UPS for Computers

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by John, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. John

    John Guest

    I just have a couple of questions about the UPS devices you can get
    for your computer.

    How do you know how much power your computer and it's peripherals use?
    And how do you know what it uses on average? How do you go about
    calculating or measuring the typical power consumption of your system
    so you have a better idea of what capacity UPS device you need?

    I also wondered if it is possible to connect an external battery to a
    UPS device in some way to boost the amount of back up time you have?
    Do any of the devices on the market today allow external batteries to
    be added? I think it would be quite useful if you could add a small
    additional battery if your current UPS isn't giving you enough back up
    time.

    My system I would definitely want the computer and monitor as well as
    the ADSL/Router to be permanently connected to the UPS. I would also
    like the other device to be connected to like the printer and scanner
    even though these are not as critical. Do most UPS device today give
    you lots of different connection options e.g. computer power lead, 3
    pin plug (uk) etc? As far as my ADSL/router is concerned I would never
    want the power to go out on that, I would always want it to be
    powered.

    Cheers for your advice.

    John
     
    John, Feb 10, 2007
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  2. On Sat, 10 Feb 2007 19:22:02 +0000, John <> wrote:

    >I just have a couple of questions about the UPS devices you can get
    >for your computer.
    >
    >How do you know how much power your computer and it's peripherals use?


    Get a portable watt-meter - like the Kill-A Watz or whatever.
    >And how do you know what it uses on average? How do you go about
    >calculating or measuring the typical power consumption of your system
    >so you have a better idea of what capacity UPS device you need?
    >
    >I also wondered if it is possible to connect an external battery to a
    >UPS device in some way to boost the amount of back up time you have?


    The old Powerware Prestige EXT allows for external battery. They are
    "obsolete" now, but available on the surplus market. The EXT runs60
    volts while the standard unit ran 48.

    >Do any of the devices on the market today allow external batteries to
    >be added? I think it would be quite useful if you could add a small
    >additional battery if your current UPS isn't giving you enough back up
    >time.
    >
    >My system I would definitely want the computer and monitor as well as
    >the ADSL/Router to be permanently connected to the UPS. I would also
    >like the other device to be connected to like the printer and scanner
    >even though these are not as critical. Do most UPS device today give
    >you lots of different connection options e.g. computer power lead, 3
    >pin plug (uk) etc? As far as my ADSL/router is concerned I would never
    >want the power to go out on that, I would always want it to be
    >powered.
    >
    >Cheers for your advice.
    >

    I run my router and cable modem on a small UPS (350 va) and my main
    system on a 600va Prestige. This is a dual conversion system so I get
    100% clean power all the time.
    >John
    >



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    clare at snyder.on.ca, Feb 10, 2007
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  3. John wrote:
    > How do you know how much power your computer and it's peripherals use?
    > And how do you know what it uses on average? How do you go about
    > calculating or measuring the typical power consumption of your system
    > so you have a better idea of what capacity UPS device you need?


    The best way to is to measure. As the other fellow said, a kill-a-watt
    meter isn't terribly expensive. Other people have measured typical
    computers, monitors, printers, etc. and posted their results on this
    and other newsgroups as well as websites. A little web searching
    should yield some results.

    > I also wondered if it is possible to connect an external battery to a
    > UPS device in some way to boost the amount of back up time you have?


    Yes, it's possible but it works best if the UPS is designed to have
    external batteries. Many of them do, though not many of the small
    consumer versions.

    > My system I would definitely want the computer and monitor as well as
    > the ADSL/Router to be permanently connected to the UPS. I would also
    > like the other device to be connected to like the printer and scanner
    > even though these are not as critical. Do most UPS device today give
    > you lots of different connection options e.g. computer power lead, 3
    > pin plug (uk) etc? As far as my ADSL/router is concerned I would never
    > want the power to go out on that, I would always want it to be
    > powered.


    Most of these units have a number of AC outlets and you can add
    power strips if you need more. It's typical for people to power
    their entire system off their UPS, laser printers excluded.

    I haven't heard of any that have anything but ordinary AC outlets
    but I imagine that with a little tinkering you could add DC from
    the battery terminals inside. The style of outlet is usually the
    same as those used in your country. A French UPS will not have the
    same outlets as an American version. This is not usually a problem
    because few people buy these internationally.

