Can anyone recommend a good battery backup system?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by stuuke, Jun 3, 2006.

  1. stuuke macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2004
    Looking for a battery backup. Would need for a monitor, laptop and a couple of hard drives. Any suggestions?
  2. Fleetwood Mac macrumors 65816

    Fleetwood Mac

    Apr 27, 2006
    You mean a UPS? (Uninterupable Power Supply)

    They are available at Future Shop, Best Buy, Radio Shack.. well a lot of places. I don't have a specific one to reccomend to you though.
  3. stuuke thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2004
    Yes a UPS. I was told to get a continous power one as opposed to one that senses a power drop and then switches on. The continous is supposed to be better when powering hard drives.
  4. cyberdogl2 macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2003
    doesn't matter. just go down to one of the stores mentioned above.. and be done with it. there's nothing special about UPS. They're all pretty much the same. The biggest cost are the batteries and capacitors..
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Don't get a UPS that only supplies backup power ... a lot of times they won't switch fast enough, or plain are useless when the power drops low enough (but not off) to shut down the machine.

    The ones that offer continuous power are better, since they offer line conditioning helping knock out those pesky under-/over-volt conditions.

    The line conditioning UPS systems are more expensive though. The ones that output pure sine power are hideously so, so most get the stepped sine UPS.


    Look for something with Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) -- or whatever each company calls it. I think most are the same term now.
  6. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    As mentioned by Sun Baked, this is absolutely not the case. However, for under US$100, you can get a decent CyberPower AVR (Automatic Voltage Regulation) UPS. APC is a good brand, but CyberPower ones are, in my experience, just as good but cheaper.
  7. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603


    Aug 20, 2005
    Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
    Indeed..APC is good. I had it for over a year without a problem....worth the price.

  8. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    I'm pretty happy with my Belkin. It has connections for ethernet, USB, Firewire, and phone (surge protection), four battery backed up surge protected outlets, and two regular surge protected outlets. I think I have 3-5 hours depending on how much I run (I ran it down in 2 hours with everything going and a fridge hooked up to kill it faster).
  9. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    The plain UPS's are fine, but the AVRs will save you from under/over voltage, which is insidious and hard to notice as it slowly cooks or starves your systems. I lost some equipment that way and since have used only AVR UPS's. It's well worth the small price differential.
  10. wxboss macrumors member


    May 13, 2006
    Jax, FL
    AVRs are prefered as they will continuously deliver a clean signal to all the items connected to the "battery outlets" on your UPS.

    I used to have a CyberPower UPS, but it didn't last two years. I went and bought a Belkin 1100VA w/AVR which I love. It has a user replaceable battery, nice monitoring software and is just a better quality than my previous UPS.

    At one time, and I don't know if this is still true, but when I bought my UPS through Belkin's site, I put 12345 as the coupon code when checking out and it gave me 50% off the price.

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