Inverter / UPS suggestion for Home Computer

Inverter / UPS suggestion for Home Computer

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I want to buy a backup solution for my computer so please help me make a good decision.

AMD FX 6300
22 Inch monitor
1 GB Graphics card
2 Hard drives
16 GB RAM

I have APC 600 VA UPS but it trip and restart & only gives 2-3 minutes backup.

Have unused inverter (battery dead, if buying a small battery and attaching APC 600 VA UPS to it can help then also please suggest)

Thanks in advance.

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Yes you can change the battery and it will be good to go.
Open the ups check the battery type and replace it with a new one.
Last time when I changed my frontech ups battery it cost ₹400 with old battery exchanged.

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@Nomad Sorry for the confusion, I am talking about adding new battery to the regular inverter. I.e. 50 Ah car battery or similar then connect 600 VA to the output?

Is it possible to add 1000 VA battery in 600 VA UPS?

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smartnsh wrote:

@Nomad Sorry for the confusion, I am talking about adding new battery to the regular inverter. I.e. 50 Ah car battery or similar then connect 600 VA to the output?

Is it possible to add 1000 VA battery in 600 VA UPS?

Please don’t try adding car battery to a computer ups because computer ups’s capacitor is designed to bear load of 12v battery if you add a bigger battery it might fry the capacitor.

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I have Microtek Inverter -- Is it possible to connect a small battery only for computer USE?

Then Connect APC 600 VC UPS to the computer?

Or buy a high capacity UPS?

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smartnsh wrote:

I have APC 600 VA UPS but it trip and restart & only gives 2-3 minutes backup.

Have unused inverter (battery dead, if buying a small battery and attaching APC 600 VA UPS to it can help then also please suggest)

Thanks in advance.

Disclaimer: since my first ever UPS too was an APC unit, i miggt have a soft corner for them.

Did you have it checked by some sincere, experienced technician? as to why it trips.
or take it to the bettwr of the Authorised Service Centres in your area, to see if things can be repaired with too much funds flow?

of what i too recollect, 20-25 minutes is all we too got as our first APC hot old.

If you have a laser printer or other such heavy devices then it may be ticklish
but otherwise do check if you can take a small Su-kam or V-guatd type specialised in invertors/protectors brand
and install some of tge appliances on that grid.
Using a UPS might cocoon the PC, but a home invertor isn’t a wasteful expense/investment either.
(Home invertors are getting better in providing/seitching to stable output and PCs now come with good SMPS anyway).

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smartnsh wrote:

I have Microtek Inverter -- Is it possible to connect a small battery only for computer USE?

Then Connect APC 600 VC UPS to the computer?

Or buy a high capacity UPS?

Here are some Do and Dont’s

Do not use automotive batteries with home inverter.
Reason: Automotive batteries are designed to provide a very large amount of current for a very short period of time and at the same time quickly get charged. While inverter batteries are designed to provide a small amount of current consistently for longer durations of time.
The design itself is different.

I believe you can use your inverter as UPS for your computer. Most inverters can do that. You don’t need to connect another UPS in between. You should be able to get a low capacity rated battery for your inverter. If you feel the resulting back up time is more for your computer, you may extend the inverter wiring to some of the lighting/fan in your place

High capacity UPS will usually burn your pockets which may not give huge difference in backup time. Factually, UPS design as such is not that efficient. Even if it is efficient, it is difficult to pack a high rated battery in a small compact size.
Philosophy here is people don’t like huge UPS in their home, they want it compact/cute. But the back up time is directly proportional to battery capacity, and battery capacity is proportional to size of the battery.

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Nomad wrote:

Yes you can change the battery and it will be good to go.
Open the ups check the battery type and replace it with a new one.
Last time when I changed my frontech ups battery it cost ₹400 with old battery exchanged.

I also changed my battery of ups its very simple and easy procedure also very cheap.

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Nomad wrote:

Yes you can change the battery and it will be good to go.
Open the ups check the battery type and replace it with a new one.
Last time when I changed my frontech ups battery it cost ₹400 with old battery exchanged.

How much is the back up time you observed?

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andromeda wrote:

Here are some Do and Dont’s

Do not use automotive batteries with home inverter.
Reason: Automotive batteries are designed to provide a very large amount of current for a very short period of time and at the same time quickly get charged. While inverter batteries are designed to provide a small amount of current consistently for longer durations of time.
The design itself is different.

I believe you can use your inverter as UPS for your computer. Most inverters can do that. You don’t need to connect another UPS in between. You should be able to get a low capacity rated battery for your inverter. If you feel the resulting back up time is more for your computer, you may extend the inverter wiring to some of the lighting/fan in your place

High capacity UPS will usually burn your pockets which may not give huge difference in backup time. Factually, UPS design as such is not that efficient. Even if it is efficient, it is difficult to pack a high rated battery in a small compact size.
Philosophy here is people don’t like huge UPS in their home, they want it compact/cute. But the back up time is directly proportional to battery capacity, and battery capacity is proportional to size of the battery.

Thanks a lot, I don’t care about the size, I just want to get 1 hour backup time or more.

Please suggest a battery for the inverter. Budget is not much and I only want to use it for computer, modem and router (no printer)

TIA

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smartnsh wrote:

Thanks a lot, I don’t care about the size, I just want to get 1 hour backup time or more.

Please suggest a battery for the inverter. Budget is not much and I only want to use it for computer, modem and router (no printer)

TIA

Before deciding on that, I would suggest you to give it a check with your existing inverter. Borrow a inverter/car battery from your circle and test it using your inverter if it is working as UPS. Test it couple of times as per your requirement, that way you can be sure that it is working as UPS. This testing will hardly take couple of minutes, which should be acceptable to use automotive battery on inverter

Coming to the backup time, I’m not sure of the power consumption of your setup. Also bare minimum, you will find batteries for inverter starting from 80 or 1000Ah from trusted brands, which should give you decent power back up.

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smartnsh wrote:

Thanks a lot, I don’t care about the size, I just want to get 1 hour backup time or more.

Please suggest a battery for the inverter. Budget is not much and I only want to use it for computer, modem and router (no printer)

TIA

If you want 1 hour backup time then you will have to go for home pure sine wave inverter setup. UPS at best can give you 20-30 min of backup(FX6300 is not that power efficient too) that too assuming you are using it at very light load(aka processor usage in task manager is below 10-15%).

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