Recommend a good UPS?

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Well, I just lost an email I had been working on for the past 2 hours due to one second power outage. (Louisiana's power grid is made of swiss cheese.) Can someone recommend a good UPS?

p.s. And yes, Thunderbird does have an auto-save option. I would have assumed it was turned on by default. Guess what - it isn't. :)

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Comment 1 by Kyle Hayes posted on 4/10/2007 at 7:47 PM

I have had great success with my Belkin:
http://catalog.belkin.com/I...

Even has software to automatically shut down your Mac or PC at the appropriate time. It has an alarm when the power does go out to notify you. They are also less expensive then the APC alternatives.

Comment 2 by Nick posted on 4/10/2007 at 7:51 PM

We've been using the APC Powerchute for over 2 years now. Hasn't let me down yet.

http://www.apc.com/products...

Comment 3 by Robert Owen posted on 4/10/2007 at 8:00 PM

I use APC.. Depending on how many PC's.. I'd start with an APC 1300. Hey.. They are a Coldfusion site so they should be great, right?!

http://www.apc.com/products...

Comment 4 by John Ramon posted on 4/10/2007 at 8:00 PM

For the money this one rocks I it hasn't failed me yet.

http://www.apc.com/products...

For $40 you get 2 min of backup to turn you system off and save anything you have.

Comment 5 by Raymond Camden posted on 4/10/2007 at 8:02 PM

Ugh:

http://www.apc.com/products...

Ok, lets take a bet. I'll email them right now. I am willing to bet my XBox, my car, my flat screen tv, that I will NEVER hear back from them.

Comment 6 by Matt Osbun posted on 4/10/2007 at 8:07 PM

So, what you're saying is that if I get ahold of someone at APC and offer them an XBox and a car if they just email you, I get a new flatscreen TV? ;)

Cool...

Comment 7 by Jim Priest posted on 4/10/2007 at 8:11 PM

What kind of PC do you have - monitor(s), etc. I'd probably go with Robert's suggestion if you have the money get a bigger one than you think you need (at least 1000Va).

I'd also look and see if it has CAT5 and modem protection. You can plug in all your PC stuff and lightening can come in and zap your PC through the CAT5. I lost a router once this way - luckly the router bit it before the surge hit my PC.

I have a 2400 or something like that at home. It's way more than I need (esp. since I got rid of my CRT) but it also comes in handy during power outages - I've plugged my TV and a lamp into it before.

Comment 8 by Raymond Camden posted on 4/10/2007 at 8:12 PM

I've got on PC and 2 monitors. I've already got a nice surge protector. Could I attach that to the UPS? Ie,

Wall - UPS - Surgeprotect/multiplugin doohicky.

Comment 9 by Lance posted on 4/10/2007 at 8:16 PM

A lot of people are suggesting APC. I have a Powerchute but for some reason it has been strangely shutting itself down every morning around the same time (7:00 a.m.). Isn't a battery backup supposed to <i>prevent</i> that?!

Maybe I have a faulty backup...

Comment 10 by Robert Owen posted on 4/10/2007 at 8:16 PM

Yes you can do that... Only.. if you have a laser printer don't put that on the UPS.. It pulls more power at the beginning of a Print job and (if you don't get a big enough UPS) can overload the battery.

Comment 11 by Robert Owen posted on 4/10/2007 at 8:18 PM

Lance-- Hold old is the battery.. It may be at the end of it's life. The Powerchute software should have a battery test in it... run that and see what it says.

Comment 12 by Jim Priest posted on 4/10/2007 at 8:26 PM

Ray - that should be fine - I usually hook my stuff up with 2 powerstrips - one plugged into the 'battery backup' side of the UPS - for PC, monitors, etc.

Then I have another powerstrip plugged into the 'surge only' side for routers, speakers, etc...

Comment 13 by Jim Priest posted on 4/10/2007 at 8:30 PM

I usually get 3-4 years out of the cheaper UPSs. Usually places like Batteries Plus will have replacement batteries for a reasonable fee (and will take the old battery)...

Comment 14 by RobW posted on 4/10/2007 at 8:44 PM

I recommend this:
http://www.buy.com/prod/Bel...

We have a few running our network equipment in our office and they seem to last longer than most of our similarly sized APCs. Plus the price is pretty good from here.

Comment 15 by DK posted on 4/10/2007 at 9:43 PM

I've gotta give another nod to APC. I've had the personal 550 up to the server big dogs and outside some battery issues that were more due to my laziness at replacing.... they've been solid for years. Powerchute lets you gracefully exit and save etc when neccessary and I've never fried out a part so far (fingers crossed) from dirty power (or had to put that mail in claim for a bazillion dollars to the test either lol).

Someone mentioned the lil $40 one and while they work well I wouldn't suggest that if you have more than a simple comp, monitor, speaker etc plugged in or you may have problems. I'd plunk down the $100 and get the next one up to leave less room for disappointment. (aka I've maxed out the 550 and the previous $50 models heh) :)

Comment 16 by Todd Sanders posted on 4/10/2007 at 9:47 PM

Battery Backup is only half the problem, you need to get a line regulator also,
specially for things like laser printers that can suck up allot of juice. I have one of these and a battery backup on all my workstations.. 50 bucks a pop isn't bad when you are talking about a 3k -5k editing bay.

http://www.apc.com/products...

