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This review is from: CyberPower Ecologic EC850LCD 850 VA 510 Watts 12 Outlets UPS
Pros: I'm using this UPS to provide backup power to the following:
"Cable Gateway" (computer modem/IP phone)
primary desktop computer
cordless phone base unit.
When the UPS is in standby (on AC power) mode the Power Panel software shows the "battery capacity" @ 100% and the "remaining battery runtime" to be 37 minutes at the load level created by the equipment listed above.
I've been present for two power outages since installing the UPS. Here are my observations:
The first outage was just a 2-3 second dip and when I opened the (previously downloaded/installed) Power Panel software the power had already returned. The software indicated that the "battery capacity" was 91% and the "remaining battery runtime" was 31 minutes.
The 2nd outage lasted about 4 to 5 minutes. This time I opened the Power Panel software while the power was out and was observing the "current status" screen when the power came back on. When the power was restored the software indicated that the "battery capacity" was 73% and the "remaining battery runtime" was 21 minutes.
These readings indicate that the battery discharges faster than one would expect based on the information shown when the UPS is "fully charged " and receiving AC power. While based on a VERY small information sample, I think the "remaining battery runtime" figures are probably skewed to the "charitable" side and one should not expect to keep on working for very long if the power goes out but rather should save their work and shut things down in an orderly fashion.
Additionally the software is designed to automatically do a controlled shut down of the computer where the Power Panel software is installed either:
a ... after 5 minutes of no AC (to preserve the backup battery for subsequent outages).
b ... when the battery is 5 minutes from depletion (to keep the protected equipment working as long as possible).
In summary, I'm pleased with my purchase and here's why:
Typically, in my neighborhood, power outages are more like the first one I described above ... just seconds long, rather than minutes or hours.
With the most recent equipment upgrade, Comcast (my internet provider) no longer provides a backup battery for the Cable Gateway unit. As a result, whenever there was even the smallest flicker in the AC the modem/phone/desktop/router would crash and reboot (a rather time consuming evolution).
Installing the UPS made more sense to me than buying a $40.00 backup battery for the rented Gateway equipment. Now, instead of the modem and router and desktop and phone crashing when the AC hiccups, things just "keep on keeping on" ... a very good thing in my opinion.
And, it was on sale as well.
So, this purchase gets a smile from me along with a 4 or 5 star rating.
Cons: None to date.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Dell E2014H Black 20" 5ms Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 1000:1
Pros: on sale - cheap
crisp, sharp display output
digital part of 2 monitor system, one analog, one digital
Cons: noneREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: vy cheap via on-sale/rebate
mini-upgrade from Radeon 4850
worked right out of the box
still supported by AMD Catalyst Control Center
Cons: none considering what I wanted it for.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: John O.
Date Joined: 10/12/04
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