December 28, 2014

Whats behind that exericycle , file box, and something.... ATTIC COLLECTION

Introducing our Attic Collection... Here we feature the oldest ups in inventory at a great discount.... Old sweater, not included.

The first item Eaton 5130 3000va 120v (p5313v).  

This 3u came in years ago when the 5130 first came out.  It was never used... But it had lost its faceplate.  We never got another one in.

Instead of its $559 price, we are offering it for 199$ NO BATTERY FACEPLATE....
Only available if you call or email us

December 22, 2014

Its snowing 1500s....

Wow, after getting nearly 70 Apc Sua1500rm2u in in November we did our big sale.   We sold nearly 45 in a few weeks.

Now we just got another 70 pieces.  With nearly 100 pieces available we continue our sale.   Never have we had so many.   Last year at this time we were scrounging for units..  selling them for $349 with a wait list.
Now they are $275 plus shipping
or InstaBuy them in Network Ready, Reseller Ready or BlackLabel with included shipping like in our November Sale.

Holiday Surges

Its Xmas time here at greenlightups, and we have seen lots of surges.

The first type of surge is Bad.... As we have reports from 2 clients that they have lost equipment because of electrical transient Surges this week.   While we sell UPSes, we also sell and install surge protection.  We have models from $99.  Don't wait until it's too late.

Surge 2 is the rush of holiday orders we are getting.  We did not expect so many people would want lumps of lead in their stockings.  We will be working like Santa'S elves to meet this surge.

Surge 3 is the increasing need for units to have peak capacity to power printers or equipment.  We call this a peak or surge rating.  If you have a piece of equipment that has a motor... Call us a free sizing. Don't surge your unit

November 22, 2014

APC Smart UPS Online SRT Released.... the 593g5

APC's long awaited new design for the Online Smart UPS has finally hit the US shores.  After being available in South America and Europe since earlier this year, a few have arrived.

While we dont know all the features, we noticed a few surprises on the 5k 230v version.
The US model will be called SRT5KRMXLT or 593g4 to us

  • First, the LCD is a black, white and red design which looks really sharp.  
  • Second, the SMT's use of banked outlets has been incorporated.
  • Third, the SRT will use 192vDC battery packs which should mean RBC44s will work.  But they are calling them APCRBC140
  • Fourth, the yield / PF has gone up, so you get 85watts per 100va unit of UPS.
  • Fifth, there seems to be a network card built in on the unit.  

This 5kva unit we have isnt ours to sell, but look soon for GreenlightUPS to release a SRT version for sale at our customary 50% off list.

November 18, 2014

I need a 10kva 3phase Unit... why are you giving me a car

Recently a customer called needing a 3phase 10 kva.  He wanted feed a subpanel and was looking for a UPS solution that wouldn't cost $15,000.

While we have 10kva 3phase systems... I asked him Why he needs 3phase?   He told me that the subpanel was 3phase to the IT room and he wanted to power the entire 50-amp panel seamlessly,

I told him Good News!  I have a solution that is under your budget AND it includes a FREE new Car.

Because the solution was just a regular 10 kva unit and a single phase subpanel... I could throw in the new Nissan Versa for $11990 and still be under $15,000.

Remember, only buy a 3phase unit IF YOUR EQUIPMENT IS 3PHASE!   His IT equipment was all single phase servers and didn't need 3phase anywhere.   Just change the subpanel to single phase and our 10 kva unit will power all the loads.

While he passed on the free new car, he did take our Liebert GXT2 10kva with integrated bypass and split phase output.

November 16, 2014

GreenLightUPS Creation Number XXVII

It often begins with a customer request:  Someone wants a outdoor UPS.. the ToughUPS is created, Someone wants a 6kva unit that can roll around... the O Series is born.  Someone wants a thin tower.. the 302bt arrives.

The latest creation from the bowels of the GreenLightUPS lab is the Dell Online Tower.  We took the regular Dell Online UPS 3kva and changed the screen, added tower feet, and installed a twistlock backplate on the UPS.   Now the eO314L is alive and kicking... The first one left last week.. who will be the next owner?

November 13, 2014

FirstLightUPS is set to launch

After taking another UPS to the airport for overnight delivery... it made perfect sense to start advertising this feature.

FirstLightUPS's purpose will be to offer affordable overnight delivery of UPS systems.  FLU will keep a handful of popular models, tested, and prepped ready to go for next day delivery.  But unlike expensive FedEx, FLU will send units for nearly the same price as regular shipping.

Why?  Because, FLU ships to the airport overnight. Then you can pick up the item at the airport or we can arrange a local courier to do that.

Last night I sent a 120 lbs box to JFK for $104.  Standard 4 days shipping was $129.  FedEx Priority would cost $438.  FLU charges a $20 delivery fee to our airport  (its to buy me dinner at an amazing sushi restaurant on the way back from the airport)

So stay tuned to learn how FLU can meet your overnight UPS needs.

