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Looking for 1500VA Active PFC UPS

Discussion in General Questions & Suggestions started by Chris , 6/6/2017 11:26 PM
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  • Chris_R
    Chris
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    Chris 6/6/2017 11:26 PM

    Hey everyone! I'm looking for an APC Active PFC Pure Sine wave 1500VA ~900W unit. The way APC has their product line setup it is a bit difficult to figure out which ones have active PFC and which ones don't

    Can someone provide a list of units?

    Thanks

    Chris

  • voidstar
    voidstar
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    voidstar 6/7/2017 2:21 AM (in response to Chris)

    Are you asking for:

    - a UPS that has a PFC? As far as I know, they all do.

    - a UPS that is compatible with a PFC? They're all designed to be compatible but you're right that a pure-sine wave output improves the likelihood.

    You mentioned you're looking for 1500VA. There are two separate ratings: watts and VA -- your equipment should not exceed either. So make sure the UPS you choose provides enough watts for your equipment. The VA rating only becomes an issue for non-PFC equipment.

    All SmartUPSes except SmartUPS SC are pure sine wave. They also have shorter transfer times than the BackUPS which improves PFC compatibility. For example:

    SMT1500 - 1000W - The usual choice

    SMX1500 - 1200W - Can have external batteries for more runtime

    SMC1500 - 900W - Cheaper

  • Chris_R
    Chris
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    Chris 6/7/2017 2:26 PM (in response to voidstar)
    On 6/6/2017 9:21 PM, voidstar said:

    Are you asking for:

    - a UPS that has a PFC? As far as I know, they all do.

    - a UPS that is compatible with a PFC? They're all designed to be compatible but you're right that a pure-sine wave output improves the likelihood.

    You mentioned you're looking for 1500VA. There are two separate ratings: watts and VA -- your equipment should not exceed either. So make sure the UPS you choose provides enough watts for your equipment. The VA rating only becomes an issue for non-PFC equipment.

    All SmartUPSes except SmartUPS SC are pure sine wave. They also have shorter transfer times than the BackUPS which improves PFC compatibility. For example:

    SMT1500 - 1000W - The usual choice

    SMX1500 - 1200W - Can have external batteries for more runtime

    SMC1500 - 900W - Cheaper

    Thank You Much! I'll take a look at those units!laughing

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