After years of using desktop UPSes for my server and network gear, I finally bought a rack mount, data centre grade UPS. Over the years, APC was my go-to brand. However, after two of my three UPSes had their batteries die, that all changed especially after buying new batteries – even generic replacements – was approaching the cost of a new UPS.

In searching eBay for the replacement batteries I stumbled across a Canadian (useful due to shipping, import duties when buying from the US) that was selling rerfubished Lenovo RT1.5kVA UPSes with new batteries.

The RT1.5kVA also includes an SNMP network card so I no longer have to use USB connections and can easily have other devices like my pfSense firewall, Proxmox host and two Synology NASes “share” the UPS and not have to rely on some other device.

I now have just under 30 minutes runtime.

The last, just under 3-year-old APC UPS will now be reused for my ISP’s router and ONT. With 1500 watts available that is 5x more than the old 300 watt UPS that is getting rather old and probably needs a new battery, too.

About Mike Pelley

Let’s see… A little about me… I’ve been around information technology since 1983 with computers such as DEC Rainbows (weird machine – the standard DOS couldn’t format its own floppy disks – remember them? – and I had to format them on a friend’s IBM PC) to Radio Shack TRS-80 to Apple ][e and Apple //c in the beginning. I have programmed in 8-bit assembly language on 6502, FORTRAN and COBOL on IBM System/370 (and I still hate JCL), VAX BASIC and COBOL (and a weird and massive WordPerfect 4.0 macro) on DEC VMS (Alpha), C/C++ on Digital Unix (ALPHA), and C/C++, Perl (it may be powerful but I still hate it), PHP on Linux (Red Hat, Centos, Ubuntu, etc.). I have work with databases such as Digital RDB (later to become Oracle RDB), Oracle DBMS, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL on VAX, Alpha, Sun and Intel. Check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn. See I still think that Digital created some of the best ideas in the world: VAX clustering, DSSI disks (forerunner to SCSI) and the Alpha processor (first commercial 64-bit processor – Red Hat screamed on an Alpha!). DEC just could not seem to be able to give air conditioners away to someone lost in the Sahara Desert! VMware is one of the best ways to get the most out of an x64 server. And I have tried Oracle VM, Virtual Box and Microsoft Virtual Server. Outside of that I am a huge military history buff starting in the early 20th century. I love Ford Mustangs (my ’87 Mustang GT was awesome) and if I had the money I would have a Porsche 928S4. If I had a lot of money I would have a Porsche 911 Turbo. I also play too much AmrA 3 Exile mod. Over 5,000+ hours... I have a wonderful son, Cameron. I have a long suffering (Do you really need all that computer junk?) wife, Paula. I live in Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador.
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