The UPS works a treat

Boy, I’m so pleased I have an UPS in my office!APC SU2200 UPS

Although it is rare that we get actual power cuts here in Cambridge,  every now and then we get a kind of blip – and that resets EVERYTHING. But not when you have an Uninterruptible Power Supply!

Here’s a picture of the unit I have. Although at 2200W it will handle loads of equipment, I find these days the power consumption of everything is so much lower (especially with flat screen monitors). That means I get longer time on backup battery if we have an outage for an hour or two. I used to have 10 (yes 10!) add on power packs to keep me going, but I just don’t need them any more.

I find myself sitting in my office and the lights go all funny and I can hear the heating/cooling missing a beat or two, but my computers and my network and internet connection all just go on without a care in the world. We all know how annoying it is to lose where you are, to restart your systems and to hope that what you were working on has been saved – yes it’s a pain in the neck. I’m so glad I don’t feel that pain.

 

4 Comments

  • Torsten Müller

    Reply Reply 1 April 2014

    Hi Tony,

    I invested in a UPS some years ago when the main power station in Cyprus was literally blown up and destroyed. That time they cut down electricity regularly for a period of at least 3 to 4 hours each day, without prior notice. It was real a pain when suddenly everything went dark and silent, and your work was lost.
    Although everything went back to normal after a while, it is still nice to know that I can rely on it for the outages that happen once in a while.

    Cheers,
    Torsten

  • Graham Lawler

    Reply Reply 15 April 2014

    Interesting Tony,
    I have thought of buying one of these machines in anticipation of the lights going out. Certain politicians have suggested that the power stations will not be able to cope within a few years. So this post has pushed this issue up my agenda so thank you for that
    to your success
    Graham

  • Tony

    Reply Reply 28 October 2014

    Last week when I was playing around with my son looking at how much power we use, I disconnected the UPS and left everything in the office running off it. When I came to plug it back in, I misaligned the plug & socket and got a bit of a spark and blew the UPS ‘up’! So much for it smoothing out power surges!

    Well it didn’t go quite that dramatically, but it had a burning smell and it was now making a rattling noise when I powered it up. Not good signs and too risky to continue using as far as I was concerned. I took it to pieces and it seemed that the main board was rattling in its mounts and that was caused by one of the two big transformers vibrating. So it has to be retired. Disappointing really.

    I have a spare UPS that only handles about 1KW, but we use much less power now so it will probably be fine. With LCD monitors, more efficient processors, disk drives and 80 Plus Gold power supplies in the PCs’ our power usage is much less these days.

  • George Kerr

    Reply Reply 24 March 2015

    Hi Tony I don’t have a UPS and in Toronto we are not accustomed to a lot of brown outs, or black outs but it is always better to be prepared. Thanks for sharing.

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