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virtualcomposer
05-25-2011, 10:06 AM
Hey everyone,
Just wondering, I have about $130 to spend on a surge and brown-out protector and was wondering what you guys recommend? I live in an area where electricity goes out at times with high winds. I was thinking about an APC but I've heard other products are just as good. I'm just not a pro at this.

biliousfrog
05-25-2011, 10:55 AM
I've got two APC's, one is the larger, heavier type which powers the NAS and render nodes and the other sits under the desk and powers the workstation (s) and monitor etc.

The one under the desk is one of these: http://www.apc.com/resource/include/techspec_index.cfm?base_sku=BE700-UK

They're cheap, have lots of sockets and take up very little space. You won't get a lot of time on the battery but enough to save and power down if required. I don't get a lot of power cuts but it has run my two workstations, monitor and plugged in peripherals for 5 minutes before the power has come back on...which is normally fine for me.

You get 8 sockets, 4 go through the UPS, the other 4 are surge protection only, perfect for speakers, phones etc.

Remember that you'll need enough sockets for a monitor if you're manually powering down...my old boss forgot that and we'd often watch powerless as the UPS battery died and the workstations clunked off during a power cut.

JeffrySG
05-25-2011, 11:03 AM
After a little bit of research I am planning on going with this unit.

http://www.amazon.com/CyberPower-CP1500PFCLCD-1500VA-900W-Compatible/dp/B00429N19W/

virtualcomposer
05-25-2011, 11:05 AM
Do the PFC's have instant power when the brown-out accures? I've heard there is two different types and one takes longer to switch over causing more harm to the computer.

rapscallion
06-02-2011, 01:00 AM
After a little bit of research I am planning on going with this unit.

http://www.amazon.com/CyberPower-CP1500PFCLCD-1500VA-900W-Compatible/dp/B00429N19W/

The CyberPower is an excellent unit. I also live in an area where brown-outs and power-outages are an all too common occurrence.

I've got 4 slightly smaller models of that same CyberPower unit (1285w), and it is excellent. Not only do they protect my workstations and my little render farm - but they actually improve overall performance on the machines. I ran the 'Windows Experience Index' test on each of my machines before and after connecting them to the CyberPower unit - and on average, I gained between .2 and .4 points on the processor performance with the system connected to the CyberPower.

I've had APC units in the past, but I like the futuristic style and smaller footprint of the CyberPower much more. You've made a good choice.