    Anthony
     
    Anthony Matonak, Feb 10, 2007
    #3
  4. John

    Guest

    On Feb 10, 4:01�pm, Anthony Matonak
    <> wrote:
    > John wrote:
    > > How do you know how much power your computer and it's peripherals use?
    > > And how do you know what it uses on average? How do you go about
    > > calculating or measuring the typical power consumption of your system
    > > so you have a better idea of what capacity UPS device you need?

    >
    > The best way to is to measure. As the other fellow said, a kill-a-watt
    > meter isn't terribly expensive. Other people have measured typical
    > computers, monitors, printers, etc. and posted their results on this
    > and other newsgroups as well as websites. A little web searching
    > should yield some results.
    >
    > > I also wondered if it is possible to connect an external battery to a
    > > UPS device in some way to boost the amount of back up time you have?

    >
    > Yes, it's possible but it works best if the UPS is designed to have
    > external batteries. Many of them do, though not many of the small
    > consumer versions.
    >
    > > My system I would definitely want the computer and monitor as well as
    > > the ADSL/Router to be permanently connected to the UPS. I would also
    > > like the other device to be connected to like the printer and scanner
    > > even though these are not as critical.  Do most UPS device today give
    > > you lots of different connection options e.g. computer power lead, 3
    > > pin plug (uk) etc? As far as my ADSL/router is concerned I would never
    > > want the power to go out on that, I would always want it to be
    > > powered.

    >
    > Most of these units have a number of AC outlets and you can add
    > power strips if you need more. It's typical for people to power
    > their entire system off their UPS, laser printers excluded.
    >
    > I haven't heard of any that have anything but ordinary AC outlets
    > but I imagine that with a little tinkering you could add DC from
    > the battery terminals inside. The style of outlet is usually the
    > same as those used in your country. A French UPS will not have the
    > same outlets as an American version. This is not usually a problem
    > because few people buy these internationally.
    >
    > Anthony


    UPS are basically to give time to cover minor power burps and time for
    orderly shutdown, not extended operations.

    small consumer units will overheat on external batteries, buy only a
    unit with built in external battery capacity to avoid the overheat
    issues.

    UPS are generally too small to run printers, and printing may induce
    transients that cause computer problems, your better off to at minimum
    have them on seperate UPS.

    If operations are that critical consider a auto backup generator
    running on natural gas or propane for essentially indefinite operation
    of most of your homes systems
     
    , Feb 10, 2007
    #4
  5. John

    Eeyore Guest

    John wrote:

    > I just have a couple of questions about the UPS devices you can get
    > for your computer.
    >
    > How do you know how much power your computer and it's peripherals use?


    You can measure it or estimate it. Some products especially monitors tell you
    how much power they consume.


    > And how do you know what it uses on average? How do you go about
    > calculating or measuring the typical power consumption of your system
    > so you have a better idea of what capacity UPS device you need?


    What you need to be aware of is that PCs use more power on start-up, although a
    good UPS may have an allowance for this.

    It's wise to be slightly generous in your UPS sizing btw. You never know what
    you might want to add later.

    Graham
     
    Eeyore, Feb 10, 2007
    #5
  6. John

    Saul Guest

    Not sure

    But how do you estimate the MPG of an auto or truck??

    USE YOU FREEKIN HEAD

    SAUL



    "Eeyore" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    >
    > John wrote:
    >
    >> I just have a couple of questions about the UPS devices you can get
    >> for your computer.
    >>
    >> How do you know how much power your computer and it's peripherals use?

    >
    > You can measure it or estimate it. Some products especially monitors tell
    > you
    > how much power they consume.
    >
    >
    >> And how do you know what it uses on average? How do you go about
    >> calculating or measuring the typical power consumption of your system
    >> so you have a better idea of what capacity UPS device you need?