November 11, 2014

Why I love a Unit - Part 1

Today a customer called and got me started on the wonders of a Liebert LG694P.

The poor customer had to endure my raconteur about the subtleties of this fine unit.  Suddenly a vision from my 8am college Latin classes working out Ovid flashed into my mind.  I quickly stopped and felt foolish that I was trying to create lyrical poetry of a UPS unit.

However, it got me thinking.. maybe I should share with everyone my opinions on certain units. Often people overlook certain models and miss out on the wonderful value.

So, a new occasional series... Why I love a Unit.

The Liebert GXT26000RT208 is great for several reasons.

Low & High Voltage Outputs  - So many of you are still buying transformers to get your legacy 120volt loads.  Stop that and get this model.  it includes both high voltage and 120volt loads in a tight 4U frame.  You have to buy the very expensive APC SURT P3U series to get this feature.  That model sells (when we have them) for $2300.

Bypass Switch Included - I just sold a $300 bypass switch for a 5 kva unit.  If they had bought this model that bypass switch is included free.

Price -  $1700 is a great price for a 6kva unit with transformer and bypass kit.  The APC SURT version would be  over $2200 and be a clunky 7U.

Subpanel Ready - Want to power a small panel in your server room.  This units is ready for it.  Hardwired ports will connect directly to wiring of your panel.  Simple 1,2,3/

Because of these features, i recommend this unit for any new installation or application.  And now for the for next 30 days, we'll include a FREE Network card with this system if you buy in November 2014.  Buy this unit now

November 4, 2014

10kva Sale Announced- 10% CASH BACK

In most cases, these are the largest single units made.  Many times during the year, we sell out and scrounge to meet demand, but we have gotten another batch in recently.  Buy one today and get a 10% Cash back via Paypal.

The most popular is the APC Smart UPS Online unit.  This 6U/Tower has the power to high draw imaging equipment and printers.

Another option is the Liebert systems.  Often cited as the premier UPS maker, these units are affordability priced.  Plus these give you 120volt power without the need of a transformer.  The 2nd generation GXT2 is the best bargain at $2200.  Its newer cousin is $2800.

Then dont forget our Newy line... We have both the APC and Lieberts new in the box with fresh 2014 genuine batteries.  Hundreds less than Amazon, these are a great buy in stock.

  • APC Online Tower [1096g3]
  • APC Online w/webcard, rails, latest release: [1096g4]
  • APC Online with twin 120v transformers [1096g4k]
  • APC Online with twin isolation transformers [1096g4s]
  • APC Online with 10kva isolation transformer [1096g4f]
  • IBM Online 11kva LCD [ib1195v]
  • Liebert GXT2 Tower/Rack [lg1096]
  • Liebert GXT3 Tower/Rack [lx1096]
  • newy ~ APC Online w/webcard, rails, latest release: [1096g4Q]
  • newy ~ Liebert GXT3 Tower/Rack [lx1096]

How to Buy:  WEB: Its automatic.. just buy from our store by November 15.  PHONE: Call 954-580-4070 and remind us of the cash back promotion.  Cash back is sent to Paypal address of your choosing and are processed ~30 days after the order.  

October 27, 2014

Why are your battery prices so high... compared with other sites?

As I have said before, surprisingly, we really don't sell a lot of batteries for a battery backup company.

If you need replacement batteries or RBC packs, there are lots of good businesses that specialize in that work.  Our friend Anton at ExcessUPS delivers a high quality RBC type product with fast shipping, cute boxes, and good quality control.  We are electricians and our techs are better at unit repair and refurbishment.  We also sell batteries as well, but our standards are a bit different.

If you buy units or batteries from us you will get the highest quality and freshest product.  
because we  don't stock many batteries at all.. We get our batteries from the Southeast regional Powersonic distributor down the street.  When we go, we always pick the freshest batteries.

But Store X has the same Powersonic battery for 1/2 the price...
Here could be some reasons:

  1. In order to get really good prices, you must buy containers of batteries and make annual commitments.  So in many cases, just like car dealers, the actual sale is done for a loss or break even, but you make your "profit" through incentives or increased access to another product.
  2. A vendor is selling off stock from distributors or other vendors.  In that case you may be getting older batteries.  After 6 months the batteries aren't new anymore according to APC.  After a year, they are essentially scrap.  But to a large eCommerce vendor, they expect their customers wont notice or care and can pass the savings on.  

