NBN Fibre Phone - Maintaining and replacing your backup battery

The backup battery available for NBN™ Fibre Power Supply Units, when fully charged, can allow an NBN™ Fibre Phone plugged into a UNI-V port on your Connection Box to work between 3 and 11 hours in the event of a power outage. Approximate usage is 5 hours.

Westnet no longer offers the option of a battery backup unit as of 30 August 2017.

 

Keeping your backup battery charged

  1. Make sure that your NBN™ Power Supply Unit is always plugged directly into an electrical outlet. Do not use an extension cord, double adaptor, power board or any other kind of secondary plug.
     
  2. Unless you are going on an extended holiday, you should not turn off this electrical outlet. This will ensure the battery remains fully charged in case of a power outage.

How your battery works during a power outage

  1. In the event of a power outage, the Power Supply Unit will beep once and automatically switch to its backup battery power.
     
  2. Once the battery charge has depleted to approximately 50%, the Power Supply Unit will beep four times in a minute (the Battery Power light will also flash) and then the unit will turn off to preserve power.
     
  3. To turn the Power Supply Unit back on after the battery has reached less than 50% charge, you’ll need to press and hold the BATTERY EMERGENCY USE button for two seconds, or until the unit beeps once and all 4 lights flash.
     
  4. Once activated, you cannot turn the BATTERY EMERGENCY USE off again. The remaining battery charge should last for a further 2 to 3 hours.
     
  5. If the battery runs completely flat, your Fibre Phone will not work again until power has been restored and/or the backup battery has been recharged.

 

Battery Alarm sounds & how to silence them

Your NBN™ Power Supply Unit may emit a beeping sound (Battery Alarm) for the following reasons:

  • Loss of mains power (beep once)
  • Battery self test fails and replacement is required (beep once every 15 minutes)
  • Less than 50% of battery reserve is available and shutdown is imminent (beep once every 4 minutes)
  • Alarm sounds have been enabled (beep twice when enabled)
  • Alarm sounds have been disabled (beep once when disabled)

If absolutely necessary, alarm sounds can be silenced by following the steps below. Doing this means the alarm sounds will not alert you to the status of your battery backup unit.

  • To silence the alarm for 24 hours, hold the ALARM SILENCE button for 3 seconds. You will hear 1 beep to confirm the change.
  • To re-enable alarm sounds after this change, hold the ALARM SILENCE button for 4 seconds. You will hear 2 beeps to confirm the change.
  • To silence the alarm indefinitely, hold the ALARM SILENCE button for 15 seconds. After 3 seconds, you will hear 1 beep, and after 14 seconds, you will hear another beep to confirm the change.
  • To re-enable alarm sounds after this change, hold the ALARM SILENCE button for 15 seconds. After 3 seconds, you will hear 2 beeps, and after 13 seconds, you will hear another 2 beeps to confirm the change.

NBN battery alarm sounds guide

 

Battery Specifications

Battery Type: 12V 7.0-7.2Ah 6 Cell VRLA Sealed Lead Acid Battery;

Dimensions: 94mm (H) x 151mm (W) x 65mm (D) (excl terminals)
100mm (H) x 151mm (W) x 65mm (D) (incl terminals) (all tolerances +/- 1mm)

Terminal Type: Spade-type. Quick disconnect ‘F2’ 6.35mm (W) x 0.81mm (Thickness)

 

Removing the battery

  1. Turn off the electrical outlet for the Power Supply Unit and then unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet.
     
  2. Open the front cover of the Power Supply Unit.
     
  3. Disconnect the red positive (+) plug from the battery.
     
  4. Push the tabs above and below the battery outward, and then lift the battery out of the Power Supply Unit.
     
  5. Disconnect the black negative () plug and remove the battery.

 

Installing a new battery

  1. Connect the black negative () plug to the new battery.
     
  2. Push the battery retaining tabs outward and insert the battery into the Power Supply Unit.
     
  3. Connect the red positive (+) plug to the new battery.
     
  4. Make sure the wires are not being pinched by the battery or the front cover.
     
  5. Close the front cover and plug the Power Supply back into the electrical outlet and turn the power on.
     
  6. The new battery will take 24 hours to completely charge. Please keep the old battery as a backup unless it no longer functions.
     
  7. Once power is returned to your NBN™ equipment, please allow up to 10 minutes for it to reboot. During this time, you may not be able to use your NBN™ services.

 

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