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Is PowerChute worth installing?


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I had to replace one of the UPS's I have on one of my desktop PCs. It is the lowest end APC that I could buy at Sam's Club. I've got it connected to the PC using the USB cable that came with it. That is enough, I believe, to let Windows 10 know what the UPS is doing.

 

APC has their own software for monitoring the UPS. Its called PowerChute. Is it worth using or not?

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Good question. Powerchute is designed to gracefully shutdown a system per your settings when a power outage is sensed. I think Windows just views it as a battery like a laptop or a tablet. I have not looked at the Win 10 power settings to see if there are any rules about shut down if x% battery is left.

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Hi schoondoggy, thanks for your response. I just got into Windows 10 battery saver settings and it does say something about going into battery saver mode if Windows detects it going below such-and-such a setting. Would that be enough?

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Perhaps Powerchute has evolved but I typically connected the UPS via USB and strictly used the Windows battery power settings for critical battery to shutdown gracefully.

 

 

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some such ups software has added abilities beyond triggering the shutdown like logging of power hits, noting the age of the battery, allowing a manual self-test etc.

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That is good to know, nrf. Back when I was I guess you'd call it an "accidental system admin", I remember having some Windows servers with some sophisticated UPS's that we'd purchased. Their software had the ability to test humidity and temperature in the server room. Honestly, that was nice. I don't know if PowerChute has that kind of functionality or not, but perhaps its got a few bells and whistles.

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Perhaps Powerchute has evolved but I typically connected the UPS via USB and strictly used the Windows battery power settings for critical battery to shutdown gracefully.

 

 

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In power settings, I see where you can set when to go to sleep when on battery, but I don't see any option for shutdown. Can you post a screen shot?

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Using PowerChute Personal on the family PC at home.

 

It shows you a tad bit more information like line voltage, battery charge %, load utilization, historical info about when the last brownout and blackout occurred, some information about your PC's carbon footprint, ability to reset the date when the battery was replaced, initiate a self-test, among others..... Pretty much all the information any geek needs to know.

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