by labouton - 10/6/06 2:01 PM
In Reply to: UPS by fkap1974
I have an APC BF-500, Back-UPS Office 500, have used ut 24/7 for the last, maybe 4, or 5, or 6 years,,,I don't know.
In it's latest activation during those annoying brownouts and then a 3 or 4/60 outage, it was driving a 12 point power strip with 3 desktops, 2 laptops, 2 monitors on kvm, a printer, scanner, 3 ext hd's, a wifi router, and several of those ac adapters that run speakers, charge cell phones, blueteeth etc. I was fairly apprehensive when it occurred, as I was doing a temp network to consolidate data from various hd's and clean up the old junk, hence so much running @ once.
I have never used any ups software with it, but just went through a staged shutdown of all but one desktop, monitor, and router...and merrily plugged along till power returned.
I love this unit, and confess neglect, as I have never followed through on my intent to get one for each 'system' in the house, like the 'tv/amp/cd/dvd/vhs system' in the den, the kids entertainment system in the toy room etc.
This intent follows the best advice I have received on UPS's. "I don't believe in surge protection, and ups is over-rated, but I do believe in insurance," he said, as he rotated the packaging and showed the insurance notice on the unit." (Larry of Lair Gauche, MHK.)
But like laptops, (more Larry advice), check the price of replacement batteries. Case in point, the only price I've checked for the APC unit is 22 bucks, including shipping. Not Bad! But the biggest surprise came on an UPS I bought from the university surplus for 10 bucks. UNTESTED, screamed the labeling, and of course, the 4 6v units inside are swollen and vivsibly fried. Googling the device, I set my teeth to pages that spoke of 210 bucks for replacements, meaning it would be 10 down the drain, plus gas to drive it to the recycling ceter. But, I just now got a price of 11 bucks each, plus 6 for shipping from batteries.com. This makes all the diff!
So not having used the Best Fortress yet, no recommendation yet, but as far as the APC BF-500, I give it a 10/10.