What to look for in a surge protector for a new iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by stanw, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. stanw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    I want to get a surge protector with possibly a temporary power supply for a new iMac. What should I look for?

  2. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2007
    What you want is called a UPS. There are many threads on here about them so a search should get you pretty much all the info you need. Personally I go with the APC brand other than replacing the batteries when they are old and dying I have never had a problem with their products.
  3. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    I am a +7 for APC. Been using mine for years, other than replacing the battery a year or so ago it has worked perfectly. It also integrates into OS X extremely well, DO NOT install any software to manage it, that is built right into OS X already.
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I have 2 APC UPS devices in the house, 1 for my iMac and one for my wife's MacMini. They supply a special USB cable that causes OSx to recognize that there is a UPS and software deals with it. Don't install the APC software - just let OSx handle it.
  5. mpantone macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    I have three APC UPSes at home.

    I have a couple of rather old six-outlet Back-UPS ES 350 units for things that don't draw a lot of power (like my DSL router and AirPort Extreme).

    I have a slightly better eight-outlet Back-UPS ES 550; this one has "green features" which has a master socket that will control the power of a couple other sockets. Thus, when I turn off the computer monitor, it will cut off power to two other devices (in my case a stereo amplifier and a powered subwoofer).

    As the others say, there's a USB cable that enables the Mac's UPS management features; do not install the third-party software. I have my Mac mini set to shut down when the UPS battery level drops to 5%. It has never had to do so, as power failures in my neighborhood are infrequent and rarely go longer than an hour.

    APC makes fine products, I have been a happy customer for 15+ years.

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