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#157159 21-Nov-2014 13:53
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I have recently changed my main machine from a laptop to a (Mid 2011) Mac Mini. Unfortunately, as the Mac does not have a battery, I have already lost work due to a power outage.

In order to prevent this happening again, I believe I need a UPS for the Mac? Presumably it needs the ability to either:

1. Power the Mac (but not necessarily my monitor) all the way through a power outage (an hour or so?), or
2. Automatically hibernate the Mac (running either OS X or Windows) when the power fails

Which of these approaches would you recommend? Is there any particular hardware I should look for?

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  #1180798 21-Nov-2014 14:38
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Most modern consumer-grade UPS will have a USB port to connect to your PC and can be configured to shutdown or hibernate the machine. Belkin and Eaton brands come to mind - I have both.

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  #1180826 21-Nov-2014 15:18
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Depends how much you're willing to spend. I've just had a look through Pricespy and cross referenced with reviews on Amazon
This Cyberpower PFC 1500VA has extremely good reviews on Amazon. Like freitasm said most will do USB. Would suggest at least 750VA, up to 1500VA.

In my experience stay well away from Blazer, don't know about Dynamics but wouldn't expect much from them.

I think when you plug one in it will probably show up in the Mac control panel and allow power off settings for when the battery gets low.

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