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Don’t throw away your UPS

by on Mar.14, 2019, under Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

I always recommend getting a standard desktop UPS, such as APC’s 850VA BE850M2 on Amazon or APC’s 1500VA BX1500M also on Amazon, to protect your hard drive for dips in power (brownouts and blackouts).

At some point your UPS’s battery is going to fail. It’s common to want to replace the entire UPS unit, but you can save a considerable amount of money by simply replacing the battery.

Most manufacturers, like APC, offer a battery replacement lookup tool such as this:

Here’s a running list of battery cartridges I encounter with inexpensive replacements with Prime shipping on Amazon:

APC RBC109 – BR1500LCD, BX1500LCD, BR1200G, BR1300LCD, BX1300LCD, BN1250LCD

APC RBC17 – BE650G1, BE750G, BR700G, BE850M2, BX850M, BE650G, BN600, BN650M1, BN700MC, BN900M

APC RBC124 – BR1500G, BR1300G, BX1500M, BX1500G, SMC1000-2U, SMC1000-2UC, BR1500GI, SMC1000-2U, SMC1000-2UC

APC RBC7 – SMT1500, SMT1500C, SMT1500US, SUA1500, SUA1500US

APC RBC33 – BT1500, BT1500BP, BR1500, BX1500, SC1000, SN1000

(Note this is not APC branded)

(Note this is not APC branded)

Amazon is a great solution for ordering if you have access to a Prime account because these parts tend to be heavy and expensive to ship.

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Rack Gear

by on Jul.18, 2018, under Hardware, Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

Occasionally you find you have to rack standard desktops or other non-rackable gear in a 4 post rack. I’ve found the StarTech Server Rack Shelf (sold on Amazon has great build quality and I would buy it again.

Racking an APC UPS on a two-post rack can be an expensive prospect. I’m found this solution on Amazon to be one of the more economical.

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