[Nut-upsdev] Recommendations for consumer-grafe GPSes?

Drew drew.kay at gmail.com
Fri Jan 16 15:14:33 UTC 2009

> My use case is pretty typical.  I have one Linux machine I want to
> protect, automated shutown is desirable, blackouts longer than a
> hour are very rare at my location (the last one I can remember was
> in 1993), brownouts are very rare and mild, but summer thunderstorms
> are common and can be severe.  I'm a good match for your typical
> consmer-grade UPS.

Hi Eric,

Over the past few years I've been using APC Back-UPS 1200's with great
success. The interface to the computer is USB and is well supported in
NUT. They can also be had for relatively cheap, my last one (a used
unit) set me back $60, and the run-time is decent enough with my needs

If you are buying new I'd look at their Back-UPS RS 1500. It's the
only model in that line that has a plug for an optional battery
module. I don't own one so I can't speak to how much extra juice it
adds but based on apc's run-time estimator on their site (which IMHO
is quite accurate) the battery pack will triple your run-time (e.x.
8min to 22min @ 600W).

My only other recommendation is to stay away from the lesser known
brands of consumer grade UPS' available at the various big box


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