Ultra Backup Systems with AVR

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A few members of the crew here at HotHardware have had experience selling or servicing PCs for large retail chains at one time or another, and each one of us can tell a handful of stories about clients that didn't take our advice with regard to power protection and ultimately paid the price. It never ceased to amaze us how someone could drop upwards of three thousand dollars on a high-end PC only to scoff at the $50 surge protector recommendation. "No thanks", they'd say, "The $5 power strip will do." And inevitably some of them would be back in the shop a few days, weeks, or even months later because their system's got "hit" during the last big thunderstorm. Poof! The moral of the story? Don't be lulled into a false sense of security because you've never experienced a power related problem. Power protection is an important consideration for every PC.

Recognizing the need to supplement their already popular line of power supplies with an assortment of power protection products, Ultra recently released a trio of Uninterruptable Power Supplies with AVR, or Automatic Voltage Regulation. Each of the three units has a similar feature set, and they differ only in the amount of backup time offered by their built-in batteries.  We've been working with Ultra's 2000VA, 1500VA, and 1025VA Power Protection Units for a couple of weeks now, and have our thoughts regarding the units detailed on the pages ahead. First up, we have their specifications and bundles...

Ultra Backup Systems (UPS) with AVR
Swank Power Protection
General Model 2000VA, 1500VA, 1025VA
Watts 1200, 900, 615
Backup Time About 60 - 90 Minutes
Net Weight Kg (lbs) 14.5 (31.93)
Shipping Weight Kg (lbs) 15.9 (35.02)
Digital Display Yes
Output Voltage (on battery) Simulated sine wave at 100V / 110V / 115V / 120V or 220V / 230V / 240V +/-
5%
Frequency (on battery) 50 or 60 Hz +/-1Hz
Voltage Regulation( AVR) AVR automatically increase output voltage 15% above input voltage if -9%
to -25% of nominal.
AVR decrease output voltage 13% below input voltage if +9% to +25% of
nominal
Transfer Time 2 / 4 milliseconds, including detection time
Input Voltage 100V / 110V / 115V / 120V or 220V / 230V / 240V +/- 25% at line input
Frequency 50 or 60 Hz +/- 10% (auto sensing)
Protection & Filtering Spike Protection 2100 Joules
Unit Input Breaker or fuse for overload & short circuit protection
Overload Protection UPS automatic power off if overload exceeds 110% of nominal at 60
seconds and 130% at 3 seconds
Telephone Protection RJ-11 (1 in 2 out* or 1 in 1 out) compatible jacks for telephone surge
protection.
Ethernet Protection RJ-45 compatible jacks for Ethernet network surge protection
Coaxial Protection F1 terminal for cable TV/modem surge protection
Short Circuit UPS output cut off immediately or input fuse protection
Battery Type Sealed, maintenance-free lead acid
Typical Recharge Time 6 hours (to 90% of full capacity)
Protection Auto discharge protection
Interface Dimension WxDxH (mm) 130 x 382 x 192 (5.1" x 15.0" x 7.6")
Input Inlet IEC 320 power inlet
Receptacles NEMA 5-15R (UPS outlets x 4 , Convenience outlets x 2 )
IEC 320 female appliance coupler
(UPS outlets 4 , Convenience outlets x 1 )
USB / RS-232 Detect battery low, Schedule UPS on/off, AC input/output power status
display
Alarm Battery Back-up Slow beeping sound (about 0.47 Hz)
Battery Low Rapid beeping sound (about 1.824 Hz)
Overload Continuously beeping sound
Environment Ambient Operation 3,500 meters max, elevation. 0-95% humidity non-condensing, 0-40 deg
Audible Noise <40dBA (1 meter from surface)
Storage Condition 15,000 meter max. elevation

   

Each of the three Ultra Power Protection Units we tested came with the same set of accessories and software. Included in the boxes along with the units themselves were hefty power cords (not pictured), USB connector cables, and a piece of telephone wire. Because the units can protect Ethernet or phone circuits from surges through their RJ11/RJ45 jacks, Ultra throws in the phone cable, but we would have preferred an Ethernet cable in its place. In addition the aforementioned items, Ultra also supplies a basic user's manual with the units and a copy of their UPS MON software.  UPS MON interfaces with the units though the USB cable to monitor the state of the UPSes. More on the software a little later.

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