I find that most data center managers
know more than they give themselves credit. It is usually a a problem
I appreciate and benefit from talking
to smart IT guys. Quite often they overestimate their load requirements
and I can keep them from wasting too much money from buying oversized
Bud Worwetz 904-396-0145
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.
No returns for new or used equipment purchases may
be sent/received without authorization. Documentation of installation,
grounding and or maintenance may be required.
You must provide the Serial Number and date
If a return is made because of damage during shipping,
you must note the exception on the shipping document-bill
of lading upon receipt
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for other questions.