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UPS Backup Recommendations
Posted by: jh
Date: January 15, 2022 01:32PM
Daughter works from home. Had a brief 5 minute power outage while giving presentation to a group online. Uses Comcast for internet.

Is considering a UPS to help keep her online. I have no experience with them.

Recommendations and advice would be appreciated.

Budget $100.00 or less.

Thanks
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Re: UPS Backup Recommendations
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: January 15, 2022 01:44PM
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Re: UPS Backup Recommendations
Posted by: hal
Date: January 15, 2022 02:01PM
I like cyberpower too...

when I get a power outage, I shut everything down except the comcast router so I can use my laptop with internet.

$100 is a bit limiting if you are wanting to keep a desktop and internet running for 5 minutes with confidence. For just keeping the router alive, a budget UPS should do the trick - well under $100.
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Re: UPS Backup Recommendations
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 15, 2022 03:06PM
What kind of computer does she have? If its a laptop then its really just her cable modem and router that need to be on the power backup.



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Re: UPS Backup Recommendations
Posted by: jh
Date: January 15, 2022 03:09PM
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What kind of computer does she have? If its a laptop then its really just her cable modem and router that need to be on the power backup.

Macbook Pro 15"
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Re: UPS Backup Recommendations
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: January 15, 2022 03:10PM
You can't get a responsible recommendation for a UPS without providing a list of gear that she expects to keep running during a power outage, and for how long.

I've got a small, inexpensive UPS, and in the event of a failure, it gives me just enough time to gracefully shut down.

It won't even keep a modem and router alive for 15min.

You can't be certain how long an outage will last.

Maybe if she's using a laptop only, or a laptop with a small screen $100 might buy 5-10min.

It will also have to power the modem and router.

I have no idea how to calculate what size UPS she'll need for what gear she has, but at your price point, assume she'll have just enough time to say good-bye and shut down.

Anything more would be a plus.

Once she has a UPS set up and charged, she should probably give it a sea trial by doing a test conference and pull the plug on the UPS.

Then watch the clock.






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Re: UPS Backup Recommendations
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 15, 2022 03:20PM
I'd keep an eye out for a deal like this - [slickdeals.net]

- hopefully she can plug both the cable modem and router into it. Does she have additional equipment she needs to use while presenting?

I think I got 4 hours of backup out of a 1350va but I have a much larger setup - cable modem, router, 3x wifi endpoints, a small server, 24 port switch.



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Re: UPS Backup Recommendations
Posted by: jh
Date: January 15, 2022 03:55PM
She would just keep the cable modem up. Laptop would run off its battery but depending on long the battery last she might use the UPS. The cable modem is her router. No other devices would be connected.
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Re: UPS Backup Recommendations
Posted by: hal
Date: January 15, 2022 04:07PM
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jh
She would just keep the cable modem up. Laptop would run off its battery but depending on long the battery last she might use the UPS. The cable modem is her router. No other devices would be connected.

Shouldn't need to spend more than $50 - any minimal UPS should keep the comcast router going for 30min+.
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Re: UPS Backup Recommendations
Posted by: rz
Date: January 16, 2022 11:57AM
I like Cyberpower. Too many issues with APC to recommend them.
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