Good UPS

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by peterj1967, May 28, 2003.

  1. peterj1967 macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2002
    Seems I have problems with noisy power, which is causing system shutdowns with my hardware. There are so many options and little review or suggestions, so I am looking for some suggestions

    Anyhow, I have a PM G4 Dual 1.25

    I don't need anything like 5 minutes or backup power, I need a buffer to keep the power clean.

    I'd like to keep the cost around $100 if that is reasonable.

    Any comments or suggestions appreciated
  2. Wyrm macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2003
    Toekeeyoe, Japan
    I'd recommend APC (

    The more you spend, the more you get -
    I use an APC surge arrest personal, and although I'm not sure if it does anything, I've never had a power problem. It is supposed to protect you against noisy power, but I'm sure it wouldn't do much in a brownout. You'd need to buy a UPS for that.

    A low-end APC Back-UPS CS or Pro will probably give you around 5 min but you need your power req, and they run anywhere from $70 - $200.

  3. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    I work with roughly 20 computers (including 3 servers) that are all on APCs. They work great. I work in an area with a very unstable power grid and they smooth out the power perfectly. Don't cheat yourself, but the best that you can afford, perhaps a 350, 650, or the like. They also have an application on their website (or call in) that will help you choose the proper UPS.
  4. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Another vote for APC products. I have a couple of them -- the Office Backups type, I forget the model. Both have worked very well during our power outages. The computers keep running and give time to shut down. They also condition the power. For $75-100, it's good protection to have.
  5. ddtlm macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2001
    APC sells a line conditioner with no battery power which may be better than a UPS for you. Why? It corrects undervolts and overvolts where a cheap UPS might not, it won't fail with age (I guess), and it generally acts as a really good surge protector. I almost got one, but instread got a high-end UPS that has batteries and this functionality. :)

    At my house we've got perhaps 5 APC office type 500VA backups which seem to work well (cost $60 at SAMS), as well as the 1500VA one I just got. The high-end adds features like battery charge and load read out, plus automatic battery checking, and power conditioning. I like it a lot so far.
  6. peterj1967 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2002
    Thanks for all the advice. I picked up an APC ES500 for $20 at Staples.

    Surge protection and UPS so I should be covered.

    I was on clearance, I didn't realize it doesn't have the USB connection for the Powerchute software. That isn't my real need, I think I now have a pretty good line conditioner and for $20 I don't think I can go to wrong.

  7. evildead macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2001
    WestCost, USA
    I got one at Frys

    I dont remember the name.. I think it was like powerForce... or something like that. I got it for $39 on some super sale and it gives me about 15 min uptime with the LCD, 867, and wireless router.

    I think I Have seen it for $69 arround town

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