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Poll Results: Do you use a UPS?

Poll expired: Mar 31, 2011  
  • 37% (30)
    Yes
  • 62% (50)
    No
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post #41 of 57
i dont but probably should
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post #42 of 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by mortimersnerd View Post
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.
No no, voltage regulators DO correct for voltage losses. Yeah I know the model I linked isn't a great one, but it works:

Quote:
Protection Type:
Brownouts
Surge
Over Voltage

Current
10A Line Current Per Phase
36kA Surge Current
That's more than enough for brownouts
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post #43 of 57
I use one, but not on my computer. It is on my cable modem and Vonage so I always have a phone (along with an old regular corded phone)
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post #44 of 57
I used to have one ~8 years ago, but it died.

Haven't used one since.
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post #45 of 57
Just had a power-outage about 30 minutes ago. The cut was brief (only a few seconds), but both UPS units kicked in, gave the alarm and kept the systems running.

Before I could do much the power returned, and everything went on as though nothing happened.

That is why I have UPS units. No loss/corruption of data or files, no fluctuation in the lines, and protected from surges when the power returns.

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post #46 of 57
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Syrillian View Post
Just had a power-outage about 30 minutes ago. The cut was brief (only a few seconds), but both UPS units kicked in, gave the alarm and kept the systems running.

Before I could do much the power returned, and everything went on as though nothing happened.

That is why I have UPS units. No loss/corruption of data or files, no fluctuation in the lines, and protected from surges when the power returns.

Thats why they are great!

I had a little fun. I put my laser printer on the same power outlet as the UPS and got the voltage to go below 104V and the UPS kicked in.
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post #47 of 57
after reading this, i get the distinct feeling that i should get one, especially since i have no surge protection what so ever. What voltage would one kick-in at in the uk? its 230-240v here.
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post #48 of 57
So what does a UPS do? Prevent the loss of power when there's a very short outage or something?
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post #49 of 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrtn400 View Post
So what does a UPS do? Prevent the loss of power when there's a very short outage or something?
Exactly.

Consumer units are designed to allow you enough time to save work and shutdown when power is lost, but they're also great for brownouts.
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post #50 of 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by sizeak View Post
after reading this, i get the distinct feeling that i should get one, especially since i have no surge protection what so ever. What voltage would one kick-in at in the uk? its 230-240v here.
Wow you are asking for it. XD

I will get one soon me thinks. We have them pretty cheap at Best Buy. APC a good brand?
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