October 17, 2014

A GreenLightning Sale! - SUA1500RM2U - $325 with delivery

Wow.. after searching the globe for them.. we finally unearthed a mother-lode of SUA1500RM2Us.   These units are in great shape and are the first to get the TURK testing machine treatment.. for 100% performance.  from $325 delivered

Here is the exclusive link

October 11, 2014

The Secret Symmetra RM 7800 Model

One reason I love my job is that we are always learning... be it a strange UPS failure, a simple repair trick, an electrical mishap or a quirky UPS spec.

This weekend we got something that combined many of my favorite challenges.

A Symmetra RM unit was powering a lab instrument and during the few seconds of start-up it was going to overload.  It worked fine other than that, but the daily overload alarms were causing concern for our customer.

We checked out and the instrument was peak loading to 26 amps at 208 volt.   The customer dreaded to replace this great unit, but he thought he had no other choice.

Good-News-Bob to the rescue.......!

While 26 amps at 208 volt exceeds the 4200 watt Symmetra, this little guy has an overload cushion built in.   Simply install a 4th power module and the 4200 watt limit is increased by 30%.    While its not permanent, it lasts upto 10 minutes.. more than enough for start-ups.

Bottomline the Symmetra 6000 can become a 7800!

October 9, 2014

PowerTower Systems - Days of runtime with a UPS

Many people are faced with needing a ridiculous amount of runtime and dont have the option for a generator.

People start looking for a UPS that can backup some critical equipment for a day.

With that in mind, we created the PowerTower line of UPS systems.

The PowerTower is a regular UPS with giant battery cabinets attached.  The above installation needed 500watts for 24hours.  

They got it with a APC Smart UPS 2200 plus three (3) Big Momma packs.  This unit had 12 car sized batteries in it, but delivered.

Beware, they are very expensive.  This PowerTower23 cost over $3500 dollars.  But compared with a $18,000 generator or $9500 UPS recommend by APC... The Power Tower met its need

Call or email us about your PowerTower dream

October 6, 2014

Goodbye Amanda, Hello Green Lightning!

Its hard to believe that its been over 5 years since we started this GreenLightUPS venture.

In the early days when we migrated from WeBobUPS to GreenLight we adopted the friendly face of "Amanda" holding the Green bulb as our moniker.  She has been serving us well, with her smiling green eyes.  However with adoption of the Green Lightning theme, we have begun to phase her out.

We will miss her.. but the Green Lightning seems better to fit with our new energy and service we are prepared to offer you!

October 5, 2014

Symmetra Mega Sale Begins this Month

Finally with a great selection of Symmetras in Stock, its important to remind you of our related pages

Plus we have some offerings that are Very Rare or Exclusive to Greenlight
  • New Unused Surplus 8/16kva LX [SYLX816Q]
  • Symmetra LX 12kva GOLD version w/Free startUp and Premium features [SYLX12tG]
  • New Unused Surplus 6kva RM [SYRM6Q]
  • Symmetra LX 16kva XR GOLD version w/Free startUp [SYLX16XLG]
  • Mint LX 8kva tower system with refurb parts [SYLX8T]

September 21, 2014

Overstock/Clearance Items are updated and ready for final sale

The overstock item list has been dusted off and is updated for September.

Browse through these closeouts and specials to find a unit to meet your needs.

Remember, add these to your existing order and in most cases they will ship FREE

September 20, 2014

Searching for a Double Conversion 3000va 120volt UPS

My opinion on double conversion units is pretty clear, but for those that still want a low voltage Online Double Conversion 3000 120 volt system, a quick summary is provided.

p9312 p9312 p9312 p9312
Brand Powerware Tripplite APC Liebert
Make PW9125 SmartOnline Smart RT GXT2
Sku p9312 to313 313g3 lg312
Size 2U / Tower 3U 3U / Tower 2U /Tower
Wattage 2100 2400 2100 2100
PDU Ready(1) Yes Yes No (4) Yes
Battery (2) 504 504 960 504
Lots of proven performance.  Rock solid design.

Often the best value, especially for longer runtime needs

The most popular.  Alot more base runtime included

Best unit for generators. Also great for frequency changing
Price(3) $599  $679  $899  $664
Sept '14 sale $599

  1. Whether it includes a twistlock port for connection of PDUs, such as L5-30P
  2. Battery VAH capacity, which relates to runtime
  3. Prices as per Sept '14, subject to change
  4. Look for the 313g4tL unit for twistlock backplate

September 19, 2014

Topix IV - 3phase units

Many emails start out... "I need a 3phase UPS for my...."

In most cases, I will try to steer the customer to a particular model or family of products, but 3phase is very different.  There are SO many combinations and configurations, that it can be very daunting to search out 3phase units.

Many other guys list their units with partial specs and runtimes.  Some include batteries, others sell a size, but not a brand, etc.