    >
    > What you need to be aware of is that PCs use more power on start-up,
    > although a
    > good UPS may have an allowance for this.
    >
    > It's wise to be slightly generous in your UPS sizing btw. You never know
    > what
    > you might want to add later.
    >
    > Graham
    >
    >
     
    Saul, Feb 10, 2007
    #6
  7. On 10 Feb 2007 14:34:51 -0800, "" <>
    wrote:

    >On Feb 10, 4:01?pm, Anthony Matonak
    ><> wrote:
    >> John wrote:
    >> > How do you know how much power your computer and it's peripherals use?
    >> > And how do you know what it uses on average? How do you go about
    >> > calculating or measuring the typical power consumption of your system
    >> > so you have a better idea of what capacity UPS device you need?

    >>
    >> The best way to is to measure. As the other fellow said, a kill-a-watt
    >> meter isn't terribly expensive. Other people have measured typical
    >> computers, monitors, printers, etc. and posted their results on this
    >> and other newsgroups as well as websites. A little web searching
    >> should yield some results.
    >>
    >> > I also wondered if it is possible to connect an external battery to a
    >> > UPS device in some way to boost the amount of back up time you have?

    >>
    >> Yes, it's possible but it works best if the UPS is designed to have
    >> external batteries. Many of them do, though not many of the small
    >> consumer versions.
    >>
    >> > My system I would definitely want the computer and monitor as well as
    >> > the ADSL/Router to be permanently connected to the UPS. I would also
    >> > like the other device to be connected to like the printer and scanner
    >> > even though these are not as critical. o most UPS device today give
    >> > you lots of different connection options e.g. computer power lead, 3
    >> > pin plug (uk) etc? As far as my ADSL/router is concerned I would never
    >> > want the power to go out on that, I would always want it to be
    >> > powered.

    >>
    >> Most of these units have a number of AC outlets and you can add
    >> power strips if you need more. It's typical for people to power
    >> their entire system off their UPS, laser printers excluded.
    >>
    >> I haven't heard of any that have anything but ordinary AC outlets
    >> but I imagine that with a little tinkering you could add DC from
    >> the battery terminals inside. The style of outlet is usually the
    >> same as those used in your country. A French UPS will not have the
    >> same outlets as an American version. This is not usually a problem
    >> because few people buy these internationally.
    >>
    >> Anthony

    >
    >UPS are basically to give time to cover minor power burps and time for
    >orderly shutdown, not extended operations.
    >
    >small consumer units will overheat on external batteries, buy only a
    >unit with built in external battery capacity to avoid the overheat
    >issues.
    >
    >UPS are generally too small to run printers, and printing may induce
    >transients that cause computer problems, your better off to at minimum
    >have them on seperate UPS.
    >
    >If operations are that critical consider a auto backup generator
    >running on natural gas or propane for essentially indefinite operation
    >of most of your homes systems


    Inkjets are OK on a UPS if necessary, but NEVER a laser. Any dual
    conversion UPS will work almost infinitely if enough DC power is
    available. They are DESIGNED to run full time. Only caveat is you will
    likely require an external charger to handle the extended run
    batteries if the unit was not built as extended run.
    I like the idea of a small IC engine powered generator for extended
    run, like the old BEST UBS system.

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    clare at snyder.on.ca, Feb 11, 2007
    #7
  8. On Sat, 10 Feb 2007 23:23:02 +0000, Eeyore
    <> wrote:

    >
    >
    >John wrote:
    >
    >> I just have a couple of questions about the UPS devices you can get
    >> for your computer.
    >>
    >> How do you know how much power your computer and it's peripherals use?

    >
    >You can measure it or estimate it. Some products especially monitors tell you
    >how much power they consume.
    >

    They tell you the MAXIMUM they will draw, not necessarily the real
    running power. Many good UPS units will actually TELL you how much
    load they are running (as a percentage of full load)
    20% on a 600va unit is 120 va.
    >
    >> And how do you know what it uses on average? How do you go about
    >> calculating or measuring the typical power consumption of your system
    >> so you have a better idea of what capacity UPS device you need?

    >
    >What you need to be aware of is that PCs use more power on start-up, although a
    >good UPS may have an allowance for this.

    They use only a moderately greater amount on startup - they use more
    when accessing hard drives or cds and more yet when writing to them.
    >
    >It's wise to be slightly generous in your UPS sizing btw. You never know what
    >you might want to add later.
    >
    >Graham


    NEVER try to scrimp and use a marginal device. Slightly oversized buys
    you a lot of reliability.


