Tags: apc


  07:31:20 pm, by The Dreamer   , 419 words  
Categories: Stuff, Home

Got a new UPS

A while back I had looked at APC's Trade-UPS offer on trading in my old BackUPS Office 500VA (BF500). I had replaced the batteries a few times since I had acquired it at charity auction used. And, it could probably continue to serve me if I had gotten another new battery for it.

Though I earlier this year I had picked up an APC Back-UPS ES 550VA (BE550R), through a President's Day sale, and similar in style...it offered new features that the old UPS didn't have, and its rated to be more efficient/longer lasting. And, seems to do the job I have it doing.

But, the trade-in discount wasn't huge compared to sales that appear from time to time, and I wasn't sure I wanted the hassle...though its probably greener than breaking the UPS up so its battery is disposed differently than the rest...and the battery disposal is another kind of hassle. So, I kind of have a small collection of batteries at the moment.

Then recently I got an email, of a further 10% discount on the Trade-UPS price...and I don't know if it was that way before...free shipping (both ways).

While it was still kind of a hassle returning the old UPS...had to find a box to put it in and attach the UPS label to...and then it was getting the old UPS to UPS. I had put it by the door hoping the next time UPS came by with deliveries, that I would give it to him....only problem was I kept forgetting to do that. Finally, I just took it down to the UPS store...and off it went.

Well, today the new UPS arrived. It's a BE650G.

Of course, I'm not sure where I'm going to use it yet. Well, actually one possibility comes to mind...but there's still the whole project of rearranging my bedroom and replacing the disintegrated dresser (and no more piles of clean clothes on the floor)....a project I plan to tackle later this month....

Guess I'll find somewhere to put it aside until then....

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  01:01:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 534 words  
Categories: Stuff, ReplayTV, Home Theatre, Computer, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

The UPS and HT shuffle

Even though I was up before noon and could do something dangerous, I got lazy and procrastinated the morning away. Continuing the lack of motivation and go out and do stuff, I jumped into the latest equipment shuffle.

I started by turning off the UPS on the left side of my HT rack and seeing what went off. And, then started removing cables and stuff, making sure I knew things were going as expected. Plus there were other cables to nowhere or longer loops caused by the removal of some ReplayTVs and related components.

Then, I moved my 2 TiVo HDs to occupy the void that was once 4 ReplayTVs (at one time 5, but I had removed the dead one some time ago). And, then I swapped the GeekSquad 1285 UPS for the PowerSource 400.

With things powered up, the guage is reading 120W for load. That's pretty good, guess the numbers I pulled off online were a bit too conservative. Means there'll be ample capacity to add another TiVo HD + expander when that time comes. Though alternatively, there is the new void on the right side caused by the movement of a TiVo HD. And, I'm sure the SmartUPS on the right side can handle having a TiVo on it again.

So, it was time to go put the GeekSquad 1285 back into service.

The first plan was to put 'box' on it. And, maybe the monitor. There's an APC BackUPS 1500VA that is powering 'box' and the monitor along with my Windows stack. So, 'box' and monitor needed to move. Ideally, 'box' would go on a PowerSource 400, but that one hasn't been purchased yet. But, once I traced out the cables and discovered some quirks (by accidentally pulling the plug on 'orac'.) I got 'box' and monitor onto the GeekSquad 1285.

Then I noticed the annoyance. The 'silent' icon was no longer lit. Guess that explains why it was making a racket last power outage. Apparently it needs utility power to remember its settings, seems kind of lame. So I got my laptop and set about to reprogram it.

While I was connected I saw that runtime was shorter than I expected the move would get me. Guess 'box' draws quite a lot of power, and the UPS isn't really up to that kind of task. Even though it would also be bad, I ended up putting 'box' onto the PowerSource 400 that backs up the network switch and 'lhaven'. Guess at a future date, I'll move 'box' and switch to a separate PowerSource 400. That'll be fun.

I put the GeekSquad 1285 to back up 'orac' and monitor instead. Interesting that Gnome Power Manager saw the UPS, and seemed to indicate that it knew what to do now. Guess we'll find out next outage. Not sure if that means I should be looking at a UPS other than another PowerSource 400 to protect 'box'. Its a trade off....I would rather 'box' never go down in an extended outage, though it is also modern enough now that it should detect and handle modern UPSs as well.

I guess we'll see when the next impulse hits.

Of course, there's the question of what to do with the now retired CPS1500AVR-HO and CPS700AVR. :hmm:


  07:53:57 pm, by The Dreamer   , 351 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, Storage

I got an APC BX1300LCD

I didn't really plan on getting this UPS, but I was planning to get a UPS.

I had been eyeballing the CyberPowerSystems CP1000AVRLCD. The university computer store had one in for $145. While Amazon.com has it for ~$109. Though wasn't quite sure how to work delivery of the Amazon.com around my work schedule.

If the difference hadn't been so wide, I might have taken the plunge and grabbed the UPS from the university computer store. One factor over other (smaller) choices was that it had 5 battery backed outlets. Which means I could put all of 'gumby' and its external drives on it, and one for temporarily placing 'box'.

