TuskenTower on 11 Jun 2008 14:27:31 -0700

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

On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 10:35 AM, Stephen Brown <sbrown@mediaguide.com> wrote:
> 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
> http://www.p3international.com/products/special/P4400/P4400-CE.html
> (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

Thanks for the tip.  I'll have to dig out my kill-a-watt.

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