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# 177001 18-Jul-2015 15:56
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My sister, who is on UFB, just upgraded to the 200/20 VoIP plan with Spark. This is done through Downer, and they suggest in their sign-up literature that she gets a UPS, which is something she'd been thinking of doing for a while anyway. She was wondering what make/model would be best for reliability, cost-effectiveness and ease of use. It would just be to keep the Internet and phone going in an outage. Suggestions much appreciated.

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  # 1346852 18-Jul-2015 16:37
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I'll be getting one of the Constant Vigil Lite's I think when I get UFB - http://constantvigil.com/shop,shop,2,1,001.html - review on the homepage of Geekzone.
However it would really rely on having a safe place to set it up and have the battery where it isn't going to get bumped etc.
Benefits would be high efficiency and a long runtime.

My next choice would be a 'multibox' type model http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=818791 - assuming the adapters would plug into this OK. These get quite hot and wouldn't run as long, but are a bit more mainstream...

The APC Back-UPS 650 or something is OK but you have to modify a multibox to plug into the IEC female plug (they don't have a standard 3 pin wall type outlet)


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  # 1346873 18-Jul-2015 17:09
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it all depends on where its going, a standard desktop UPS wont generally wont fit into a UFB cabinet inside, so its going to be left sitting on the ground/shelf or something like that. may not look the best.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1346875 18-Jul-2015 17:10
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I did the review of the sentry lite. It's a good unit, so long as you can put things out of the way. A 7AH battery gives 6 hours backup power, I'll put in a 30AH battery some time - the 7AH can stay on, the 30AH I'll keep disconnected and only connect during an emergency. I also got a USB charger that works off 12V so I can charge my phone during a disaster.

If it has to be pretty then go for something else.



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  # 1347219 19-Jul-2015 15:15
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Cool, thanks for the suuggestions and info. I will pass it along.




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jnimmo: I'll be getting one of the Constant Vigil Lite's I think when I get UFB - http://constantvigil.com/shop,shop,2,1,001.html - review on the homepage of Geekzone.
However it would really rely on having a safe place to set it up and have the battery where it isn't going to get bumped etc.
Benefits would be high efficiency and a long runtime.

My next choice would be a 'multibox' type model http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=818791 - assuming the adapters would plug into this OK. These get quite hot and wouldn't run as long, but are a bit more mainstream...

The APC Back-UPS 650 or something is OK but you have to modify a multibox to plug into the IEC female plug (they don't have a standard 3 pin wall type outlet)


And keep in mind that when the power goes out the BackUPS will keep beeping until the powers back or battery dies, not really ideal in the middle of night.




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  # 1352293 27-Jul-2015 09:21
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webwat: And keep in mind that when the power goes out the BackUPS will keep beeping until the powers back or battery dies, not really ideal in the middle of night.


Good point, thanks.




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