Comment 17 by Justice posted on 4/10/2007 at 9:54 PM

Or you can just get a Prius and run it as a power generator while its parked at your house. =)

Comment 18 by Raymond Camden posted on 4/10/2007 at 10:01 PM

@Justice - We have the Highlander. :)

Comment 19 by darrell posted on 4/10/2007 at 10:33 PM

Ray
for about 40% off belkin enter "12345" for the promotion code. How about that for a discount code!!

http://catalog.belkin.com/I...

Comment 20 by Stephen Cassady posted on 4/10/2007 at 10:33 PM

Most any backup should do, just get enough battery to make it worth while. I've actually got the APC designed to let me get off my computer, then I'll move the APC over to the fishtanks to keep the pumps going!

Comment 21 by Rick Curran posted on 4/10/2007 at 11:54 PM

Yep, definitely make sure it's powerful enough to run everything you have. I bought a 550va APC UPS for my Dual G5 Tower, I never realised how much power this machine can use when at full tilt! It pushed the UPS over it's limit fairly frequently and got too annoying with the 'beeeeeeeeep' each time! Now it's running a couple of PC boxes and a backup hard drive. Just check the range of the power consumption on any devices you want to attach!

Comment 22 by Raymond Camden posted on 4/11/2007 at 12:35 AM

Ok, I'm going for this one: http://catalog.belkin.com/I...

With the 40 dollar rebate it looks nice.

Comment 23 by Robert Blackburn posted on 4/11/2007 at 3:46 AM

Awesome! I just won Ray's XBox, car, and flat screen TV....
I work at APC, and I will personally fix that error ASAP.

I'll email my mailing address once it is fixed :o)

I'm glad to see all the APC supporters :o)
Wana see some of the other cool things you can buy from us, while checking out one of my team's newest CFML tools (uses some CFAjax too): http://www.apcc.com/tools/w...
Sorry, couldn't resist such a prime opportunity to promote my company :o)

And hey, does Belkin use Flex?
http://www.apcc.com/tools/s...

OK, I'm done now :o)

Comment 24 by Rick Root posted on 4/11/2007 at 6:36 AM

Ray,

I have a really nice APC Back-UPS XS 1500 that I've been very happy with. Got it on a ridiculously good sale at Best Buy.. I know I didn't pay $200 for it, which seems to be the low price on Froogle...

Is it just coincidence that my anti-spam key is "XS", which is also in the model of the UPS that I just mentioned?

Rick

Comment 25 by jim collins posted on 4/11/2007 at 10:39 PM

It's hard to go wrong with NewEgg:
http://www.newegg.com/Produ...
Here's the one I have, works great:
http://www.newegg.com/Produ...

You should never plug a surge protector into a UPS, very bad idea unless you like sparks, smoke and flames. This will also void the warrenty. I wouldn't even plug a power strip into it...

http://www.xyzcomputing.com...

Comment 26 by Chris L. posted on 4/11/2007 at 10:46 PM

This one from Belkin is pretty good:

http://www.buy.com/prod/bel...

I have been running on it for a couple months and its been stable. Load is good, price is pretty cheap considering. I haven't run into any problems yet.

Comment 27 by Raymond Camden posted on 4/11/2007 at 10:48 PM

Ok guys - stop suggesting new things. I've bought one and I don't want buyers remorse. ;) (No its ok. Others might want to know good ideas as well.)

Comment 28 by jim collins posted on 4/11/2007 at 11:03 PM

This is the one I use for my clock radio:

http://www.newegg.com/Produ...

Comment 29 by Tero Pikala posted on 4/12/2007 at 1:53 AM

One more vote for APC. My Linux box has been behind one for about 2 years now and kept it running over couple of short power outages.

Comment 30 by Paul posted on 6/7/2007 at 11:55 AM

I've heard it isn't a good idea to plug an extension cord or surge protector into a UPS, but I have for over a year now and my UPS is just fine. The main thing is not to overload the UPS by plugging too many devices into the extension cord or surge protector.

I have a UPS that is rated 600VA. I have a 17" monitor, Altec Lansing speakers (2.1) and the computer. There are only two outputs on the back of the UPS, so I put a surge protector into one out of outlets on the UPS and plugged my computer and monitor into that and the speakers into the other UPS outlet.

When the power goes out, all my equipment stays on, for 15 minutes at least.

Yeah, you shouldn't plug a surge protector in, but if you do, do NOT overload it. My setup doesn't overload my UPS though.

Comment 31 by Paul posted on 6/7/2007 at 11:56 AM

I've heard it isn't a good idea to plug an extension cord or surge protector into a UPS, but I have for over a year now and my UPS is just fine. The main thing is not to overload the UPS by plugging too many devices into the extension cord or surge protector.

I have a UPS that is rated 600VA. I have a 17" monitor, Altec Lansing speakers (2.1) and the computer. There are only two outputs on the back of the UPS, so I put a surge protector into one out of outlets on the UPS and plugged my computer and monitor into that and the speakers into the other UPS outlet.

When the power goes out, all my equipment stays on, for 15 minutes at least.

Yeah, you shouldn't plug a surge protector in, but if you do, do NOT overload it. My setup doesn't overload my UPS though.