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Frequently Asked Questions
about Battery Backups /Uninterruptible Power Supplies
1. Do I need a Battery Backup for my office computer?
2. What type of UPS should I buy and how big?
3. How long will the batteries last?
4. Can I throw away the old backups?
5. What is the difference between watts and
1. Of course you do, unless you want to loose
all that important stuff you saved and let the phone system go down.
2. I don't know what type of UPS you need? Stop
asking silly questions.... OK, the average computer draws about
200Watts tops, but servers can pull a much greater load. Runtime
notwithstanding, try a Backups 500 for your desktop and an SU1400
for a single server. Whichever you choose, choose a good name brand
such as APC, Liebert, Powerware, Tripplite and even the old tough
systems like HP, Compaq and especially Best can be reliable serviced
3. The batteries usually last
3 years, but you have a reduced life if your utility power is
prone to sporadic peaks and valleys.
4. No, don't throw UPS batts
into the trash, as they contain lead and will poison us all. You
are going to kill us and our children if you do that. Call your
local battery dealer or recycler.
5. VoltsAmps or VA is the apparent
load, but watts is the actual load. I think APC has a great white
paper on this.