OfficeMax has the APC Back-UPS NS 1080VA Uninterruptible Power Supply (BN1080G) for $130 - 20% off with coupon code SURGE20 = $104. Add two to cart to reach $260 - 20% off with SURGE20 - $50 off with stackable code 50SAVE ($200 coupon minimum) = $158 with free shipping.
Retail: $300

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    steve.noh.7165 Ben's cred: 4
    Posted 6:08 pm PST 11/14/13

    The only UPS I use is for shipping.

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    supacheep Ben's cred: 102
    Posted 6:17 pm PST 11/14/13

    Good enough for most purposes, don't pitch it when the battery is done, they have a "TradeUPS" program that will give you a few bucks off your next UPS for your dead one.

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    lfegerber Ben's cred: 6
    Posted 6:21 pm PST 11/14/13

    on it

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3827
    Posted 6:21 pm PST 11/14/13

    When the battery is dead reuse the harness connector and buy a couple new batteries. That's usually significantly cheaper than another UPS, especially if it uses a standard size like 2 pcs. x 12V, 7 to 8AH or 10 to 12AH, or you could even make a super long running UPS by wiring it to two external ~ $30 lawn mower or wheelchair batteries.

    HOWEVER if they are not SLA, SEALED lead acid, then for long term use they (the typical lawn or wheelchair battery I mean, not the typical 7 to 12AH packs) should not be left charging without a little ventilation as storage in a airflow constrained area can create an eventual buildup of hydrogen gas. It's more of a theoretical problem than a real one in most situations.

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    thepod Ben's cred: 132
    Posted 6:50 pm PST 11/14/13

    #2 why would someone do that? When the battery dies, just put a new one in, $20 (or less) and easy.

    Also, this is quite a good deal.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3827
    Posted 6:59 pm PST 11/14/13

    ^ Their ~ 550VA (or are they up to 600VA rating now, lol) use a single 12V, 7 to 8AH cell that you can get for about $20. This one uses a pair of them, connected together by a center piece with the wiring and connector that will need to be reused, so total cost should be about $40, maybe a couple bucks more if a crimp connector or two needs replaced during the reconnection.

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    wakemaker Ben's cred: 8
    Posted 10:57 pm PST 11/14/13

    Replace batts. Several sources. eBay or web. Jacksonville.

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    rocketchaser Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 6:19 am PST 11/15/13

    Thanks for the info supacheep.

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    ld25 Ben's cred: 6
    Posted 7:13 am PST 11/15/13

    Always use a UPS over the years for my router and modems.....keeps power during glitches and quick outages.

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    kaorder1 Ben's cred: 36
    Posted 8:33 am PST 11/15/13

    always route my pc/tv/PS3/Xbox thru the UPS. Just a smart idea. It's worth the money to have your tech protected.

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    himuken Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 11:30 am PST 11/15/13

    I've used the BR1500 1500VA version from APC and it been great w/ no problems so far protecting my modem and router from shorting and continually running when the power goes off!

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    sac2dude Ben's cred: 11
    Posted 12:01 pm PST 11/15/13

    First, this is a must have item. Second, replacing the batteries is cake, and as others have already said you can find batteries from eBay to BatteriesPlus.

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    hungn Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 1:08 pm PST 11/15/13

    needed a new UPS. Thanks!

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    wes88888 Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 8:28 pm PST 11/20/13

    great item but sold out

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