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I am shopping for a UPS (actually two of them) that will need to power a monitor and a PC long enough for me to power it down during a power loss. I would say 10 minutes or so would be nice, more would be better, but not if its expensive.

I have perused the newegg site and there are a lot of brands that I am not familiar with and I really don't know how to shop for one these units. What should I look for? I do already have an inline surge protector for what its worth. I would like to not spend more than $50 a unit preferably.
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I have an APC UPS. It's this one here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16842101344

It's $50 and it's served me well so far. I've never had my computer on long enough to test out the battery life in a blackout since I shut my computer down ASAP in such a case, but its specs say it should last anywhere between 2.3 to 9.7 minutes (2.3 minutes on full load).

It's not humungous enough to be an eyesore and it does what it's supposed to do, so I'm pretty happy with it. As a reference, my sig rig is plugged into the UPS.

Edit: Also, my workplace makes EXTENSIVE use of APC UPS units. They are used as backup batteries for all of the expensive (and power hungry) instruments used in the lab.
Edited by Leeeeeeeeee - 7/29/11 at 7:29am
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I am looking at the model up from the one you linked... the BE550G. Have you used the usb+software suite with auto shutdown? How well does it work? The BE350G seems a little under powered for what I need.
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Yeah, since you're looking for a solid 10 minutes of backup, the UPS unit I have is underpowered for your needs.

Unfortunately, I've never used the software you speak of. The only thing I can tell you is that, from my experience, APC units are very reliable and do their job pretty well.

My small unit is perfect for short black-outs. It is especially useful to prevent my computer from shutting down from the split-second-blackouts that happen every now and then during storms. As a matter of fact, exactly that happened just now while writing this reply (what timing, huh?).

Btw, sorry for the late reply !
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