APC. A brand that a lot of us know and grew up with. APC has been in the power protection game for a long time. Forza, generally the new kid on the block and not everyone will know the name. Here are your contenders for power protection and backup.
Just for our example here this is the approximate wattage that we are working with here so we can all be on the same page.
- Desktop Tower = 200W
- Monitor = 15W
- Basic Speakers = 2W
- TOTAL = 217W
Output Power Capacity
The APC can take a Max of 330W while the Forza 250W. This is where the APC has the advantage. If there was a power outage, the APC UPS will give our example system a longer runtime than the Forza UPS.
Wattage, is what you need to consider when purchasing a UPS. Keep this in mind, if you have a UPS, Max of 250W but you complete setup is 300W, what do you think would happen? The UPS will just cut off offering no protection what so ever.
If you look again at the specs table above on both items, the state their runtimes differently.
- APC: Load: 320W / Time: 3.2 mins
- Forza: *12 mins. (*Calculated with a PC and 15” LCD monitor)
APC gives you the maximum time you will receive when the UPS is at max Load of 320W while Forza give an average time of 12 minutes with what we could only suspect is a very basic computer.
Now if we were to use the configuration that Forza used on APC’s UPS, we will get a longer backup time.
Now, the next time you purchase a UPS you know what to look for. Although there are other factors to consider like the amount of output connectors, size, weight (the more backup time a UPS gives, the larger the battery and the heavier it would be), price etc. but now you have a great starting point.