Do you use a battery backup/ups?

I picked up this APC 450 battery backup from Costco last night for $36…I don’t recall ever seeing them that cheap. The box suggests up to 28 mins of backup power…the webpage linked has it somewhat lower depending on load.

APC 450 Battery Backup

Recently we had a power outage. I have a NAS, wireless router and cable modem that could have benefited from this if for nothing else to allow me to shut them down properly from my laptop (which of course has it’s own battery backup so to speak) during the outage.

This is by no means a high end, enterprise product, but neither is my home setup. At this price point, it seemed like a good investment in protecting those devices.


  1. Dave says:

    Nice.. I think I will pick up one of these babies for my home office.

  2. Kyler says:

    Humm, maybe I’ll get one of these too. We have not lost power during local outages, and I’m not sure if that’s because our block was lucky, or because our building has an awesome backup generator. Either way though, I’ve seen flickers before and while I’m protected from surges, it would be nice to know my iMac won’t go through a hard reboot.

    Humm, our router/modem setup is in another location, perhaps two are needed. :-)

  3. I’ve been wanting a UPS for my ‘basement gear’ (DSL modem, router, switch, server) for a while now. At $36, sounds like I’d be crazy NOT to buy one of these. I’ll have to see if our local Costco has them or not.

    Question – does this thing do any sort of power conditioning? I see it does surge protection, but what about low voltage?

    • John says:

      I don’t think it does conditioning based on some posts on the deals forum that alerted me to the deal in the first place but haven’t looked into it further yet.

  4. VancityAllie says:

    $36?! What an incredible deal. We have some at the office that are thousands of dollars. Never thought I’d be able to get something like this for home, even if it is a short amount of time. Thanks for pointing this out.

  5. Tyler says:

    We have some 550VA ones here at work for our employees’ desks but with a recent power outage people were wondering why they weren’t working and their machines shutoff. I looked around at the UPSes they had and found out they had plugged them into the ‘Surge’ outlets and not the ‘Battery’ outlets. These 550VA ones are for ‘home’ setups and will only last like 7 minutes.

    Also people were plugging EVERYTHING into them. Normally just plug your Monitor, Computer into them so at least you can save/shutdown properly.

    As for our servers (we have like 30) I think when the power goes out (and our diesel generator doesn’t kick in) our UPS will allow the servers to run for over two hours. Those UPSes were HEAVY! lol

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