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    clare at snyder.on.ca, Feb 11, 2007
    #8
  9. John

    Guest

    On Feb 10, 11:22�pm, clare at snyder.on.ca wrote:
    > On 10 Feb 2007 14:34:51 -0800, "" <>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > >On Feb 10, 4:01?pm, Anthony Matonak
    > ><> wrote:
    > >> John wrote:
    > >> > How do you know how much power your computer and it's peripherals use?
    > >> > And how do you know what it uses on average? How do you go about
    > >> > calculating or measuring the typical power consumption of your system
    > >> > so you have a better idea of what capacity UPS device you need?

    >
    > >> The best way to is to measure. As the other fellow said, a kill-a-watt
    > >> meter isn't terribly expensive. Other people have measured typical
    > >> computers, monitors, printers, etc. and posted their results on this
    > >> and other newsgroups as well as websites. A little web searching
    > >> should yield some results.

    >
    > >> > I also wondered if it is possible to connect an external battery to a
    > >> > UPS device in some way to boost the amount of back up time you have?

    >
    > >> Yes, it's possible but it works best if the UPS is designed to have
    > >> external batteries. Many of them do, though not many of the small
    > >> consumer versions.

    >
    > >> > My system I would definitely want the computer and monitor as well as
    > >> > the ADSL/Router to be permanently connected to the UPS. I would also
    > >> > like the other device to be connected to like the printer and scanner
    > >> > even though these are not as critical.  o most UPS device today give
    > >> > you lots of different connection options e.g. computer power lead, 3
    > >> > pin plug (uk) etc? As far as my ADSL/router is concerned I would never
    > >> > want the power to go out on that, I would always want it to be
    > >> > powered.

    >
    > >> Most of these units have a number of AC outlets and you can add
    > >> power strips if you need more. It's typical for people to power
    > >> their entire system off their UPS, laser printers excluded.

    >
    > >> I haven't heard of any that have anything but ordinary AC outlets
    > >> but I imagine that with a little tinkering you could add DC from
    > >> the battery terminals inside. The style of outlet is usually the
    > >> same as those used in your country. A French UPS will not have the
    > >> same outlets as an American version. This is not usually a problem
    > >> because few people buy these internationally.

    >
    > >> Anthony

    >
    > >UPS are basically to give time to cover minor power burps and time for
    > >orderly shutdown, not extended operations.

    >
    > >small consumer units will overheat on external batteries, buy only a
    > >unit with built in external battery capacity to avoid the overheat
    > >issues.

    >
    > >UPS are generally too small to run printers, and printing may induce
    > >transients that cause computer problems, your better off to at minimum
    > >have them on seperate UPS.

    >
    > >If operations are that critical consider a auto backup generator
    > >running on natural gas or propane for essentially indefinite operation
    > >of most of your homes systems

    >
    > Inkjets are OK on a UPS if necessary, but NEVER a laser. Any dual
    > conversion UPS will work almost infinitely if enough DC power is
    > available. They are DESIGNED to run full time. Only caveat is you will
    > likely require an external charger to handle the extended run
    > batteries if the unit was not built as extended run.
    > I like the idea of a small IC engine powered generator for extended
    > run, like the old BEST UBS system.
    >
    > --
    > Posted via a free Usenet account fromhttp://www.teranews.com- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    Lower end UPS TODAY are built on the cheap.

    If you KNOW in advance like the manufacturer does the battery run time
    at full load is 15 minutes why build the hardware to run continiously
    for hours? by that time the battery will be long dead and besides you
    sell the super duper 5 hour model for such applications for 5 grand.

    so the design the 15 minute full load to overheat at ull load after 30
    minutes knowing it will never happen.

    Incidently I found this out by the school of hard knocks:(

    Few UPSs today are designed for multi hour operation at full load,
    like printers etc. If you need that buy a generator remembering
    batteries ALL go bad over time. within 3 years realize run time will
    be about half, because of battery aging...
     
    , Feb 11, 2007
    #9
  10. John

    John Guest

    Thanks for all the advice.

    I actually already had a current meter that you plug in so I have
    pulled it out the back of the wardrobe and tested it on my system and
    was quite surprised by the results.

