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Poll Results: Do you use a UPS?

Poll expired: Mar 31, 2011  
  • 37% (30)
    Yes
  • 62% (50)
    No
80 Total Votes  
post #21 of 57
What is a brownout ?

Well I know that in Quebec when there's thunderstorm or imminent bad weather there's a lot of power sag (flickering light) - I only have a 35$ powerbar (not the worst, not the best.)

I looked for a UPS but there's $200 UPS and $1,000 UPS ! So I do not know which one to choose.

I would like to have maximum protection, and 30 min to 2-3 hours of power. But i've heard that for 1-2 or 3 hours the units become really expensive, I dont know if this is true or not
Edited by Cr4zYH3aD - 7/4/08 at 1:32pm
     
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Quote:
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What is a brownout ?

*snip*
It's what happens to your underoos when your system suddenly shuts down from a Blackout. Hahahahahaa... ... erm... sorry.

It is when there is fluctuation (drop in voltage) in the line that is below specifications of the system as a whole.
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post #23 of 57
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A brownout is when there is a loss of voltage, which is quite harmful to computer parts when they are operating below 102V.

As far as UPS go, you dont need one to power you for 30 minutes. Mine powers me for ~10. Thats long enough to save my work and then transfer it to the laptop. I would shutdown the computer to leave enough power to run the networking. That way I have about 100minutes of internet access with my laptop. If you want hours, you will need to get a UPS thats crazy expensive or get one like mine and then a generator.

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It's what happens to your underoos when your system suddenly shuts down from a Blackout. Hahahahahaa... ... erm... sorry.

Edited by mortimersnerd - 7/4/08 at 1:46pm
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post #24 of 57
If you are just worried about protecting the PC from power surges/brownouts/etc, you can always just use a voltage regulator which is much cheaper.
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except that it has no way to correct for the loss of voltage, but yes it is a lot cheaper.
Even a $100 UPS is fine for most people. It will be enough power to run a system during a 2 second blink. Generally, you dont need more than that anyways.
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post #27 of 57
Ok thanks for the info. I've heard that APC are good UPS.
     
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post #28 of 57
sure do. i picked up an apc-1000 at goodwill for 10 bucks. works great
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sure do. i picked up an apc-1000 at goodwill for 10 bucks. works great
lucky...
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O I thought this was about the shipping company.
rofl me too...
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