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i had one a while ago (APC) and then it caught on fire, havent picked one up since then but its starting to get to the point where finding one that will handle the wattage of my machine is annoying if i want more then 1 minute of run time lol
psu x 2 = ups va

That way you will never have any problems with it or overload it.
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Caught Fire!? What model? Was this during a blackout or no? What did APC do about it?



Lightning Strike?
it was this one

http://www.staples.com/APC-Back-UPS-...?cmArea=SEARCH

and i just returned it to staples. and yes it was during a blackout, but my computer was off and the only thing running on it was my fish tank
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psu x 2 = ups va

That way you will never have any problems with it or overload it.
i didnt overload it, 1 because i didnt have my sig rig at the time and 2 my computer was off


and i usually just got by the wattage of the UPS when buying one ?
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post #34 of 75
I have been using the CyberPower UPS since '06 and absolutely love this thing. One of the best investments you can get for the pc.
    
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i didnt overload it, 1 because i didnt have my sig rig at the time and 2 my computer was off


and i usually just got by the wattage of the UPS when buying one ?
lol didn't say you overload it said its a easy way to get a ups with the right va rating.

Btw when it burned was it grounded or did you have a lightning strike?

There's no real standard in the ups business. They lie
post #36 of 75
I just use a surge protector, and they are useful, just had like six power outages in the past couple days for some reason.

I hope it's not my fault.
    
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lol didn't say you overload it said its a easy way to get a ups with the right va rating.

Btw when it burned was it grounded or did you have a lightning strike?

There's no real standard in the ups business. They lie
there wasnt a storm, i think someone just took out a pole and power was up, i was upstairs having breakfast when i heard the UPS making some odd noises and i went downstairs and i scrambled to unplug my computer and luckily the UPS responded to me holding the power button down and shut off
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post #38 of 75
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there wasnt a storm, i think someone just took out a pole and power was up, i was upstairs having breakfast when i heard the UPS making some odd noises and i went downstairs and i scrambled to unplug my computer and luckily the UPS responded to me holding the power button down and shut off
yeah they don't make good surge protectors. Sometimes the fuse melts without breaking the circuit. Lightning can do that. Will take a ups, a psu and a pc with it. Three knots in the psu cable is a cheap way for good surge protection it melts the knots cutting the circuit off saving your equipment most of the time.
post #39 of 75
Are you after the services of a UPS (which provides the ability to correctly shut down the PC in the event of a power failure) of the services of a surge protector? Average run of the mill surge protectors will provide protection against data corruption caused by man made imperfections in the supplied power but they will not protect against a full on lighting strike. You can get your home setup for lighting strike protection (I did a bit of research on this after we lost the AC unit and some electronics due to a lighting strike) but prices were running from $350.00 to 500.00 installed. Lighting is quite a bit harder to protect against than simple data corruption due to low level power spikes.
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The whole knot thing smells of BS Spoony. Just googled the method as well. I'm not sure how or why you think it's a method that's recommendable but i'm pretty damn sure it isn't.
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