    My system appears to only be using around 100 watts of power when
    switched on, give or take a fluctuation of 5 watts.

    I'm pretty sure that the power supply in my system was something like
    380 or 420 watts. I know it was higher than the power supply I have
    had in the past for previous systems. My system does have quite a few
    devices and drives in it so it was a surprised it is only drawing
    100w.

    I have yet to test the power draw of the ADSL/router on it's own.

    As far as a ups device overheating is concerned, when these devices
    are connected to your computers it is constantly powered from the
    mains power supply to keep the battery topped up right?

    I am just trying to understand how it would overheat if it was still
    constantly connected to the mains power but with a 12v deep cycle
    battery in between?

    So you would have the mains keeping the 12v deep cycle battery topped
    up, and that would then be going via a 12/240v inverter providing say
    around 150w of power (which would be more than enough to cover my
    system) which would keep the UPS topped up and the computer in
    business.

    The only time the battery from the UPS would start to drain would be
    after the deep cycle battery had run out during a power cut. If I had
    a deep cycle battery with a capacity of about 100 amp hours, that
    would provide quite a few hours of use at 100 watts consumption before
    it would exhausts wouldn't it? And by that time the electric may be
    back on anyway.

    Can anyone see any flaws to this type of setup?

    John
     
    John, Feb 11, 2007
    #10
  11. On 11 Feb 2007 07:57:42 -0800, "" <>
    wrote:

    >On Feb 10, 11:22?pm, clare at snyder.on.ca wrote:
    >> On 10 Feb 2007 14:34:51 -0800, "" <>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> >On Feb 10, 4:01?pm, Anthony Matonak
    >> ><> wrote:
    >> >> John wrote:
    >> >> > How do you know how much power your computer and it's peripherals use?
    >> >> > And how do you know what it uses on average? How do you go about
    >> >> > calculating or measuring the typical power consumption of your system
    >> >> > so you have a better idea of what capacity UPS device you need?

    >>
    >> >> The best way to is to measure. As the other fellow said, a kill-a-watt
    >> >> meter isn't terribly expensive. Other people have measured typical
    >> >> computers, monitors, printers, etc. and posted their results on this
    >> >> and other newsgroups as well as websites. A little web searching
    >> >> should yield some results.

    >>
    >> >> > I also wondered if it is possible to connect an external battery to a
    >> >> > UPS device in some way to boost the amount of back up time you have?

    >>
    >> >> Yes, it's possible but it works best if the UPS is designed to have
    >> >> external batteries. Many of them do, though not many of the small
    >> >> consumer versions.

    >>
    >> >> > My system I would definitely want the computer and monitor as well as
    >> >> > the ADSL/Router to be permanently connected to the UPS. I would also
    >> >> > like the other device to be connected to like the printer and scanner
    >> >> > even though these are not as critical. / most UPS device today give
    >> >> > you lots of different connection options e.g. computer power lead, 3
    >> >> > pin plug (uk) etc? As far as my ADSL/router is concerned I would never
    >> >> > want the power to go out on that, I would always want it to be
    >> >> > powered.

    >>
    >> >> Most of these units have a number of AC outlets and you can add
    >> >> power strips if you need more. It's typical for people to power
    >> >> their entire system off their UPS, laser printers excluded.

    >>
    >> >> I haven't heard of any that have anything but ordinary AC outlets
    >> >> but I imagine that with a little tinkering you could add DC from
    >> >> the battery terminals inside. The style of outlet is usually the
    >> >> same as those used in your country. A French UPS will not have the
    >> >> same outlets as an American version. This is not usually a problem
    >> >> because few people buy these internationally.

    >>
    >> >> Anthony

    >>
    >> >UPS are basically to give time to cover minor power burps and time for
    >> >orderly shutdown, not extended operations.

    >>
    >> >small consumer units will overheat on external batteries, buy only a
    >> >unit with built in external battery capacity to avoid the overheat
    >> >issues.

    >>
    >> >UPS are generally too small to run printers, and printing may induce
    >> >transients that cause computer problems, your better off to at minimum
    >> >have them on seperate UPS.

