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Mindblower
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August 7, 2018 - 11:50 am
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Once again I find myself harping about why desktop users need a UPS (so called unlimited power supply - since it does have limit of about 1 hour or less depending on the wattage size and the load you place on the unit).

And before I forget, not all UPS units are recommended for computer protection. You must get one that comes with a cable to attach to your computer along with software so you can decide how you want your UPS to offer you the protection you require and monitor and provide proper shutdown should a power failure take longer than expected while unattended.

Have you noticed the massive heat wave we seem to get year after year? Silly question right. Well the demand on the power utilities is higher daily and it is not going to get any better as we plug more things to reap our enjoyment pleasure.

A UPS provides protection against spikes (when the voltage goes up) and brown spots (when the voltage goes down). These are added times the UPS supplies the battery power to compensate for a change in your 110 voltage (which is an odd saying as it normally operates at 120 volts).

The UPS I have been using for over a decade is APC. Totally recommend this product and advise you purchase a 1000 or 1500 unit. Plenty of battery run-time, Mindblower!

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Richard Pedersen
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Hi MB,
Just FYI, UPS stands for "Uninterruptible Power Supply".

Thanks for the tips!
Richard

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Mindblower
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Er, thanks for the correction Richard. Seems I keep making this same mistake and it sticks into memory.

Additional note about UPS. There are two types. The typical UPS (the one I use and speak about, is cheaper since it only reacts when required or triggered). There is a more expensive unit where anything connected to it is always receiving power from the UPS (meaning the power supplied from you utility company is filtered, the battery is always powering your equipment (no lag time), and the output (a pure sine wave) is exactly the same as what you get from your utility company. Mostly used for Medical equipment or extremely sensitive electronics. But UPS suppliers might turn this into an advertising gimmick, for those with deep pockets, Mindblower!

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