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can someone tell me why something like this is needed in comparison to just a normal $30 surge protector? Never used one of these before.
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Originally Posted by Ratjack View Post

can someone tell me why something like this is needed in comparison to just a normal $30 surge protector? Never used one of these before.

Surge protector only protects against power surge. It does not protect against blackout, brownout (voltage drops), and high voltage. In the case of blackout or brownout PC may shut down. This can cause damages to PC components, with HDDs taking the biggest hit.

UPS is there to help you

In the case of blackout (or rapid blackout)
* To give you enough time to shut down your PC properly.
* To give you enough time to start your backup generator.

In the case of brownout or high voltage, it can regulate output voltage. UPS is really helpful for those who has poor quality of electricity. In California, there is always unintentional/unannounced blackout going around every year. Before I bought an UPS one of my external HDD got caught in the blackout and died horribly.
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