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A UPS for my new iMac 21.5"

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ronenhaim Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Feb 15, 2013 10:12 PM

I've ordered a new iMac 21.5" with Fusion Drive HD.

Can someone advise me what is the proper UPS to buy for my new iMac please ?

It's important to have some kind of software ?

Thanks

Ronen

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion, 10.8.2
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,535 points)
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    Feb 15, 2013 10:30 PM (in response to ronenhaim)

    There are hundreds available so no specific one is right. No software is necessary, just get one that has a USB connection so you can set the Energy Saver preferences for the UPS.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)
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    Feb 15, 2013 10:37 PM (in response to ronenhaim)

    APC makes quality UPSs with an equipment protection guarantee. You need no additional software. Plug it in and it works.

  • killhippie Level 3 Level 3 (580 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 2:31 AM (in response to ronenhaim)

    Try to get one that outputs a pure sinewave rather than stepped, some power supplies dont like the stepped variety. I use a APC Smart UPS 1500 that has my external drive, iMac, router, printer speaker system with amplifier (for iMac) and desk top light all plugged into it and its one of my best investments for protecting my iMac from brownouts and power failures.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 2:46 AM (in response to ronenhaim)

    Buy the biggest, longest run time, from a known Good Manufacturer that you can afford.

     

    As you can use it for other things, peripherals DSL/Cable modems, router, external HDD and other devices, along with giving you more time to shut down, close opened files and programs, before the battery power runs out.

  • killhippie Level 3 Level 3 (580 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 3:01 AM (in response to ronenhaim)

    I think the APC ones are USB 2, but be aware if you plug a USB 2 into a USB 3 port of the new iMacs it will set that port at USB 2 speeds the first time you use it.

     

    Only you can work out what size UPS you need, a 21.5 inch iMac does not use much power, but its what else you connect. APC have a great helpline so give them a call. I went for the biggest I could afford for long term expandability, only you can decide what you need hence shootist007 saying get the biggest.  When the power goes off I can browse, print, listen to music for a good long while when everyone else is in darkness, also as has been stated you need one that alllows you to shutdown in good time too.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 3:17 AM (in response to ronenhaim)

    The Mac need a Battery Backup for full protection. Personally I Never connect a UPS to the computer by USB connection as when I am away from my computers they are turned off so if the power goes out while I am out of the house I don't care. what I want and need is if I am using the computer and the power goes out I want Time to Finish what I am working on, Save that, Close the program/s and Shut the system down properly. If I'm sitting at the computer when this happens I certainly do not need the USB system making those decissions for me or Popping up some warning getting in my way.

     

    YMMV if you are the type to never shuts the system down and just put it to sleep for months on end.

    ronenhaim wrote:

     

    Thank for all replies !

     

    Is there a USB specifications that need to "match " the iMac specifications ?

     

     

    I don't know what the iMac need to be full protect ...there are lots of numbers to check ...

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 3:30 AM (in response to ronenhaim)

    Right there is No Facts supporting either Sleep or shutting down has any effect on hardware or software longevity.

    As to Best, like you said that is your Opinion and mine is completely 100% the other way.

     

    To each their own.

     

     

    ronenhaim wrote:

     

    Thanks

     

    I never shuts the system down, I learned that Sleep Mode is best for my iMac ...

    But that's only my opinion ...

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Feb 27, 2013 10:11 AM (in response to ronenhaim)

    Why do you think APC UPS's are compatible with Mac computers?

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Feb 27, 2013 10:45 AM (in response to ronenhaim)

    Well all of that is for the software that can control the Shutdown of the computer when there is a power failure. That software might also have other features for monitoring the UPS itself. But that does not mean an APC UPS won't work with a Mac computer. It would still supply power to the computer when there was a power outage but it would be up to you to shutdown in a timely manner as not to run out of battery backup power.

     

    If APC doesn't have software for Mt Lion I doubt you will find any other UPS manufacturer that does supplies software specifically for OS X Mt Lion. It's just to small of a Market Share for them to bother. Maybe for their LARGE UPSs for server environments, as stated, but not for personal Mac computers.

     

    Good Luck in your search & Best Wishes.

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