Which to buy: APC upc or BELKIN upc?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by DEXTERITY, Mar 23, 2005.

  1. DEXTERITY macrumors 6502a

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    This may be too open of a question. However, is Belkin or APC more reliable when it comes to their UPs's? I have used APC in the past and had no problems. Yet, someone was mentioning to me that Belkins are better (can handle brownouts better). I know Belkin makes good products, but if someone can enlighten me I would appreciate it. thanks..
     
  2. tersono macrumors 68000

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    I've had considerable experience with both, and I'd DEFINITELY go for APC. It's not uncommon for an APC UPS to last 10 years or more (with an occasional change of batteries, of course), but the Belkins we've used haven't been anything like as reliable in the long term.

    I've found it easier to source inexpensive third-party batteries for APC too.
     
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    APC is synonymous with all things UPS.
    Belkin is synonymous with cheap products.

    You decide.
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    If you have frequent brownouts. look for a UPC that has voltage regulation as well as the battery. That way, when the power sags some rather than cuts out completely, the regulator makes up the missing voltage instead of going to the battery. This saves the battery's charge for when the voltages goes below the critical voltage or cuts out. It also makes the battery last longer.

    The APC "Pro" series have this feature.
     
  5. DEXTERITY thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I meant ups. My mind is in a million places. anyways. I guess I will stick with APC and get one with voltage regulation. Thanks for the help.
     

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