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UPS Battery Backup

So a new power supply is installed on our PC, now I need to stop procrastinating and invest in a UPS. What do you recommend? What features are a must? What brands to look for and which ones to stay away from?

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What do you want the UPS to handle? How long of a time are you looking keep the PC and other equipment up?

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What do you want the UPS to handle? How long of a time are you looking keep the PC and other equipment up?
Sorry, should have mentioned this.

Home PC, just want to prevent it from abruptly shutting down when the power flickers off during a storm.

Time to power the PC; at least half an hour, obviously the more the better, but if I am not home and the power goes out for over half an hour, I can accept that.

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You need to calculate the total amp draw of all your equipment and buy the UPS according to that. You can spend a heafty penny on a UPS depending on the amp draw required and how long you want it to stay hot / how long you want the battery life to be.
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A smaller APC device will do that for you easily, I haven't looked at them specifically in about a year but last I checked they do make one about the size of a larger surge protector now that should get you by for 30 min.

I just want to make sure you aren't blaming a sudden power outage for the PSU failure. You can get by a lot cheaper with a decent surge protector if that is all you are looking to do is prevent failure due to electrical spikes.

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I've got both an older APC and new CyberPower unit in my home office and I have to recommend the CyberPower; I may buy another.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16842102048

This is what I have but it's probably more than you need as I can power a desktop PC and networking equipment for nearly an hour to stay on the Internet during power outages. Check out the lower wattage models.

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I want one like shadrach posted that also has the ability to send me an email when/if the power goes out, does this exist at a low price that does not require a PC to do the emailing?

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A decent-sized UPS will give you that half-hour run time. However, better UPS units will connect to your PC and initiate an orderly shutdown when the power goes out and the UPS battery gets low, thus making it possible for you to have a smaller UPS (less than 1/2 hour capacity) and still have an orderly shutdown and protection.

Over the years I've learned that there are two things that blow up sensitive electronics - voltage spikes, and voltage sags. Postive voltage spikes are moments of over-voltage that can sometimes damage equipment. Sags are periods of low voltage that cause equipment ot overheat. Momentary negative voltage spikes are short dropouts of voltage that can cause drives to corrupt data. A UPS guards against all of these, while a surge protector only guards against over-voltage and positive spikes.

I haven't had any PC issues with drives or power supplies since I put all the PC's in the house on UPS's starting back in the early '90's. None of my customer installations have had issues when they take my advice and install a good UPS unit.

I'm a big fan of APC Smart-UPS units.

You can sometimes find them cheap at flea markets, and all they will need is a new battery which you can get from APC or even cheaper from Digi-key. APC also has an outlet store for refurb units, which is where I've been getting units for customers for the last 15 years.

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Greg, I've got several at home I picked up from a hotel that closed. If you've not bought one yet, or don't have your heart set on something, I can hook you up with one stupid cheap.

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Greg, I've got several at home I picked up from a hotel that closed. If you've not bought one yet, or don't have your heart set on something, I can hook you up with one stupid cheap.
Sounds good Eric, I'll pm you later, thanks.

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