But, then today I was out eating lunch with some co-workers...and my quest for a new UPS came up....so not in a hurry to get back to work after lunch, we popped into Wal-Mart. Which oddly doesn't seem to sell UPSs? Couldn't confirm, because nobody would help me as I stood around in the electronics department....

So, then we popped over to Best Buy. Of the choices....it came down to the Geek Squad 1285VA and an APC 1300VA. The APC was ~$3 cheaper, and had a hair more capacity. Though the capacity isn't really a big deal for what I'm using. But, that one choice was APC and it was slightly cheaper...I went with that one.

Plus the APC has 6 battery protected outlets, while the Geek Squad (which I already have one of) only has 4 (I also have the CyberPowerSystems version). This means I could put all the things I wanted directly onto the UPS, plus I threw the LCD monitor onto it as well.

Amazon.com sold a BR1300LCD, which from what I've read the difference is the BR model can trim over-voltage conditions in its AVR, while the BX can only boost under-voltage conditions. I don't know of a situation here where I've seen overvoltage, so I think I can get away without it. I know this was a problem back when I was living in Ohio though.

Meanwhile, there's a new 500GB SATA drive sitting on a desk waiting to be installed into 'orac'.

Tags: apc, best buy, ups


  08:59:37 pm, by The Dreamer   , 386 words  
Categories: Computer, Home, Appliances

UPS Hell

Today, I came home and found my Staples delivery waiting by my front door. It was the APC Back-UPS ES Series 550VA UPS (BE550R), along with 3 cases of water (which I had added to pad the order to be over $50).

But, when I came in...things were strangely quiet, or rather I was hearing sounds that I wasn't accustom to hearing. My main computer wasn't on....its UPS, a Belkin F6C1500-TW-RK, was off with a red light. Strange.... I wouldn't expect this UPS to be down. Sure its out of warranty now, but I had replaced its battery back in August.

I restarted the UPS and waited for everything to be working again, etc. And, then I triggered a 10-second self-test. Wham....it went down instantly. Guess the UPS is bad and needs to be replaced.

Of course, now the President's Day sale is over....and that 1500VA UPS that I was on the fence on getting....that was $30 off and free shipping. Wasn't on sale now. So, I went looking around on line to see what UPS I could get quickly, of sufficient VA's. The load meter on the Belkin is around 33%, so the replacement I got didn't have to be the full 1500VAs. Though it was still preferable.

At first I looked at Amazon.com, but Amazon Prime was only going to get me free ground shipping on the UPS. And, they put ETA at Feb 25th. I didn't really want to wait that long....so it occurred to me that I should check Staples again.

Amazon.com had a 1500VA UPS for under $200, while with Staples I would be looking at 1285/1300 VA UPS for under $200. And, while the Amazon.com one would be APC, and the Staples would be CyberPower. I opted to get a 1285VA Cyberpower from Staples, since they said I could get it on February 20th.

And, just as I was about to finalize the order, I remembered that I had a $10 off >$100 coupon that I looked at using on Monday...but didn't think of what I had that much to use it on....but now I did. So, now I'm waiting for a Cyberpower 1285VA UPS to appear.

Haven't decided when I'll put the 550VA UPS into service. The thing I want to put on it, isn't in place yet and I don't feel like dealing with that right now.


  07:18:38 pm, by The Dreamer   , 842 words  
Categories: Home Theatre

SmartUPS 1250VA is dead, long live my SmartUPS 1250VA UPS.

On (late morning) December 7th, there was a power glitch. Half my home theater went dead and there was this continuous beep.

The SmartUPS 1250VA UPS that was protecting that half seemed to have died horribly. Eventually, I was able to get it turn on and self-test by removing the bulk of the load from it. And, then a few minutes later I got the load running off of it again.

But, now the Replace Battery light was firmly on and it was do the replace battery beeping at regular intervals....during the day, in the evening while I'm trying to watch TV, in the middle of the night. :lalala:

I promptly set out to find replacement batteries for it....trying to figure out what source would to get them as fast as possible. First I had to determine what kind of battery to use. I recalled BatteryMart had listed the battery I wanted as "SLA-12V18-X2". Checking again, it seemed like a good price...except then there was the matter of shipping. Was Ground shipping acceptable (no). Was the premium of 3-day/2-day service affordable (not really).

The description said it replaces RBC7.

So, I went to Amazon.com to see if they had RBC7 available from them, and therefor available to be under Amazon Prime.

They did. And, that price was equivalent buying just the batteries....

ETA December 10th, 2008.

Well, unfortunately FedEx takes its time on showing up to make deliveries (though I guess UPS has been really late lately as well). So, I gave up waiting, because I had a meeting in the afternoon (2pm)....they showed up about 3pm. And, they wouldn't leave it without a signature. It came by 2 day service, instead of ground (where I had a signature release on file with them). So there was a door tag waiting for me, and I signed it so that I would get it today.

I did wait a little bit this morning, but they didn't show up in the time before my dentist appointment or the bit of time I lingered at home after my dentist appointment. They didn't actually show again until well after 2pm. I knew they had left the box on my door step. But, I had a meeting after work to go to. Though its a heavy box, and there hasn't been any problem in the past with stuff left on my door step for short periods.

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