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Recommended UPS?

Message #1 - Posted 2007/11/30 - Stimpy

My power has just gone down *again* (third time this week) and I've finally decided it's time to get myself a UPS.

Unfortunately for me, I know nothing about UPS's so can anyone recommend something that would support two computers for a minute or so?

TIA

Message #2 - Posted 2007/11/30 - Woody

On Fri, 30 Nov 2007 18:22:09 +0000, Stimpy wrote:

My power has just gone down *again* (third time this week) and I've finally decided it's time to get myself a UPS.

Unfortunately for me, I know nothing about UPS's so can anyone recommend something that would support two computers for a minute or so?

Anything with APC written on the front (apart from in pen) would be a good choice!

Woody

Message #3 - Posted 2007/11/30 - Peter Ceresole

Stimpy wrote:

My power has just gone down *again* (third time this week) and I've finally decided it's time to get myself a UPS.

My Gahd! Where *are* you? Baghdad?

Peter

Message #4 - Posted 2007/11/30 - Andy Hewitt

Stimpy wrote:

My power has just gone down *again* (third time this week) and I've finally decided it's time to get myself a UPS.

Unfortunately for me, I know nothing about UPS's so can anyone recommend something that would support two computers for a minute or so?

APC are the ones to go for if you can afford them. I have a Belkin Universal 1200VA here, and that seems to be working fine for the last six months or so. The Belkin has the benefit of using plain 13amp plug sockets, whereas others tend to use the Bulgin type (kettle leads).

Message #5 - Posted 2007/11/30 - Odiferous

Andy Hewitt wrote:

Stimpy wrote:

My power has just gone down *again* (third time this week) and I've finally decided it's time to get myself a UPS.

Unfortunately for me, I know nothing about UPS's so can anyone recommend something that would support two computers for a minute or so?

APC are the ones to go for if you can afford them. I have a Belkin Universal 1200VA here, and that seems to be working fine for the last six months or so. The Belkin has the benefit of using plain 13amp plug sockets, whereas others tend to use the Bulgin type (kettle leads).

--
Andy Hewitt
<http://web.mac.com/andrewhewitt1/>

Belkin are great - in winter.

Mine (Belkin Universal 1200VA) caught fire in my office and took down a (then) stupidly expensive computer and everything plugged into the UPS.

Won't touch anything but APC.

Duncan

Retrodata
www.retrodata.co.uk
Globally Local Data Recovery Experts

Message #6 - Posted 2007/11/30 - Stimpy

On Fri, 30 Nov 2007 18:45:51 +0000, Peter Ceresole wrote

My power has just gone down *again* (third time this week) and I've finally decided it's time to get myself a UPS.

My Gahd! Where *are* you? Baghdad?

Mid-Wales :-)

Message #7 - Posted 2007/11/30 - Peter Ceresole

Stimpy wrote:

My Gahd! Where *are* you? Baghdad?

Mid-Wales :-)

Oh heavens. Do you suppose it will turn out all right for you in the end?

Peter

Message #8 - Posted 2007/11/30 - Gareth Slee

Peter Ceresole wrote:

Stimpy wrote:

My Gahd! Where *are* you? Baghdad?

Mid-Wales :-)

Oh heavens. Do you suppose it will turn out all right for you in the end?

At least he'll be able to see the Milky Way...

Am I the only Gareth Slee?
http://www.garethslee.com

Message #9 - Posted 2007/11/30 - Andy Hewitt

Odiferous wrote:

Belkin are great - in winter.

Mine (Belkin Universal 1200VA) caught fire in my office and took down a (then) stupidly expensive computer and everything plugged into the UPS.

Won't touch anything but APC.

Yeah, I heard of others too, but doing some searching with Google also finds catching fire incidents with APC units too.

Trouble is the APC units are double the price.

Message #10 - Posted 2007/11/30 - Jaimie Vandenbergh

On Fri, 30 Nov 2007 21:00:25 +0000, Andy Hewitt wrote:

Odiferous wrote:

Belkin are great - in winter.

Mine (Belkin Universal 1200VA) caught fire in my office and took down a (then) stupidly expensive computer and everything plugged into the UPS.

Won't touch anything but APC.

Yeah, I heard of others too, but doing some searching with Google also finds catching fire incidents with APC units too.

Trouble is the APC units are double the price.

I got my APCs (1400VA 2u rackmountables with new batteries) off eBay for a bit under £80 each inc p&p. Seller is "ups-trader" and he's ever so helpful.

