Anyone uses a UPS battery backup?

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  1. polya80 macrumors member

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    Just out of curiosity, is a UPS battery backup needed for my iMac?
    It has a surge protector now but I am wondering if I should get a UPS for it.

    What do most people do?
     
  2. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    I only have one for my computer at work because I'm a computer programmer and I need to be able to save changes to files when a power outage occurs.

    I do not have one at home because I'm never doing anything that important. :D
     
  3. Tom Dahl macrumors member

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    For the last couple of years I have had a small UPS which drives the two power strips into which my two macs, DSL router, printer, external drives, etc. are connected. Where I live the electric power flickers way down or blinks off every couple of months. I grew tired of having the computers shut off, not to mention worried about the electrical strain on them during the voltage drops.

    I also enjoy having the UPS for the option of plugging a desk lamp or something into it if needed during a power failure at night.
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    I have a small UPS running my DVR. Its also hooked up to my mini to shut it down in the event of a power failure. If your power is steady and clean there really isn't a need for one but they are fairly cheap.
     
  5. dborja macrumors 6502a

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    I use UPSes: one protects my iMac, AEBS and external drives. The other protects my cable/TA modem, Linksys router, AE and cordless telephone base station. They came in handy when a transformer blew up in our neighborhood and we lost power - the iMac sensed it through the UPS USB line and powered down gracefully and I had Internet connection for at least an hour with my MacBook and iPhone after losing power before having to rely on 3G on my iPhone. They also help smooth out power during brownouts and surges...
     
  6. Moocher macrumors regular

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    I highly recommend a UPS. It's cheap insurance, covering you for short brown outs and black outs. You also get a chance for an organized shut down for longer power outages. I have two in my tv/dvr/receiver cabinet, one on my time capsule/modem/printer, and one on an old gigabit mac pro.

    If you get one with a replaceable battery it will last a long time.

    Mooch
     
  7. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    I've always had one, for every system I've owned for at least 15 years. In all that time I've never (knock wood) had catastrophic hardware failure. If I lost a HD, it failed slowly - so I had time to deal with it.

    I believe this is due to clean power. While UPS's are marketed as being good for power failures, I believe they are better for dealing with much more frequent power dips and brown-outs. Even in a large city, with good power, my UPS's alarm would sound a couple times month to let me know that it had kicked in, though the power had not actually cut out entirely.

    Now that I'm in a rural area..... well, its been a system saver more than once. If you live in an area with good power, and you don't need the computer, then just buy one to give you enough juice to shut down gracefully. Cleaning up the power is much more beneficial, IMO.
     
  8. BlackMax macrumors 6502a

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    I use a battery backup on all my Macs at home as well as my network equipment, PS3, cable box and flat screen TV. It is nice to be able to continue using your Mac or watch TV after the power has gone out. Granted, the UPS I use only give me about 10-15 minutes of battery runtime, but by then the power has usually come back online.
     
  9. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68030

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    It's not needed, nut it sure is nice! I've been using a UPS at home for 3 years now and it has been worth every penny. The power in my neighborhood/city is clean, but if and when it flickers, I never miss a beat. I also feel good knowing that my iMac is not taking a hit if/when the power flickers.

    Bryan
     
  10. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    I used to not use them, then about two years ago my son (who was then two) turned off the switch to my PC's power strip (I was at work, and momma wasn't watching closely enough). Unfortunately, the entire boot drive got corrupted. I call it the "great crash of '07."

    Since then, my wife's PC (the one that crashed; I gave it to her when I got my iMac) and my iMac are on separate UPS's. They're cheap and they've come in handy during storms where the power browns out or flashes out for less than a second.
     
  11. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I use a UPS to prevent corruption after a power failure. The problem often occurs when power comes back and surges. The UPS doesn't restart until you hit a button. I have two, one on each computer.
     
  12. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    call me paranoid but since i blew a transformer in my old vox ac30 at a sketchy retreat in the middle of a forest. haha... i have used power conditioners on all my music gear.


    so using a battery backup to me, even on a laptop is essential. i have everything worth something on a very low amped fuse - that way none of it gets spikes, and the battery backup is there to help put out some cleaner power
     
  13. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    I have several around the house. They're all APC UPS.

    Even though I'm running a portable (MBP), I usually am "tethered" to my Firewire chain (several drives and burner) and USB hub. Power dropouts were driving me nuts, because the external drives would get shutdown abruptly. I never experienced any data loss, but it's not the best idea.

    It's a Back-UPS ES 550 (one of the dark grey "consumer" models). It's connected to the MBP via USB, so I can set shutdown options when it kicks over to the UPS.

    I also have one one for my Leopard server (including DSL modem); Airport base stations, enet hub, cordless phone (wired phones work when power is out. cordless - not so much), answering machine; DirectTV DVR and eSATA drive; and one for my Win2k "beige box" PC. (Five total - some different capacity, and the server is the "pro style" model).

    You should have heard the din during a power outage. That is, before I disabled the audible alerts. ;)
     
  14. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    I have one on my Mac mini, monitor, router, and cable modem....I don't recommend putting your printer on a UPS - especially a laser printer, they draw too much start up power for a "small" UPS to handle - and you really don't need to print during a power outage. I have it mainly to do an orderly shutdown in the event of an outage, or to get me through the power "flickers" during summer thunderstorms
     
  15. polya80 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the replies! :)

    After reading what people are saying, I am thinking of investing in 1 UPS to protect my imac. What brand should I get? Is APC a reliable brand?

    Thanks!
     
  16. dborja macrumors 6502a

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    I have an APC and a CyberPower. Both have been good to me...
     
  17. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    I have an APC and a Tripplite...oh, and a Belkin for the NAS in the basement
     
  18. millerj123 macrumors 6502a

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    I've got both as well. The APC beeps when it switches power, but the CyberPower hasn't beeped. CyberPower is a few bucks cheaper than APC for what appears to be comparable devices.
     
  19. djc6 macrumors 6502

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    Tripp Lite OmniSmart 900 VA Rackmountable/Tower Digital UPS - OMNI900LCD

    I have the Tripp Lite OmniSmart 900 (model OMNI900LCD) and the USB connection to my iMac doesn't work well. MacOS X can't tell what level the battery is at reliably, so when the power does go out, my iMac doesn't doesn't automatically shut off. It does last a fair amount of time however; I've run my iMac and DSL modem off of it for 20 minutes in the dark.
     
  20. js81 macrumors 65816

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    I have a Cyberpower, too, and its been perfectly fine. I've had it for about 4 years now and it still keeps a decent charge. Nice for my iMac for when the power blinks out (though its only occasionally). I have VOIP phone, so I also keep all of my internet connections on it, too - my cable modem, wireless router, and phone adapter. That way I have phone if the power is out. :)
     

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