Stephen Brown on 11 Jun 2008 14:08:33 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] How to figure out my UPS needs

TuskenTower wrote:
> So, I lost power last night (so boring!) and obviously, my internet
> connection and VOIP service went kaput.  I have been meaning to get a
> UPS to power the cable modem, router, VOIP adapter and wireless phone,
> but I have no idea how to figure out what will do the job.  Does
> anyone know how a complete n00b could go about figuring out what UPS
> to buy?
> thanks,
> Amul

If you get one of the power meters like this

(available online and I have seen them in Home Depot occasionally) then 
you can plug everything you want to have on the ups into it and then 
stress out your computers for a while and see what the maximum power 
draw is. Then most of the UPS suppliers like APC have a "sizing" page 
that lets you plug in the runtime and power requirements and pick a UPS 
that fits your needs.

- Steve
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