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July 19th, 2006
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Hmm. Purchases.
Well, still holding off on a new computer, looking to that in September perhaps after the price drop on AMD chips (shh! secret! coming July 27th) and the last of my debt is cleared. One last student loan of $1500 to go, and with a post-AC bank account recovery happening steadily, that should be done in August.

But, right now, I need a new UPS system, because this one just can't hack power spikes from the air conditioner's powercycling, alet lalone last night's electrical storm. So, I'll ask for advice. I need something capable of handling a 21" CRT, new system when that gets bought, DSL modem.. and other accountrements. I don't need power long, but this monitor is beeeg. 6 outlets minimum, 8 preferred, and able to handle at least 3 plugs with beeg transformers.

Recommendations?

--Chiaroscuro

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From:drakegrey
Date:July 19th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
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Have a gander at APC's BackUPS 500. Six plugs (only 3 on battery tho) with provision for big transformers; it's been good for me. Check APC products in general, they've kept me and Mr. E going. :)

--Drake
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From:giza
Date:July 19th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Seconded. I don't remember my old model number offhand, but it was a unit that was vertical, with the plugs on top, widely spaced. There was also a jack for a phone line so I could protect my DSL.
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From:buran
Date:July 19th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
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That reminded me to plug the UPS USB cable to the computer and download the software to shut the box down if the power fails... I have a Back-UPS XS 1000 but that seems to no longer be available.

You do not need to have backed-up power to everything, though. And don't hook up a printer to a battery-powered plug! You want to power the modem (and router if you ever have one), CPU, and monitor. Everything else is superfluous.

I ran through the selector on apcc.com and got, using common sense based on what you have and what you might get. Of the three choices I like this one:



Back-UPS RS 1500VA

This is the current version of what I've got from the look of it. You may not have noticed it because it's in the corner between two tables. It's somewhat expensive but it gives you an hour of runtime.

Also, if you don't have a three prong outlet in your room, you need to plug this into a grounded outlet! Or find some other way to ground the plug.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:July 21st, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
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Erk, $250 is a little bit beyond my means. :P It looks nice and well-designed, quite good, but beyond me a bit.

Aiming for something roughly $100, maybe less.

--Chiaroscuro
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From:buran
Date:July 21st, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
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Try the selector on the site for yourself to see what else gets suggested if you play with the criteria, and then buy from amazon.com -- they have good prices and free shipping.

I definitely need that new battery -- mine says estimated run time of 39 minutes! A bit more than half of what apcc.com says.
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