    >>
    >> >If operations are that critical consider a auto backup generator
    >> >running on natural gas or propane for essentially indefinite operation
    >> >of most of your homes systems

    >>
    >> Inkjets are OK on a UPS if necessary, but NEVER a laser. Any dual
    >> conversion UPS will work almost infinitely if enough DC power is
    >> available. They are DESIGNED to run full time. Only caveat is you will
    >> likely require an external charger to handle the extended run
    >> batteries if the unit was not built as extended run.
    >> I like the idea of a small IC engine powered generator for extended
    >> run, like the old BEST UBS system.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Posted via a free Usenet account fromhttp://www.teranews.com- Hide quoted text -
    >>
    >> - Show quoted text -

    >
    >Lower end UPS TODAY are built on the cheap.


    Which does NOT change the FACT that a dual conversion UPS of ANY
    stripe is built to work 24/7, 365 days a year if enough DC power is
    available.

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    clare at snyder.on.ca, Feb 11, 2007
    #11
  12. On Sun, 11 Feb 2007 20:32:08 +0000, John <> wrote:

    >Thanks for all the advice.
    >
    >I actually already had a current meter that you plug in so I have
    >pulled it out the back of the wardrobe and tested it on my system and
    >was quite surprised by the results.
    >
    >My system appears to only be using around 100 watts of power when
    >switched on, give or take a fluctuation of 5 watts.
    >
    >I'm pretty sure that the power supply in my system was something like
    >380 or 420 watts. I know it was higher than the power supply I have
    >had in the past for previous systems. My system does have quite a few
    >devices and drives in it so it was a surprised it is only drawing
    >100w.
    >
    >I have yet to test the power draw of the ADSL/router on it's own.
    >
    >As far as a ups device overheating is concerned, when these devices
    >are connected to your computers it is constantly powered from the
    >mains power supply to keep the battery topped up right?
    >
    >I am just trying to understand how it would overheat if it was still
    >constantly connected to the mains power but with a 12v deep cycle
    >battery in between?


    If it is not a dual conversion UPS, the computer runs off mains power
    untill the mains power fails. The inverter then takes over. A dual
    conversion UPS is essentially a large battery charger, a battery, and
    an inverter.
    There are dual conversion, line interactive, and standby UPS systems.
    >
    >So you would have the mains keeping the 12v deep cycle battery topped
    >up, and that would then be going via a 12/240v inverter providing say
    >around 150w of power (which would be more than enough to cover my
    >system) which would keep the UPS topped up and the computer in
    >business.
    >
    >The only time the battery from the UPS would start to drain would be
    >after the deep cycle battery had run out during a power cut. If I had
    >a deep cycle battery with a capacity of about 100 amp hours, that
    >would provide quite a few hours of use at 100 watts consumption before
    >it would exhausts wouldn't it? And by that time the electric may be
    >back on anyway.
    >
    >Can anyone see any flaws to this type of setup?
    >
    >John
    >



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    clare at snyder.on.ca, Feb 11, 2007
    #12
  13. clare at snyder.on.ca wrote:
    > On Sun, 11 Feb 2007 20:32:08 +0000, John <> wrote:
    >
    >>I am just trying to understand how it would overheat if it was still
    >>constantly connected to the mains power but with a 12v deep cycle
    >>battery in between?

    >
    > If it is not a dual conversion UPS, the computer runs off mains power
    > untill the mains power fails. The inverter then takes over. A dual
    > conversion UPS is essentially a large battery charger, a battery, and
    > an inverter.
    > There are dual conversion, line interactive, and standby UPS systems.


    Most small consumer UPS units are strictly standby. The inverter
    doesn't activate until you lose power and, as has been stated
    elsewhere, they often skimp on cooling.

    Anthony
     
    Anthony Matonak, Feb 12, 2007
    #13
  14. John

    Mike Guest

    On Sun, 11 Feb 2007 16:09:38 -0500, clare at snyder.on.ca wrote:

    >On 11 Feb 2007 07:57:42 -0800, "" <>
    >wrote:


    >>Lower end UPS TODAY are built on the cheap.

    >
    >Which does NOT change the FACT that a dual conversion UPS of ANY
    >stripe is built to work 24/7, 365 days a year if enough DC power is
    >available.


