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Laser Printer on APC UPS

Posted on 2014-01-20
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Hi Guys,

I know that one is not supposed to run a laser printer off any UPS, but we have a request to do just this.

We have a Canon laser fax L380, according to the spec sheet it draws max Approx. 530W.

The APC UPS 1500VA, spec sheet mentions output power of 980W
Output Power Capacity:  980 Watts / 1500 VA

If we only go by the wattage, the APC UPS is supposed to support the laser-fax.

Or is there some other details that I need to be aware off?  
I don't want to damage the UPS.

Anyone who perhaps ran a laser-printer off a 1500VA UPS?
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Question by:Rupert Eghardt
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Hi we have used them for a number of years in multiple locations and we havent had an issue.
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It works just fine, we use hp color laserjet cp4525 with APC ups.
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thanks Guys :-)

We connected the laser-fax to the APC UPS, fortunately nothing blew up!!!

It uses 2 / 5 lights on the load (max).
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youll find that the UPS dies before the printer
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"... Or is there some other details that I need to be aware off?  " ==>  A laser has a significant surge current when it initially powers up the laser ... typically close to double the normal draw, although more modern printers have notably reduced that from the lasers of a decade ago [which is likely why the manufacturers don't even list this anymore ... it used to be listed in the specs].

But as already noted, you'll be just fine with a UPS that's rated well above the laser's stated current requirement.
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