# Intel Atom board (DN2800MT) power supply, can I add battery?

After reading through 20-something posts about 'car/12V/power supply/computer' I've still not found a definitive answer to what I'd like to try here. If this turns out to be a dupe after all, my apologies.

I have this little machine running as a media/file/whatever server in my basement. It's currently (hahaha) being powered by a 65W 12V external 'brick' that came with the box it's mounted in. My (cheapo) kill-a-watt says it uses about 19W, most likely a big part of that are the 2 disks attached to it. Anyway, this works fine but I was wondering if it would be possible to create a 'cheap' UPS for it by 'simply' putting an old car battery in parallel with a PSU (and a 6A fuse).

From my little knowledge I realize that I won't be able to use the 'brick' that's currently powering the setup (need more volt for charging to start with), but I guess I could replace it with a (smallish) car-battery-charger. Going by the technical specifications (see 2.2.3.3 (pdf)) the board allows for an input voltage between 8 and 19 Volts, so I wouldn't be too concerned about things not providing a 'proper' and 'stable' 12V any more.

• Am I simplifying things too much? Should I rather use something else than an (old) car-battery?
• Assuming the charger is of the 'trickle-type', is it (un)likely to be smart enough to see the battery go down over time and then do a 'full' recharge or would that bring me into the 'profeional' kind of equipment?
• And what is my kill-a-watt going to say about this? If this brings my average consumption to like 50W I might just as well rather have the thing crash once a year due to a power-failure.

Alternatively I could go for a sightlier 'more basic' approach and apply the solution found here and make sure my battery is charged "manually/off-line" every once in a while for when it is really needed.

Thanks for any input and remarks!

• One additional thing you might want to consider is what happens when the battery drops close to 8V, it might go through a power on/off cycle a few times as the battery recovers. You'd probably want to set the BIOS to not start after power is restored in case mains isn't restored and it's still running on the battery. – PeterJ Mar 19 '15 at 11:16
• @PeterJ ah, indeed, well spotted, thx! – deroby Mar 19 '15 at 13:15

• Although I don't want to start a brand X vs brand Y discussion, something like a CTEC MXS 5.0 seems to be what I need then. From the specifications it seems to trickle charge once it notices the battery is full but will go in full-charge mode again as soon as it notices a drop in voltage. – deroby Mar 19 '15 at 21:57