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Topic # 198888 27-Jul-2016 10:05
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I tried searching but it returned more about backups than UPS :)


I know nothing about them but a client of mine had a power cut yesterday which appears to have fried one of their desktops. It wont boot, wont even post most of the time and HDSentinel shows the HDD at 14% health so they will likely just replace it.


It isn't mission critical if they are down during power cuts and I don't care about their ancient fax/printer. I'd just like them to have the option to shutdown their pc's nicely should this happen again. They've had a couple of power cuts in the last month but yesterday it was off for 15 minutes.


Any suggestions on a budget friendly device ?

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  Reply # 1599446 27-Jul-2016 11:54
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I have a "Blazer III" 1200w unit from PB Tech for about $115 several months ago.


It's line-interactive, so kicks in instantly if the power goes out.


On it I have:


2 x Synology dual-bay NAS


2 x router (one bridge and one actual wifi router for the house).


1 x hands-free landline phone


1 x Raspberry Pi 3 running Raspian Linux, acting as a TOR relay. 


If the power goes out it can keep that lot going for about 2.5 hours. Longer if the NAS as in sleep mode due to not being used presently.


For a power-hungry desktop PC and screen you might be looking at 8-12 someone better be standing right there when the power goes out.


Much better to use laptops? They have 'UPS' built right in. ;-)



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  Reply # 1599459 27-Jul-2016 12:23
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That's a "how long is a piece of string?" question.


What are you trying to drive during a power cut, and for how long?


One PC plus monitor? Several PCS? A server?


What do you mean "budget friendly"? (To me that means less than $1,000).


I run four UPSs in my SOHO office.


The largest of these is a business-grade APC 1500VA UPS costing $1500.


The smallest is a 700VA APC ES700 costing $210 - this might suit you very well.


Buy a "good" brand of UPS - cheap ones are cheap for a reason, and have a short service life.


Any UPS needs new batteries every 3 years or so.




EDIT:  UPS units vary in price from $100 (rubbish) to $5,000+ for heavy business use.


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