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Topic # 32155 14-Apr-2009 19:58
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After one too many power cuts I am needing a UPS. 

It will only berequired to run my desktop pc & monitor until I can safely save my work and shut down the pc. 

Would also be nice to have software utility included that could shut the PC down if the battery is nearly discharged.  Connected with USB

Budget <$200

Any recommendations?

Thanks




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  Reply # 206949 14-Apr-2009 21:01
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Would this one be suitable?

What is "Line Interactive"?




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  Reply # 206958 14-Apr-2009 22:39
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I think 600VA should be ok for a PC and monitor. I have a 800VA for a Mac and a couple of other things, and a 1200VA for a desktop PC, five external drives, router and ATA device...





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  Reply # 206969 14-Apr-2009 23:09
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JimmyLizar: What is "Line Interactive"?


Dredged from my memory - there are 3 main types of UPS - offline, line interactive, and online.

Offline - the battery feed cuts in when the AC input drops, causing a spike/surge at that time. No/negligible AC input power cleaning
Line interactive - semi online - cleans the power up a bit, correcting wave form partially etc, still small surge/spike at cutover time
Online - device(s) are running off battery the whole time providing perfect power all the time

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  Reply # 206973 14-Apr-2009 23:35
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i really like the APC UPS's because they integrate nicely with windows without having to install extra software.  With the APC devices you can use the windows sleep and hibernate settings like you would on a laptop.  I tried a few other brands and was never satisfied due to various incompatibility problems.




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