UPS for 3 hours

The most major load shedding is for 3 hours. I need 3 hours worth of backup for my PC.

PC stats:

Linksys Router

Worldcall modem :$

Acer LCD 19"

C2D 1.8 GHZ

8500 GT

HP Printer (doesn't need all time).

What to do? What brand? What kind of UPS?

Use this calculator to help you calculate how my KVa's you require:

http://www.apc.com/tools/ups_selector/index.cfm

Cheers

I have been recommended APC Smart-UPS XL 750VA USB & Serial 230V + (1)SUA24XLBP Battery Unit

http://www.apc.com/products/configure/index.cfm?base_sku=SUA750XLI&full_sku=SUA750XLI%20%2B%20%281%29SUA24XLBP&totalwatts=207&&fnl=4605,2&fnl_basket=4605,3c

Is it okay?

APC brand is available in Pakistan? If yes, what can I check for prices?

You can pull up their distributor information if you select Pakistan as your country. Their listed distributor is Technovision for Pakistan.

My guess is if you want to run your entire system for three hours, you need a 3KVa - 4KVa UPS, it won't be cheap =)

Thanks, Raza.

Can you tell me what are rough prices for UPS?

Sorry, no idea. You are going to have to the leg work yourself =) Call around and find out what the offerings from different vendors are. You can get UPS units with Wet or Dry batteries, so ask around because there is a huge difference in quality, price and life of the units.

*sigh* I am a sucker for helping out others, here are some sample rates from Galaxy.Pk for a UPS, perhaps you can extrapolate this for the size you would need:

1000-VA DRY BATTERY (600W) Rs. 8500

2000-VA DRY BATTERY Rs. 18000

my guess is that the 2KVa unit would probably last you a little over a hour and a half, but only actual usage will tell. For that much, perhaps you should consider a generator =)

The reason I say that is because most UPS units will take at _least_ 6 hours to recharge, most will take more. If you don't get the 6 hours of charge between blackouts, you'll just be stuck in the darkness =)

Cheers,

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Thanks, Raza.

Can you tell me what are rough prices for UPS?

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APC’s UPS are very good in quality but expensive. They are expensive at least in my eyes for myself. Usual UPS are 15 ~ 30 thousand rupees. For a UPS that can sustain load for 3 hours, hmm, could be expensive one, maybe 50K+. This is my pure guess. Please check local dealer. Give a call or visit to get real rates. :)

Hmm, okay. I'll update the thread with prices. No problem. :)

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Hmm, okay. I’ll update the thread with prices. No problem. :)
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By the way, if you budget is tight then you can get a 5 to 15 minutes APC’s UPS and get desi UPS for 3 hours backup. Desi UPS usually can’t handle surges and computers are very sensitive to surge, therefore, you’ll need a good quality UPS to protect your computer from restarting when power goes off and desi UPS switch-on to feed power.

http://www.beliscity.com/Category.aspx?did=5&cid=85

http://www.hbc.com.pk/Products_Category/Accessories/UPS.html

Hopefully this helps in giving you a rough indication.

What's a good solution for generators under 20k? It seems I can get my desired UPS for 19k.

Oh! My God!

Look at this:

http://www.hbc.com.pk/Product_Detail/Accessories/UPS/APC/10_KVA.html

I might buy a car instead of this :)

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Oh! My God!

Look at this:

http://www.hbc.com.pk/Product_Detail/Accessories/UPS/APC/10_KVA.html

I might buy a car instead of this :)

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Lol? It should be for servers.

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Lol? It should be for servers.

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I’ll still buy a car and maybe I can manage a generator too (if I need for server) and 5 minute UPS. :)

Benefit of Notebooks > Desktops =)

I would suggest you get a 500Va UPS to just ensure you machine doesnt re-start, and hook it up with a line-UPS around 1500 Watts hooked up to a large car battery, that should get you around ~1.5 hours of usage...

A UPS is not a *replacement* for a generator, it is simply a go-between. Remember, the functionality of the UPS is dependent on KESC / WAPDA etc...

Hope this helps.

Raza

Hmmm, can you recommend me reliable generator solutions for budget users? 20-30k is my budget.

lol.. whatever type of genertor u use.. it will produce a lot of noise so u have to think about tht too.. if i was u then i would get a ups tht can atleast give 30 to 40 min backup and a small generator or a gas genertor... no wories after tht..

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lol… whatever type of genertor u use… it will produce a lot of noise so u have to think about tht too… if i was u then i would get a ups tht can atleast give 30 to 40 min backup and a small generator or a gas genertor… no wories after tht…
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I don’t care about the waste sound energy. However, I care about the small amount of energy that is converted to electrical energy.

Hmm, I’ve heard gas generators are not good for home. Is that true?

no they are good,and cheap but they are expensive when u buy them :D

get a small honda generator.. and tht will run on petrol.