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Looking for a good UPS. Is the APC BR1000G right for me?

Last response: in Components
May 31, 2011 4:29:16 AM

I'm looking to buy a UPS for my home office. Can't afford to lose valuable hours (or equipment) to my power company's shoddy service any longer. I need a reliable UPS that lasts a few years that doesn't burn up, isn't loud, and doesn't damage my equipment. Runs for at least 5 min - 30 min on battery would be ideal.

I found the APC BR1000G to be (what I think) a good match for my needs.

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Does this meet my energy requirements? It should, but I'm running it by you experts anyway
Is sinewave an issue with my system? I read online that some Dell machines have issues
Do you have any professional/personal experience with this model? Good or Bad, please share.
What other UPSs would you recommend?

My Equipment

  • 15" Dell Studio Laptop - 1558 (intel i5, 500 GB / 7200 rpm HD, integrated grfx card)
  • 1 Speaker system (small sub-woofer [can be held easily in 1 small hand] with 2 smaller satellites - adapter says 120V/25W)
  • 1 Flow Modem (Arris)
  • 1 Wireless Router (D-link - DIR-600)
  • Second 22-24" LCD LED Monitor in the future
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    a b ) Power supply
    May 31, 2011 2:44:55 PM

    This APC unit would meet your energy requirement.
    The Sinewave seems to be an issue with most modern desktops power supplies with active power factor correction (active PFC). When this type of supply "senses" incoming power that is not using sinewave, it shuts down in order to protect components. I'm not sure if laptops have this issue, though if it's a concern of yours, this Cyberpower 1000va unit accommodates power supplies with this active PFC feature and is the same price as the one you're looking at:

    I use this 1000va unit on a desktop with such a power supply and it works great during testing. I also have the 1500va version for my souped-up gaming machine. That one works as expected as well. I've tested both by unplugging as well as through the included software which simulates the power loss. The software that comes with these UPSs allows you to configure the UPS to gracefully shutdown the PC after a certain amount of time. So if you're on the PC and you need to save a document or documents, you can do so and shut down manually, or if the PC is unattended, it will shut down gracefully after the set amount of time.
    a b ) Power supply
    February 3, 2012 6:26:16 PM

    Best answer selected by mousemonkey.
    a b ) Power supply
    February 3, 2012 6:26:17 PM

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