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Topic # 192298 5-Mar-2016 15:08
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I currently have UFB on order and am looking into getting a UPS to keep the ONT and Router running during a power outage (I am with Spark so the phone is connected to the ONT, not the router). I have been looking at the CyberPower BRICs 850VA floor model, the APC Back-UPS series and the Fuel Cube that Spark recommends. Does anyone have one of these and could comment on run-time (for a Chorus ONT and a Netgear N600 Modem/Router) or give advice for selecting a UPS. I am looking for ideally 4 hours of run-time. Thanks.


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  Reply # 1506497 5-Mar-2016 15:31
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... I am looking for ideally 4 hours of run-time.

 

Not many domestic UPS units will run for that long, even with a light load and fresh batteries. 
Most are designed to run for less than 30 minutes, giving time for a graceful shutdown.

 

I have a business-grade 1500VA APC UPS that recently ran for 3+ hours during a power cut, driving a modem, a router, a switch, and one small server.

 

The catch - the UPS cost more than $1,500.  undecided

 

The Fuel Cube sounds interesting, but I have never used one.

 

 





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  Reply # 1506550 5-Mar-2016 17:38
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I've got two of these. Quite nice http://constantvigil.com/shop,shop,2,1,001.html





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  Reply # 1506551 5-Mar-2016 17:38
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my APC smart UPS 750 will give me about 4-5h of run time. It has the PC, Monitor, Cordless Phone and Modem hanging off it. When the UPS gets to 75% the PC will turn off and i get 4-5 hours all up from the phone and modem. Have never really drained it fully as the longest power outage we have had has been about 2.5h. There was still about 40-50% left in the UPS.

 

Has an hour outage the other day and the UPS was on 61% when the power went back on, but remember the PC sucks a lot of power when on. With just the modem and phone i would suspect 5+ hours easily.


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  Reply # 1506566 5-Mar-2016 18:48
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All of the devices short-listed by the OP cost less than $300.

 

The APC UPSs discussed here - all truly excellent hardware - cost way more than $300.

 

Of the affordable devices, the Fuel Cube looks the best bet - alternatively, the Sentry Lite.

 

Just my two cents worth  smile

 

 





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  Reply # 1506655 5-Mar-2016 23:08
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Watch out that UPS' designed for servers generally have a beeper that screams when the power goes out, since you really want to know that something's wrong even at 1am. Try to find the ones suggested above that allow you to just run the minimum amount of gear (ONT and router) for as long as possible without fuss. Keep in mind the units efficiency and battery capacity (eg 100Ah) are more relevant than the load capacity eg 500VA.





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  Reply # 1506657 5-Mar-2016 23:14
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instead of converting 240v to 12v to 240v to Adaptor12v maybe look for a 12volt ups similar to this product, http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cyberpower-CSN27U12V-NA2-CyberShield-UPS-P-S-12V-27W-7-2AH-BATT-/262305362024.

 

There was a similar unit i cant think of in New Zealand i just cant think of the name or vendor.






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  Reply # 1506744 6-Mar-2016 08:21
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+1 for Sentry Light, great service as well (had the privlidge of personal delivery here in ChCh). 

 

Using it for powering the ONT and VF supplied router.   Its simple, easy and small. 

 

You need to ask yourself what it is you want to power and how long for when the power fails.  For this set up, the Sentry light is for keeping the phone active as my "old lady" doesent need internet. 

 

Edit:  I heard that an 'all in one' unit is almost ready to launch. 

 

 


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  Reply # 1506746 6-Mar-2016 08:24
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Since you're not using 230V and have the inefficiencies of DC->AC->DC why not just get something like the constant vigil which is designed for exactly what you want? http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=18451

 

 


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  Reply # 1506816 6-Mar-2016 11:23
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Review of Constant Vigil here on Geekzone. Works great. I have a 7AH battery on mine, 30AH charged beside it. 7AH lasts 6 hours.





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  Reply # 1506823 6-Mar-2016 11:40
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timmmay:

 

Review of Constant Vigil here on Geekzone. Works great. I have a 7AH battery on mine, 30AH charged beside it. 7AH lasts 6 hours.

 

 

Have you had any power outages to get the benefit of it, since you got one?


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  Reply # 1506825 6-Mar-2016 11:40
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Goosey:

 

+1 for Sentry Light   <snip>

 

Edit:  I heard that an 'all in one' unit is almost ready to launch. 

 

 

Sounds good - can anybody give us more info on this?  wink 





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  Reply # 1506836 6-Mar-2016 11:52
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DarthKermit:

 

 

 

Have you had any power outages to get the benefit of it, since you got one?

 

 

Yep, it works well. Plus I randomly plugged in and unplugged the mains when I first got in, including a run down test of the battery. We've had a couple of power cuts, my area is fairly poor for urban. I have the small battery for small outages, plus quite a bit more for longer outages.





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  Reply # 1506837 6-Mar-2016 11:56
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might be worth trying Dick smith.  

 

they had a few there the other day, tucked away on a lower shelf (lets be honest, a UPS is not really something that 'most' people look for DSE, so I bet they will still be there)  so you could probably get yourself a good price on it if you ask the manager for his best offer.

 

(not sure what model it was, or even if it was any good - but probably worth a look)




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The thing I am concerned about with the centenial is as the ONT is owned by Chorus and this would entail not using the included power adapter, if the ONT were to break somehow (e.g. faulty but not of my doing), would Chorus try to get me to pay for the new one because I was using an 'unapproved power adapter'. I would hate to think of the cost of those things. smile


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