APC Pure Sinewave UPS

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ActionableMango, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. ActionableMango macrumors 604

    ActionableMango

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    Someone in another thread provided a link to an APC S10 for only $200 shipped. That's an incredible price, so I pulled the trigger. I just received it yesterday, so I thought I would post a small review.

    http://search.vanns.com/sitesearch/search?q=apc+s10

    First, it appears to have lots of high-end features for the price. I think this must be a price mistake, because it is $500+ everywhere else. Even at Vann's the black version of this same model is $600. I looked up an estimate of the shipping and UPS puts it around $85 to ship. I don't know how they are making any money off this.

    Anyway, it's big and heavy. It is quiet during operation until you pull the plug and go battery. On battery power the fan is loud.

    It can be rack-mounted and even includes the rack mounting hardware. It came with a power cable, a couple of coax cables, and a network or telephone cable. It has a lot of bells and whistles designed more for home theater enthusiasts, but these won't get in the way of computer users. These might be a bonus for you if you are working on high-end audio on your MP.

    This thing has quite a bit of information available in the display. While the display can be turned off, the power light is one of those super bright blue LEDs that can light up the whole room at night. Kind of annoying.

    I would say the only down side is that it is quite large. The only way I can fit it is on its side. I can't find any warnings about the orientation and the box doesn't say "this side up" so I assume the battery is a sealed unit and being on its side is fine. Also, it was on its side on my porch for who knows how long when it was delivered.

    Only one day of use so far. Overall I'm happy with it. For the price I paid, I'm ecstatic!
     
  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    okay did some research on your unit.

    this is all the battery info.

    http://www.apc.com/resource/include/techspec_index.cfm?base_sku=RBC63


    this is all the unit info


    http://www.apc.com/products/apcav/products/index.cfm?action=detail&base_sku=S10


    my guess is the battery may be old and the unit has sat in storage over a year. even so this is a 600 dollar unit.



    here is a link for the battery if it dies too quickly you still got a deal.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/500066-REG/APC_RBC63_RBC_63_Replacement_Battery.html
     
  3. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    The batteries are sealed, so it won't matter if it's on the end or lying flat. :)

    Glad to see Vann's honored the price, as I wasn't sure they would. It may be an overstock they managed to aquire, but at any rate, for $200, you got a an excellent deal. :D
     
  4. ActionableMango thread starter macrumors 604

    ActionableMango

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    Thanks for the info!

    Vann's appears to be an APC authorized dealer, and it looks like APC batteries have a two year warranty.
     
  5. vogelhausdesign macrumors regular

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    Wow! why is it so cheap?? Think this is sufficient for a 12-Core? Is it really pure sine?
     
  6. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    last year amazon and vanns did this with this unit.
    sold it for 99 bucks. this is a power regenerator not a battery back up. I find it interesting that in both cases it was the silver model. I grabbed this piece for 99 bucks. new sealed and it works great. 2 months later newegg did the same thing I got a second one for 99 bucks. the second one I sold on ebay for 230. A dentist purchased it for his office.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/APC-H15-Home-Th...ultDomain_0&hash=item483bb7318b#ht_1250wt_972
     
  7. ActionableMango thread starter macrumors 604

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    Very different models.

    The H15 you linked to appears to be a line conditioner. The specs show it as being about 16 pounds and having no battery. The model I linked to and bought is the S10, which definitely has a battery and weighs about 75 pounds. I hooked up the battery myself because it was required to be disconnected during shipping. It also powers my equipment when I unplug it from the wall, so I am quite certain it has a battery backup. :)
     
  8. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    yes they are not doing the same work.

    the things in common are color and design in terms of looks.
    both are for HT not computers.
    in both cases vanns was involved.
    in both cases a huge discount on the silver one not the black.
    in both cases they came new sealed.
    in both cases apc was the maker

    makes me think vanns has a deal with apc to offload slow moving gear
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    the one I have from last year is good for use after the ups and before the computer.

    combining both at the discounted prices would be 300 bucks for about 1000 dollars worth of gear (all new). I have found that running the conditioner after the ups unit makes for a real nice sine wave at about 120 volts plus or minus only 1 volt. I think it is over kill but at a discount.
     

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