Ups Apc Backup Or Small?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by popiko, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. popiko macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2009
    Hi to all, Im looking for UPS Apc to my iMac 27" new but I have a dude... I can use Backup-UPS or I need buy Smart-UPS?
    Any user have Backup-UPS with iMac?

    Thanks to all :)
  2. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    when i was in the US Army in Vicenza they warned us about the crappy electric current and to have a good surge protector. i never bought a good one and never had a problem.

    i use a few $40 APC surge protectors at home. used them for years and never had a problem. unless you need a battery backup for work purposes, don't waste your money
  3. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Check here for sizing, but 800VA or larger should more than suffice.

    Keep in mind, the purpose of a UPS is to allow for a graceful shutdown, not to keep working. Also, I discourage running laser printers through the UPS, as the current draw on those when cycling for a print job or cleaning will generally trigger alarms in the UPS. Not fatal, but annoying as heck.
  4. Spike88 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010

    I have an APC LCD 1300VA Backup UPS connected to my computer system. Yes. Over kill but it was "on sale" - at 50% off. Bought it the same price as a 650VA unit.

    If you can last a while, do keep an eye out for "on sale" 800+ VA units (usually 4 times per year). Then, decide which UPS model is most affordable. And, use saved dollars for different computer add-on - like an external HD - for critical data backups using included Time Machine.

    As stated above, Backup UPS units are great for "graceful" auto shutdowns and for filling in the "brown out" electric dips - that many surge protection bars cannot do.

    Hope this helps...

  5. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
  6. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    I have a Cyberpower AVR 685VA 8-Outlet UPS on my 24 in--may be a bit too small for the 27. Flawless in the 2 years I have owned it. Maybe some are fortunate not to have to deal with power interruptions but if you live in Florida, it kind of goes with the territory.

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