Cheers - Jaimie

They called me mad, and I called them mad, and damn them, they outvoted me. - Nathaniel Lee

Message #11 - Posted 2007/11/30 - Andy Hewitt

Jaimie Vandenbergh wrote:

On Fri, 30 Nov 2007 21:00:25 +0000, Andy Hewitt wrote:

Odiferous wrote:

Belkin are great - in winter.

Mine (Belkin Universal 1200VA) caught fire in my office and took down a (then) stupidly expensive computer and everything plugged into the UPS.

Won't touch anything but APC.

Yeah, I heard of others too, but doing some searching with Google also finds catching fire incidents with APC units too.

Trouble is the APC units are double the price.

I got my APCs (1400VA 2u rackmountables with new batteries) off eBay for a bit under £80 each inc p&p. Seller is "ups-trader" and he's ever so helpful.

Aye, they're coming down. When I got mine the APC 1000VA models were about £120, the Belkin was about £70.

Message #12 - Posted 2007/11/30 - Stimpy

On Fri, 30 Nov 2007 21:06:46 +0000, Jaimie Vandenbergh wrote

On Fri, 30 Nov 2007 21:00:25 +0000, Andy Hewitt wrote:

Odiferous wrote:

Belkin are great - in winter.

Mine (Belkin Universal 1200VA) caught fire in my office and took down a (then) stupidly expensive computer and everything plugged into the UPS.

Won't touch anything but APC.

Yeah, I heard of others too, but doing some searching with Google also finds catching fire incidents with APC units too.

Trouble is the APC units are double the price.

I got my APCs (1400VA 2u rackmountables with new batteries) off eBay for a bit under £80 each inc p&p. Seller is "ups-trader" and he's ever so helpful.

Oooo... sounds interesting... I'll take a look. Thanks everyone

Message #13 - Posted 2007/11/30 - Stimpy

On Fri, 30 Nov 2007 20:55:16 +0000, Gareth Slee wrote

At least he'll be able to see the Milky Way...

Living out here has it's advantages - aside from the flaky power of course

Message #14 - Posted 2007/11/30 - Gareth Slee

Stimpy wrote:

On Fri, 30 Nov 2007 20:55:16 +0000, Gareth Slee wrote

At least he'll be able to see the Milky Way...

Living out here has it's advantages - aside from the flaky power of course

Far too many city dwellers think Milky Way is a chocolate bar...

Am I the only Gareth Slee?
http://www.garethslee.com

Message #15 - Posted 2007/11/30 - Stimpy

On Fri, 30 Nov 2007 22:11:22 +0000, Gareth Slee wrote

Far too many city dwellers think Milky Way is a chocolate bar...

...that you can eat between meals without losing your appetite

Message #16 - Posted 2007/11/30 - Woody

Jaimie Vandenbergh wrote:

On Fri, 30 Nov 2007 21:00:25 +0000, Andy Hewitt wrote:

Odiferous wrote:

Belkin are great - in winter.

Mine (Belkin Universal 1200VA) caught fire in my office and took down a (then) stupidly expensive computer and everything plugged into the UPS.

Won't touch anything but APC.

Yeah, I heard of others too, but doing some searching with Google also finds catching fire incidents with APC units too.

Trouble is the APC units are double the price.

I got my APCs (1400VA 2u rackmountables with new batteries) off eBay for a bit under £80 each inc p&p. Seller is "ups-trader" and he's ever so helpful.

I got a black USB APC 1000 to replace my old serial one for under £80 with new batteries too, also from ebay (ups-warehouse) in 2005. It isn't as vital as it used to be since I moved to the town from the country, but it is still nice to have.

Woody

www.alienrat.com

Message #17 - Posted 2007/12/01 - Andrew Stephenson

Previously wildrover.andy@googlemail.com "Andy Hewitt" writes:

[...] The Belkin has the benefit of using plain 13amp plug sockets, whereas others tend to use the Bulgin type (kettle leads).

IEC[*] connectors?

[* : "International Electrotechnical Commission" or similar IIRC] --
Andrew Stephenson

Message #18 - Posted 2007/12/01 - Andy Hewitt

Andrew Stephenson wrote:

Previously wildrover.andy@googlemail.com "Andy Hewitt" writes:

[...] The Belkin has the benefit of using plain 13amp plug sockets, whereas others tend to use the Bulgin type (kettle leads).

IEC[*] connectors?

[* : "International Electrotechnical Commission" or similar IIRC]

Yeah, sorry, senior moment then!

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