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Topic # 127240 3-Aug-2013 16:11 Send private message

Could anyone recommend a good UPS for 27" Mac it will run a router and WD my book only for safe shutdowns not run time Im a bit lost on the sine wave matter any thoughts would be great cheers.

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  Reply # 889719 4-Sep-2013 14:58 Send private message

Hi lumberg,

The Eaton 5P integrates with the Apple Integrated Power Management quite nicely, check for product details.

I'd recommend the 1150VA Tower model, i found one through price spy for around $850.

Hope this helps.

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  Reply # 889783 4-Sep-2013 16:30 Send private message

you can get like a 3kVa Online refurbished UPS for that much and that runs like 6 servers and 2 switches for us!

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Reply # 889788 4-Sep-2013 16:42 Send private message

I'll bring the marshmellows ;)


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  Reply # 890072 5-Sep-2013 08:08 Send private message

I would suggest an APC BackUPS Pro either 900VA or 1200VA. These model have a display which can tell you what you are drawing and

900vA is $393 on price spy
1200VA is 481

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  Reply # 891004 6-Sep-2013 16:31 Send private message

I'm not convinced Powerchute works on OSX, also the BackUPS only has a 0.6 PF allowing only 540W for the 900VA unit and 720W for the 1200VA (less bang for your buck), the Eaton 5S 850VA / 510W for $220 and the Eaton 5S 1200VA / 720W for $320 (but is waiting on a firmware upgrade to integrate with OSX, expected within 6 months).

I hear Aquire is running a competition for a $300 fine dining voucher with each Eaton purchase?


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  Reply # 891046 6-Sep-2013 18:23 Send private message

What do you need Powerchute for on a Mac, the system detects most UPS brands and give you and give you a UPS tab under the energy preferences

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  Reply # 891346 7-Sep-2013 15:54 Send private message

I use a Dynamix UPS1700 that was cheap (about $300) and has performed admirably over the last 10 months or so.

It won't run my Mac Pro for hours - maybe 10-20 minutes is all. However, it solves the problem of the annoying 10 second power cuts that our third world electricity grid delivers out here on an almost daily basis.

It gives me plenty of time to save and shut down if need be too.

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