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Recommendations for a quality yet reasonably priced ($200-ish) UPS?

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I just got two of these for my servers:

Very nice, smelled strongly of paint for the first few days, but other than that I can’t complain.

I’ve also used APC a lot, but have become less enthusiastic about their offerings in the lower end of the market. They seem to have decided that if you don’t want the “serious” stuff (rack mount, built like a tank, starts at $1,000) that you must not be needing much in the way of power, either. I couldn’t find anything from them in my price range that offered the kind of power I needed.

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Thanks. I was looking at Tripp Lite and APC.

Todd

On Dec 22, 2008, at 2:39 PM, waltd wrote:

I just got two of these for my servers:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GC98H8

Very nice, smelled strongly of paint for the first few days, but
other than that I can’t complain.

I’ve also used APC a lot, but have become less enthusiastic about
their offerings in the lower end of the market. They seem to have
decided that if you don’t want the “serious” stuff (rack mount,
built like a tank, starts at $1,000) that you must not be needing
much in the way of power, either. I couldn’t find anything from them
in my price range that offered the kind of power I needed.


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Sometime around 22/12/08 (at 14:27 -0600) Todd said:

Recommendations for a quality yet reasonably priced ($200-ish) UPS?

When my house was hit by lightning in July 2007 an APC UPS saved my
Mac and my external hard drives. I love that UPS!

I first wrote about these things a few years ago:
http://www.thesmallest.com/lessonettes/ups-indepth.html

And here’s a snippet from a UPS feature that I wrote for MacUser in
Spring this year, partly revised from the older article (also for
MacUser):

When choosing a UPS device, it is essential to pick one that will be
able to handle the demands of everything you want protected. A good
supplier should help you work out what level of device you need, but
you can work it out yourself with some simple calculations. Next to
the power socket on computers, screens and virtually all other
electrical equipment you’ll find the item’s amps rating. Add them all
up and multiply the result by the mains voltage (which is 240 in the
UK) and you’ve got the total VA rating for everything. Put simply,
volts x amps = VA. (VA is also sometimes referred to as watts, but
any electrician will explain that there’s a difference.)
If necessary, divide the VA figure by the UPS device’s capacity and
you’ll have the length of time in minutes that its battery can
maintain those items on its own; VA / capacity = uptime. There are
online forms that make it easy to work this out at
UPS Power Requirement Calculator and at
http://www.upsonic.com.au/calc.asp, and UPS specialists such as APC
have various web-based tools to help you pick the right kit.

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What model do you have?

Todd

On Dec 22, 2008, at 3:30 PM, Keith Martin wrote:

Sometime around 22/12/08 (at 14:27 -0600) Todd said:

Recommendations for a quality yet reasonably priced ($200-ish) UPS?

When my house was hit by lightning in July 2007 an APC UPS saved my
Mac and my external hard drives. I love that UPS!


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I have used APC for years. Their Smart UPS 1400 is still chuggin along as a server supply for…oh…12 years. Replaced the batteries more than a couple of times but still hangin in there.

I agree with Walt on the lower end though. I have a BackUPS Pro 500 on a MacPro and I get a power overload warning beep frequently even though there is nothing plug into it (i.e. power strips) beyond the 5 sockets it comes with.


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