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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-12-2019, 10:10 AM
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I've always used APC UPS units for my servers but currently use a CyberPower UPS unit for my gaming rig, does that job just fine but I still lean toward APC

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Quote: Originally Posted by ACleverName View Post
CP1500PFCLCD hands down, had it for years. It does not have any BS square sine waves either that fried my last PSU.
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They are either simulated sine wave or sine wave
BS or not all cheapo's are simulated sine wave.

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It is only when it's stormy out or super windy but it's just annoying. I could live with it during a complete outage which don't happen that often. The $200 ones really aren't that bad though I was scared a good one would be $500+. Maybe I should get one for my PC's and one for my Tv/Xbox/Ps4 aswell. Maybe I will get one of those cheaper things that plug into the wall to see how much power it is all drawing aswell.

It looks like I have 9 things to plug in but they don't all really need to be on a UPS so that should work. I really only care about my expensive monitor and gaming rig. The rest isn't such a big deal but obviously I want to protect them. That cyberpower one is what I was looking at before I made this post aswell but I will look at the APC just to keep an open mind on it.


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Quote: Originally Posted by Johnn999 View Post
It is only when it's stormy out or super windy but it's just annoying. I could live with it during a complete outage which don't happen that often. The $200 ones really aren't that bad though I was scared a good one would be $500+. Maybe I should get one for my PC's and one for my Tv/Xbox/Ps4 aswell. Maybe I will get one of those cheaper things that plug into the wall to see how much power it is all drawing aswell.

It looks like I have 9 things to plug in but they don't all really need to be on a UPS so that should work. I really only care about my expensive monitor and gaming rig. The rest isn't such a big deal but obviously I want to protect them. That cyberpower one is what I was looking at before I made this post aswell but I will look at the APC just to keep an open mind on it.
I have 3 of the Cyberpower CP1500PFCLCD units, think I paid $200 max (a little cheaper on sale). My $500 UPS is an online unit (OL1500RTXL2UN). Most of the units I've seen have their outlets split between surge only and surge+battery. Make sure you have enough surge+battery for your components - usually computer and monitor for me with modem, router, and small things (clock, charger, Pi, etc) if available.

I was always told not to plug a surge protector into a UPS. A laser printer is definitely a no go. If your wiring is good, you could be suffering from brown outs - voltage is dropping too low and that's what causes your computer to shut down, IMO. The CP1500PFCLCD regulates low voltage (brownouts) and high voltage (spikes). Other manufacturers have similar units. You can go bigger than you need with a UPS to get extra runtime. Kill-A-Watt is what most people use to check wall power.

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