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I was wondering, are there internal UPS'es available for desktop computers?

Every laptop has something like a UPS in it: The battery pack. Desktop computers don't consume that much power, it should be possible to integrate a battery pack, that is able to fully supply the computer for say 20min. The idea is to have the battery pack behind the PSU, so it would power the mainboard and drives directly, and not through the PSU, as conventional UPS'es do.

To put it simply: Port the convenience of laptop computers to their desktop counterparts. Since there won't be too many users using their desktop computers from the battery alone, this would only serve as UPS, and let the computer running for no more than 20min or so, just enough to skip small outages without shutting down, or safely shut down the computer after a certain amount of time.

I don't believe I'm the first ever person to state that idea. Is something like this available? And if yes: Where? Conventional UPS'es would be then sufficient to power the monitor and other periphery, like network switches, etc.

As a side note: I've seen a lot of people putting much effort in securing their servers with UPS packs, but not powering the network parts with a UPS. They've lost all connectivity to the servers on an outage, the servers just went powerless once the batteries died.

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Read an interesting article on a similar topic - will try to find link again. Evidently google use standard batteries connected to the motherboard for each of their servers as a cheap, scaleable alternative. –  James May 20 '11 at 7:33
    
"and let the computer running for no more than 20min" I've got an APC CS 500. I would say two minutes is more realistic (2,5 kg lead/acid battery) apc.com/products/resource/include/… –  Aki May 20 '11 at 9:19
    
@Aki: Well, your APC powers the PSU of your computer. A Laptop battery pack powers the PC and the Monitor for several hours. –  polemon May 31 '11 at 7:41
    
I wondered about this today as well. I wonder if the internal ones just aren't cost effective nowadays since companies are manufacturing PCs that they want to run anywhere on earth regardless of power standards? Thus without the OEM demand they eventually fall out of the consumer market all together. –  ioSamurai Jan 29 '13 at 15:59
    
@ioSamurai It seemes just reasonable to me, as most large laptop batteries don't last much longer than two hours or so. Essentially, that's an internal UPS. I don't see, why something like that shouldn't be available for desktop computers... –  polemon Jan 29 '13 at 16:56

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There used to be a few 'battery cards' on the market some time (>>5 years) ago that plugged into an ISA slot but I haven't seen sight of anything like that recently, but you can get units that fit into a standard 5.25" drive bay - do a Web search for "PC Internal UPS":

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My company have just designed a ups as you have described it. Our ups sits between the PSU and the motherboard and we have managed to drive an i7 CPU pc with 2 HDD's and monitor for 2 Hours. We have a USB connection to the pc that controls the ups and shows status etc. We can extend the ups up time in increments of 2hours in addition to the internal battery in the 5.25" ups.

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How do you send power to the monitor? Do you have a power cable going to the monitor from within the PC tower? –  polemon Jul 16 '13 at 19:29

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