCad and has likely lost a cell or two (shorted; it's common with them) over that fairly long period.
Replacing it with either Lithium Ion or NiMh rechargeables with a honest voltage rating (*some aren't) is a good move; neither of these are as prone to failure as NiCad is. Don't be surprised if you still have a 'low battery' alert for several days since these batteries rarely have a full charge when shipped.
*So-called '9V' block batteries are, except for rare batteries, actually 8.4 or even only 7.2 volts. I have some instruments that indicate 'Low battery' with either of these even when fully charged.

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