    That *might* be the original intention of the engineers, but, by the
    time the accountants and marketing people have had their say, then
    what the customer *actually* ends up with isn't capable by any stretch
    of the imagination of 24/7 365 operation.

    Heck some of them, and I'm talking about big names here, even after
    many years experience in the field don't even know how to properly
    float charge the batteries they fit in multi thousand dollar UPS's.



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    #14
  15. On Mon, 12 Feb 2007 13:10:05 +0000, Mike <> wrote:

    >On Sun, 11 Feb 2007 16:09:38 -0500, clare at snyder.on.ca wrote:
    >
    >>On 11 Feb 2007 07:57:42 -0800, "" <>
    >>wrote:

    >
    >>>Lower end UPS TODAY are built on the cheap.

    >>
    >>Which does NOT change the FACT that a dual conversion UPS of ANY
    >>stripe is built to work 24/7, 365 days a year if enough DC power is
    >>available.

    >
    >That *might* be the original intention of the engineers, but, by the
    >time the accountants and marketing people have had their say, then
    >what the customer *actually* ends up with isn't capable by any stretch
    >of the imagination of 24/7 365 operation.


    You do not understand. A DUAL CONVERSION UPS DOES run 24/7, 365 days
    in NORMAL USE. The inverter runs ALL THE TIME, supplying the FULL
    LOAD.
    >
    >Heck some of them, and I'm talking about big names here, even after
    >many years experience in the field don't even know how to properly
    >float charge the batteries they fit in multi thousand dollar UPS's.



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    clare at snyder.on.ca, Feb 12, 2007
    #15
  16. John

    Mike Guest

    On Mon, 12 Feb 2007 15:38:56 -0500, clare at snyder.on.ca wrote:

    >On Mon, 12 Feb 2007 13:10:05 +0000, Mike <> wrote:
    >
    >>On Sun, 11 Feb 2007 16:09:38 -0500, clare at snyder.on.ca wrote:
    >>
    >>>On 11 Feb 2007 07:57:42 -0800, "" <>
    >>>wrote:

    >>
    >>>>Lower end UPS TODAY are built on the cheap.
    >>>
    >>>Which does NOT change the FACT that a dual conversion UPS of ANY
    >>>stripe is built to work 24/7, 365 days a year if enough DC power is
    >>>available.

    >>
    >>That *might* be the original intention of the engineers, but, by the
    >>time the accountants and marketing people have had their say, then
    >>what the customer *actually* ends up with isn't capable by any stretch
    >>of the imagination of 24/7 365 operation.

    >
    >You do not understand. A DUAL CONVERSION UPS DOES run 24/7, 365 days
    >in NORMAL USE. The inverter runs ALL THE TIME, supplying the FULL
    >LOAD.
    >>
    >>Heck some of them, and I'm talking about big names here, even after
    >>many years experience in the field don't even know how to properly
    >>float charge the batteries they fit in multi thousand dollar UPS's.


    Yes I do COMPLETELY understand the concept of a dual conversion UPS
    and I stand by my statement.

    The lack of fault tolerant design such as redundant cooling fans and
    restrictive particle filtration is a continuing design error in a
    significant number of dual conversion UPS's Site the equipment in an
    air conditioned environment and you might get away with it for a
    couple of years, fit it in the real dusty grimy world especially with
    temperatures approaching the upper end of its declared operating
    regime and you are extremely lucky to get much more than 365 days use.




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    #16
  17. On Tue, 13 Feb 2007 09:55:11 +0000, Mike <> wrote:

    >On Mon, 12 Feb 2007 15:38:56 -0500, clare at snyder.on.ca wrote:
    >
    >>On Mon, 12 Feb 2007 13:10:05 +0000, Mike <> wrote:
    >>
    >>>On Sun, 11 Feb 2007 16:09:38 -0500, clare at snyder.on.ca wrote:
    >>>
    >>>>On 11 Feb 2007 07:57:42 -0800, "" <>
    >>>>wrote:
    >>>
    >>>>>Lower end UPS TODAY are built on the cheap.
    >>>>
    >>>>Which does NOT change the FACT that a dual conversion UPS of ANY
    >>>>stripe is built to work 24/7, 365 days a year if enough DC power is
    >>>>available.
    >>>
    >>>That *might* be the original intention of the engineers, but, by the
    >>>time the accountants and marketing people have had their say, then
    >>>what the customer *actually* ends up with isn't capable by any stretch
    >>>of the imagination of 24/7 365 operation.

