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Do I need to turn OFF the UPS after I shut down the computer

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Do I need to turn OFF the UPS after I shut down the computer

This was originally posted on APC forums on 11/16/2011


Hi,

I just got my Smart-UPS, Model: SMT750I, and have connected my computer and monitor on it. Now I have a very simple question:

Do i need to turn OFF the UPS, after I shut down my computer or not?

If yes, how? Via power button on the UPS...? Or do i need some software for computer? And how do I connect my PC and UPS: via USB, or UPS Monitoring port?

Thank you in advance


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Re: Do I need to turn OFF the UPS after I shut down the computer

This reply was originally posted by Angela on APC forums on 1/6/2014


I agree it is not a bad idea during storms or similar..

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Re: Do I need to turn OFF the UPS after I shut down the computer

This reply was originally posted by Jonathan on APC forums on 11/16/2011


Hi Dario,

The answer to your question would depend on certain conditions. If you have just turned off your PC because you are done with your work and there is no power problem you can turn the UPS via the power button. As long as there is input power coming in to your UPS, it will charge the battery.

With regards to connecting your UPS to your computer for monitoring purposes you can connect both the USB or Serial/UPS Monitoring Port can do the job. You can also purchase a network management card if you do need to have network manageability of the UPS.

See Answer In Context

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Re: Do I need to turn OFF the UPS after I shut down the computer

This reply was originally posted by Angela on APC forums on 11/16/2011


i would say it is not a requirement to turn the UPS off every single time you turn your computer off. the UPS is designed to be left on all of the time and I don't see a benefit to turn it off each day. also, every time you turn the UPS on, it will do a UPS self test and if done too often, this will drain the battery a tiny bit unnecessarily. if you do this a few times a day for a year, then it adds up.

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Re: Do I need to turn OFF the UPS after I shut down the computer

This was originally posted on APC forums on 11/22/2011


I agree.

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Re: Do I need to turn OFF the UPS after I shut down the computer

This was originally posted on APC forums on 3/30/2012


I just dug up this thread while researching this issue. I have back ups es 500. I was wondering if it would be better for me to press the APC power button after done using. Typically 1-3 times daily. Hooked up to my battery back up APC ports is my plasma TV, ps3 and PC. None of these device require constant power when not in use. How much electricity is being used/saved when power button on APC is turned off. Is the APC really charging at the same rate whether or not the power button on APC is pressed? I don't know if it matters but I never bothered networking my APC or installing software.

Message was edited by: leif2

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Re: Do I need to turn OFF the UPS after I shut down the computer

This was originally posted on APC forums on 5/31/2019


Just want to get clarification, which is the best practice for the UPS after computer is shut down?

1) Turn off the UPS but let the UPS still plugged to main outlet (keep charging the battery)

2) Turn off the UPS and also disconnect it from main outlet (the battery would discharge slowly in this state)

3) Let the UPS keep turned on.

I have tried the 1st one, the UPS will keep getting warm while it's turned off. Would this affect longevity of the components inside?

For the 3rd one, if I'm not in home and there is blackout, the UPS will turn into battery mode and the battery will keep discharging until it's run out. If it often happens, would this reduce the battery life greatly compared to 2nd method ?

UPDATE:

it's been answered here, the first method is the best one.

 

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BillP
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Re: Do I need to turn OFF the UPS after I shut down the computer

This reply was originally posted by Angela on APC forums on 1/6/2014


I agree it is not a bad idea during storms or similar..

Dariok_apc
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Do I need to turn OFF the UPS after I shut down the computer

This was originally posted on APC forums on 11/16/2011


Hi,

I just got my Smart-UPS, Model: SMT750I, and have connected my computer and monitor on it. Now I have a very simple question:

Do i need to turn OFF the UPS, after I shut down my computer or not?

If yes, how? Via power button on the UPS...? Or do i need some software for computer? And how do I connect my PC and UPS: via USB, or UPS Monitoring port?

Thank you in advance

BillP
Administrator Administrator
Administrator
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7629

Re: Do I need to turn OFF the UPS after I shut down the computer

This reply was originally posted by Jonathan on APC forums on 11/16/2011


Hi Dario,

The answer to your question would depend on certain conditions. If you have just turned off your PC because you are done with your work and there is no power problem you can turn the UPS via the power button. As long as there is input power coming in to your UPS, it will charge the battery.

With regards to connecting your UPS to your computer for monitoring purposes you can connect both the USB or Serial/UPS Monitoring Port can do the job. You can also purchase a network management card if you do need to have network manageability of the UPS.

BillP
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Administrator
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Re: Do I need to turn OFF the UPS after I shut down the computer

This reply was originally posted by Angela on APC forums on 11/16/2011


i would say it is not a requirement to turn the UPS off every single time you turn your computer off. the UPS is designed to be left on all of the time and I don't see a benefit to turn it off each day. also, every time you turn the UPS on, it will do a UPS self test and if done too often, this will drain the battery a tiny bit unnecessarily. if you do this a few times a day for a year, then it adds up.

SuperTECH_apc
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Re: Do I need to turn OFF the UPS after I shut down the computer

This was originally posted on APC forums on 11/22/2011


I agree.

leif2_apc
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Re: Do I need to turn OFF the UPS after I shut down the computer

This was originally posted on APC forums on 3/30/2012


I just dug up this thread while researching this issue. I have back ups es 500. I was wondering if it would be better for me to press the APC power button after done using. Typically 1-3 times daily. Hooked up to my battery back up APC ports is my plasma TV, ps3 and PC. None of these device require constant power when not in use. How much electricity is being used/saved when power button on APC is turned off. Is the APC really charging at the same rate whether or not the power button on APC is pressed? I don't know if it matters but I never bothered networking my APC or installing software.

Message was edited by: leif2

BillP
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Re: Do I need to turn OFF the UPS after I shut down the computer

This reply was originally posted by Angela on APC forums on 4/2/2012


no, honestly a UPS is intended to be on all the time by design. i see no benefit of turning it on or off daily. just turn it on and leave it on.

andreiguird_apc
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Re: Do I need to turn OFF the UPS after I shut down the computer

This was originally posted on APC forums on 5/31/2019


Just want to get clarification, which is the best practice for the UPS after computer is shut down?

1) Turn off the UPS but let the UPS still plugged to main outlet (keep charging the battery)

2) Turn off the UPS and also disconnect it from main outlet (the battery would discharge slowly in this state)

3) Let the UPS keep turned on.

I have tried the 1st one, the UPS will keep getting warm while it's turned off. Would this affect longevity of the components inside?

For the 3rd one, if I'm not in home and there is blackout, the UPS will turn into battery mode and the battery will keep discharging until it's run out. If it often happens, would this reduce the battery life greatly compared to 2nd method ?

UPDATE:

it's been answered here, the first method is the best one.