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Is it Safe to Plug UPS into Surge Protector or Extension Cable?

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I was wondering if it would be safe to connect my APC BE650G UPS to a surge protector or extension cable. The only reason I'm doing this is because only one outlet is working properly with the grounding intact, so I want to extend the length of the UPS to reach my sig rig which I use for gaming and folding.


This is my current setup:


Wall outlet1 > Surge Protector/Extension Cable > UPS > Computer/Monitor/Speakers/External HDD

Wall outlet2 > Surge Protector > Printer/Lamp/Clock/Portable Heater/Phone Charger
Edited by OrangeBunnies - 6/7/11 at 1:14pm
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post #2 of 14
that's a little ups. i wouldn't think it would matter much. i wouldn't plug my APC 2200 into one, but that's just because it scares me.
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post #3 of 14
Should be fine, the cable on the surge protector/extension should be the same gauge or heavier than the one on the UPS to be perfectly safe.
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Will be fine.
But if the ground of the 2nd plug is messed up for w/e reason. Replace the outlet, (and or call an electrician).
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I never saw the need for a UPS part from the super rare moments when they cut the electricity for the whole block.
Surges? Don't have any.
Risk of overloading the RCD? Very thin.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kenolak;13788363 
Will be fine.
But if the ground of the 2nd plug is messed up for w/e reason. Replace the outlet, (and or call an electrician).

It's not the outlet, it's the wiring in the house that is the problem, the electrician said it would require rewiring the entire house to fix the lack of ground problem on all the outlets. The appliances that need grounding are all plugged into outlets that do have ground, i.e. the fridge, stove, washer.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ecchi-BANZAII!!!;13788452 
I never saw the need for a UPS part from the super rare moments when they cut the electricity for the whole block.
Surges? Don't have any.
Risk of overloading the RCD? Very thin.

Well I'm in student housing, and the house is decades old, the ground is shot on almost all the outlets in the house. The only reason I'm concerned now is the power to my room and the room adjacent to mine just shutoff unexpectedly, reset the switch in the electrical box in the basement and everything was fine again for about 10 minutes then it shut down again.
Edited by OrangeBunnies - 6/7/11 at 2:15pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by OrangeBunnies;13788590 
Well I'm in student housing, and the house is decades old, the ground is shot on almost all the outlets in the house. The only reason I'm concerned now is the power to my room and the room adjacent to mine just shutoff unexpectedly, reset the switch in the electrical box in the basement and everything was fine again for about 10 minutes then it shut down again.
Darn. Rough situation you're in. frown.gif

You should find a place that allows 240v.
It can use more more efficient watt and it will also give you cleaner electricity.
But this is now and as people already said, that PSU shouldn't be any problem on that extension cable.
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post #8 of 14
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I forgot to mention the APC BE650G UPS I have is about 3 years old and the battery holds very little charge now, would that affect the situation of plugging it into an extension or surge protector?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ecchi-BANZAII!!!;13788637 
Darn. Rough situation you're in. frown.gif

You should find a place that allows 240v.
It can use more more efficient watt and it will also give you cleaner electricity.
But this is now and as people already said, that PSU shouldn't be any problem on that extension cable.

It's not as bad as it sounds, this is the first time something like this has happened in the house (to my knowledge), if their is a serious problem with the electrical wiring the landlords will have to fix it, I just hope the grounding doesn't give out on my last outlet because that they won't fix. frown.gif

Otherwise I will have to get a super long extension cable and steal the grounding from the fridge outlet. biggrin.gif
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The PSU drains as much as it did when it was new even though it's battery is worn out.
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Originally Posted by Ecchi-BANZAII!!!;13788862 
The PSU drains as much as it did when it was new even though it's battery is worn out.

You mean the UPS (Uninterpretable Power Supply), or does the PSU (Power Supply Unit) have a battery that I don't know about?!?!?!? eek.gif
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