I was expecting to find something in the 'manual' (which is really only two pages) or the setup guide but I didn't find anything regarding orientation. I would suggest contacting the manufacturer...while it might work fine if not vertical, I'd really go with whatever the manufacturer says. A UPS is a sort of insurance for electronics, so why mess with operating it in a way you're not sure it's supposed to be operated?
I was equally surprised (I checked before posting), because I could've sworn I read about it in there. It's possible that I'm remembering the manual from one of my previous UPS models. Now I feel old.
just brew it! wrote:
The batteries are sealed, so the main concern is probably cooling. Many UPSes are designed to be convection cooled, so laying it on its side may block vents and/or alter the airflow enough to cause internal components to overheat. If it has an internal fan laying it down is probably OK provided you don't block any vents.
Edit: The positioning of the vents on that unit leads me to believe that they are relying on convection to draw air in the lower vent in the side and exhaust through the upper one. I would be leery of running it on its side.
There is indeed a fan somewhere inside, but it only runs when the unit is, or has recently been on battery power. So I'm sure you're correct that it is relying on convection the rest of the time. I'm hesitant, and agree with yours and MadMan's sentiments. This unit wasn't terribly cheap, so I wouldn't want to do anything to shorten its lifespan.
just brew it! wrote:
Edit 2: Nice looking UPS. I have an older APC I've been wanting to replace, and was considering a sinewave model since more PSUs have active PFC these days. Have you been happy with this one so far?
I've had it a little over 2 years now, and I have zero complaints. Of course, I've also been fortunate to not have many power issues during that time period, so it hasn't been in my thoughts very much. I bought the sinewave unit because of the possible benefits to newer PSUs, and also because I sometimes mess around with audio recording equipment. I also like the fact that Cyberpower appears to use mostly standard size replacement batteries (though sometimes piggybacked in a non-standard way), while APC uses proprietary batteries which often command a premium and stand the risk of being discontinued.
As far as the reason behind my question, I'm trying to create a pseudo-enclosure for my case and UPS using a modified bookshelf, and I want the total height to match my new desk (30"). My case is 17.25", the UPS is 10.5", and I need a top, bottom, and separator panel at roughly 0.5" each. That doesn't leave me much margin for error, and my carpentry skills are pretty poor. Being able to lay the UPS on its side would make my life alot easier, but I think I've soured on the idea.