At GreenLightUPS we want the 3phase UPS buying experience to be simple and honest.  So start out at our 3phase page to see our real stock items and the relative prices and features

September 17, 2014

Topix 3 - Exclusives

Knee deep in the grind of the UPS business, I often forget how different GreenLightUPS is compared to other UPS firms.  While the other guys arent bad, our business is a bit different...

Whether we call them Frankensteins, GreenLightLAB Rats, or Monsters... we make a lot of special UPSes for our customers.  While some never make it past one prototype, others are more successful.

Its important to recall these EXCLUSIVES.   Check out our "Only at GreenLight" and see what you dream of when all you do is UPS work..

September 16, 2014

Topix Page 2 - Symmetra page

Symmetra is synonymous with reliability and quality.  It is THE UPS for those needing redundancy, growth potential and low maintenance.

However, there are many lines of the Symmetras.  Some are discontinued, but all them are stocked by GreenlightUPS.

So enjoy our starting page that explains the lines and the products

September 15, 2014

Our best selling units

Its sad, but we used to Blog about our top 5 selling units nearly every few months.   But as my blogging became sparse, the postings on popular units slipped away.

No longer!.  After a 4 year absence, here is the update.

  1. APC Smart UPS 2200 2U (202b) -  its a great base unit
  2. Dell Smarter UPS 750 (e700) - we had so many at one time we built walls with them
  3. APC Smart UPS 1500 2U (402b) - the world's most popular UPS, always backordered
  4. APC Smart Online 5000 (593g4) - Our Official Unit
  5. APC Smart UPS 3000 XL (313b) - #2 back in 2010... still in demand

September 14, 2014

TopixPage 1 - The APC Smart UPS RT

Many customers call and ask us advice on UPS systems.  In many cases we send them to our custom UPS family pages for assistance in designing and choosing their systems.

The first Topix page to remember is the APC Smart-UPS On-Line RT Page.

Inside you will find the entire list of APC RT units.  Thes true online units are available in nearly 30 combinations and configurations.  While we stock most of them, this quick page gives you the comparisons and features quickly and easily

September 9, 2014

3 phase Installation Idea #25

Well maybe, its not that many ideas that I have sketched out, but in our history I have done several line drawings to show how best to use the 3phase systems.

So for so called idea #25... lets look at a Symmetra VT unit powering two machines.

In this case, we connect the VT with a 10' power cable to a 3phase 100 amp panel or disconnect. Then on the back on the VT, we mount a micro panel with breakers for 2 machines.  Out of the micro panel, power cable connects to the equipment.

This is a clean and simple installation.  Everything is in portable power cable so locations can be changed without expensive inside wiring.   Plus we can sell you all these parts.

Remember since GreenLightUPS is also an electrical contractor, we know how to keep costs low. The last thing we want is for you to save $4000 buying our system, only to have your electrician charge you crazy money to hook it up.

Full plans here

September 8, 2014

I need a 10kva 3phase UPS

Got a great inquiry today from a customer looking for an affordable 10kva 3phase UPS.

The short answer was ...
Sorry, there are none.

The more political answer should have been...
If affordable half the price of, then we have several options

The problem is that 3 phase anything gets expensive fast.  In electrical, 3 phase panels, services, transformers, and wiring is always about twice the cost of regular single phase power.

If we compare the APC Smart UPS 10kva single phase UPS with the APC Symmetra PX 10kva 3phase UPS you will see the differences.

Smart UPS 10kva
Symmetra PX 10kva
V. Outputs
120, 120/240, 120/208
120, 120/240, 120/208, 208 Wye
Unit Price /kva
Install Cost
Hardwire + Receptacles
Hardwire Only

As you can see the 3phase provides the same kva but at over twice the price and requires extensive input and output wiring costs.

So when does the 3phase system make sense?  For 2 reasons:

  • If your output requires 3phase power  or
  • If you are likely to grow over 16kva

September 4, 2014

GreenLightUPS on the web....

The GreenLightUPS brand and story is all over the web.  Join in, Follow us, Like Us, or Review Us.

September 1, 2014

Best of the Blog 2009-2014 - Advice I

Resuming blogging in 2014, its probably wise to highlight the best posts from the last few years.

Re-reading them now, its clear that some should never be mentioned again.   But here are the truly valuable ones or at least not completely full of BS.

Best Advice Posts

Worst Analogies

  • Dell's High Efficiency Online units being the essence of the universe
    • Dell's High Efficiency Online UPS is a hybrid of them all.   It has online isolating features when you need them and line interactive features when you dont.  If the balancing rock is the moderating line interactive and the lone tree in field is the isolating online.. then maybe this image is the combination:.finite and lonely but bearing the entire human species through the oceans of space and time.

Blogging Returns

I finally ran out of excuses for not restarting the Blog...
I know many people still turn to it for advice, innovations, and a way to gauge our company's personality.
So it with that fact, that I resume.

Here we go...