JP Vossen on 9 May 2009 10:39:54 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Is Any UPS Any Good?

> Date: Fri, 8 May 2009 20:06:38 -0400
> From: Casey Bralla <>

> I have been underwhelmed by the reliability of the UPSs I have bought.  After 
> investigation, I find the batteries themselves usually still have a charge, but 
> the charging circuitry is fried.
> Most power outages last just a few seconds.  I don't care about monitors and 
> such, so I have only the main CPU box plugged in to these puppies.   I had 
> thought this meant that I could buy low cost, low capacity units.   Maybe I 
> was wrong.
> Are any of them any good?  

I won't say I know that much on the topic, but I've only had 1 APC UPS 
crap out on me, and the equipment lived.

I am a big fan of, and have no relationship except as 
happy customer.  You can get big units (with new batteries) for cheap, 
which has worked well for me over the last 4-6 years.

I do keep an LCD monitor on the UPS, so I have something from which to 
shut down if needed, and can also keep working for short outages.  One 
of these days I really do need to implement the network monitoring via 
NUT or whatever, that Lee mentioned.

Also, pick up a ~$25 Kill-A-Watt from Amazon.  Great little tool you can 
plug stuff into and see all kinds of power stats.  I'll try to remember 
to bring it to the next PLUG N & W meetings again.

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