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Who uses a UPS - and what kind?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by sangs, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. Apr 3, 2013 #1 of 34
    sangs

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    Anybody here connect their DVRs to a UPS? I've had one for quite a bit, but during a power outage the other day, it died in about two minutes.

    Looking to replace it, but want one that can handle an HR34 and/or HR24 load for at least 10 minutes or so - and maybe longer. (Our weird outages tend to run short for God knows what reason). Not looking to break the bank here, but don't want some cheap POS either. Suggestions?
     
  2. Apr 3, 2013 #2 of 34
    Sixto

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    I have APC 550 and 750G units all throughout the house on every DVR and electronics device.
     
  3. Apr 3, 2013 #3 of 34
    sangs

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    Well if you're using them, that's endorsement enough for me. That wattage is sufficient enough huh? I'd have thought higher. Thanks.
     
  4. Apr 3, 2013 #4 of 34
    RunnerFL

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    I have one UPS per DVR and I'm using a mixture of APC and Cyberpower.

    Make sure you get something with AVR! (Auto Voltage Regulation)
     
  5. Apr 3, 2013 #5 of 34
    gov

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    If old UPS went kaput that quickly, it might just need a new battery.

    Unfortunately, a battery can be a significant percentage of the price of a new unit.
     
  6. Apr 3, 2013 #6 of 34
    Jon J

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    All four DVRs on UPS. I have switched to CyberPower exclusively.
     
  7. Apr 3, 2013 #7 of 34
    jimmie57

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    I use the APC 550G on each of my systems. Recently I have had blips but I have also had extended outages of power. When the power is out for a long time I have found that the units will power the Receiver only for 40 minutes and then it is done.

    I have 1 hooked to a PC system with 2 monitors and it is no problem to close your programs and shut down when the power goes out.
     
  8. Apr 3, 2013 #8 of 34
    litzdog911

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    Each of my HD DVRs is connected to an APC UPS. Different models, though.
     
  9. Apr 3, 2013 #9 of 34
    SFNSXguy

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    Three DVRs here -- three APC UPS units (350-750 depending on other gear connected)
     
  10. sangs

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    Oh, it didn't go quickly. Have had it since late 2007. It was a Belkin, but unfortunately it doesn't appear Belkin makes a UPS anymore. And if they do, they aren't available locally or via Amazon.
     
  11. sangs

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    Local store had a good deal on Cyberpower mini towers so grabbed a couple today. Thanks for the input everybody.
     
  12. bobnielsen

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    APC UPS units on both my H24 and HR24.
     
  13. Todd2

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    Same here. 4 in use currently with one spare. Used apc for the longest time but cyberpower is what I am migrating to now.

    Did recently buy a replacement battery from amazon for a apc 350. But any new full ups purchase will be cyberpower.
     
  14. Diana C

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    If you plug the TV into the UPS it will drain the battery pretty quick.

    We have APC 350, 500 and 550 units on our DVRs. They power only the DVR and the external drives (if applicable). Of course, we also just installed a whole house generator, so we only need backup power for the couple of minutes it takes the generator to kick in.
     
  15. gov

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    Quickly as in it went out in 2 minutes when you really needed it.

    2007 means you did get quite a bit of good out it, and that's a good thing.


    :D
     
  16. armophob

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    Everything in the house except major appliances is on battery.
    The biggest ones back up the tv's and dvrs. Once I turn off the tv's in a blackout, they will hold the dvr's for a day at least.

    APC BACK UPS OFFICE 500 (325W / 500VA )
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    APC Back-UPS PRO 1100VA (670W / 1000VA )
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    APC BACK-UPS NS 1250 (780W / 1250VA )
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  17. tgater

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    All 5 DVR's on APC's various wattages as well as the SWM 16 in the basement. I only need about 1 minute of backup due to the auto generator.
     
  18. jdspencer

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    In addition to the UPSs on my DVRs, I also have one for my DSL modem & NAS.
     
  19. Delroy E Walleye

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    Got a low-end APC on two HRs. Lasts up to 40min (slightly longer if DVRs are not "on"). Originally got it on recommendation from folks who put in the larger drive, but it's come in handy.

    Only other device plugged in is the SWM PI. This keeps the recordings going if the outage is short enough. Can also plug in the laptop with a vid device in order to perform "graceful" shutdowns if it power doesn't come back on soon enough.

    On one particular long outage I tried connecting a (750w) power inverter with a 100ft ext cord going out to the car. Kept things powered, but the APC did not "like" the power at all and kept clicking and making strange noises. Still gave me a few extra mins, though, to shut things down properly.
     
  20. Mark Holtz

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    The main reason why I have a UPS attached to my DVR is that it takes several minutes for a DVR to become operational after a few second power outage.
     

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