    >>
    >>You do not understand. A DUAL CONVERSION UPS DOES run 24/7, 365 days
    >>in NORMAL USE. The inverter runs ALL THE TIME, supplying the FULL
    >>LOAD.
    >>>
    >>>Heck some of them, and I'm talking about big names here, even after
    >>>many years experience in the field don't even know how to properly
    >>>float charge the batteries they fit in multi thousand dollar UPS's.

    >
    >Yes I do COMPLETELY understand the concept of a dual conversion UPS
    >and I stand by my statement.
    >
    >The lack of fault tolerant design such as redundant cooling fans and
    >restrictive particle filtration is a continuing design error in a
    >significant number of dual conversion UPS's Site the equipment in an
    >air conditioned environment and you might get away with it for a
    >couple of years, fit it in the real dusty grimy world especially with
    >temperatures approaching the upper end of its declared operating
    >regime and you are extremely lucky to get much more than 365 days use.


    The same goes for ANY equipment. Abuse it and it WILL FAIL.

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    clare at snyder.on.ca, Feb 13, 2007
    #17
  18. John

    Guest

    In article <45cfb971$0$1372$>,
    says...
    > clare at snyder.on.ca wrote:
    > > On Sun, 11 Feb 2007 20:32:08 +0000, John <> wrote:
    > >
    > >>I am just trying to understand how it would overheat if it was still
    > >>constantly connected to the mains power but with a 12v deep cycle
    > >>battery in between?

    > >
    > > If it is not a dual conversion UPS, the computer runs off mains power
    > > untill the mains power fails. The inverter then takes over. A dual
    > > conversion UPS is essentially a large battery charger, a battery, and
    > > an inverter.
    > > There are dual conversion, line interactive, and standby UPS systems.



    > Most small consumer UPS units are strictly standby. The inverter
    > doesn't activate until you lose power and, as has been stated
    > elsewhere, they often skimp on cooling.



    I have one of those - a low-end APS brand. If the mains power
    goes off, there is an audible "click," which I guess is a relay
    switching between the mains feed-though, and the inverter.

    There doesn't seem to be any provision for cooling at all.

    It's really just to get through very brief (say, two second)
    dips, and to give time to shut down, if the mains stays off
    longer than that.


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    , Feb 17, 2007
    #18
  19. On Fri, 16 Feb 2007 23:10:21 -0800,
    <> wrote:

    >In article <45cfb971$0$1372$>,
    > says...
    >> clare at snyder.on.ca wrote:
    >> > On Sun, 11 Feb 2007 20:32:08 +0000, John <> wrote:
    >> >
    >> >>I am just trying to understand how it would overheat if it was still
    >> >>constantly connected to the mains power but with a 12v deep cycle
    >> >>battery in between?
    >> >
    >> > If it is not a dual conversion UPS, the computer runs off mains power
    >> > untill the mains power fails. The inverter then takes over. A dual
    >> > conversion UPS is essentially a large battery charger, a battery, and
    >> > an inverter.
    >> > There are dual conversion, line interactive, and standby UPS systems.

    >
    >
    >> Most small consumer UPS units are strictly standby. The inverter
    >> doesn't activate until you lose power and, as has been stated
    >> elsewhere, they often skimp on cooling.


    >
    >
    >I have one of those - a low-end APS brand. If the mains power
    >goes off, there is an audible "click," which I guess is a relay
    >switching between the mains feed-though, and the inverter.



    I'm assuming you mean APC, not APS, and you are right, their low end
    stuff SUCKS. Their midline stuff isn't much better from my 20+ years
    experience.
    >
    >There doesn't seem to be any provision for cooling at all.
    >
    >It's really just to get through very brief (say, two second)
    >dips, and to give time to shut down, if the mains stays off
    >longer than that.



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    clare at snyder.on.ca, Feb 17, 2007
    #19
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