APC/UPS Power Management Software for OS X

Discussion in 'Mac Applications and Mac App Store' started by bedifferent, Feb 22, 2011.

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    bedifferent

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    I know that Snow Leopard comes with power management software but it's limited at best when compared to APC's "Powerchute" for Windows. APC doesn't support MAC OS X in terms of detailed management. I researched and bought an APC Back-UPS XS 1500 for my Mac Pro as it was the best hardware wise for the price, yet I'd like to have more control. Is there any third party software that allows for greater management?
     
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    bedifferent

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    Unfortunately you might be correct. APC is one of the higher ranked UPS's so I have the Back-UPS XS 1500 running on my Mac Pro but the power management software OS X provides is very primitive. "Powerchute" that works in Windows with APC systems allows for precise monitoring: logging any errors or surges, daily/weekly/monthly energy usage and prices based on local kWh/hour charges, battery status/total charge capability, etc.

    Three options in OS X "System Preferences" doesn't make for full power management. Sucks.
     
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    There is also something called apcupsd but unfortunately isn't 64 bit yet (iow you need to boot with the 32 bit kernel on the current MBP and MP). At least it's free and open source (you can have some influence on the development).
     
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    steve knight

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    I agree it sucks. you can't do testing or anything.
    I kept getting on battery warnings out of the blue. computer used to shut down sometimes because of it. even a new ups did nto fix it for awhile now it seems ok.
     
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    Looks nice but the price is out of the ballpark for the casual home user.
     
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    willfurnell

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    I wouldn't say £25 is out of the ballpark if that's what the OP needs done.
     
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    wilsonlaidlaw

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    £25 v the cost of a power surge - no contest

    I have been meaning to get a UPS for my French house for some time, as it has a very fragile local power supply, with frequent major thunderstorms. The house has actually been hit twice in the last 7 years. I have all sorts of anti surge and anti lighting protection, with a bank of caps down in the cellar plus fast cut gas valve diverter switches. However, nothing beats a UPS for surge and cut off protection. To date I have been put off by the lack of good Mac UPS software. £25 seems very small beer to protect my Mac and my work.
     
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    It's $50 US...which is a third of the cost of my UPS itself. Considering the features built into the included Windows version of APC's PowerChute, it would be nice if they'd include a comparably featured Mac version *free" and not just rely on the crappy OS X built-in support.
     
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    Then have a look at
    http://mackbyte.com/power-out

    they have a trial. Works a little different though.
     

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