Power Protection

By Robgamer
Apr 3, 2007
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  1. I didnt know where to post this, so I hope its alright if I post it here. I was wondering if there were any Power Protectors around that if the power went out, it would be charged, and you could still have the lights on and your computer?
  2. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl Newcomer, in training Posts: 668

    To keep the lights on you`ll need a home generator.See HERE

    To protect the computer from transient and short term power interruptions,

    you`ll need a UPS (uninterruptable power supply).See HERE

    Maybe other Techspot members can recommend individual brands ?
  3. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 Newcomer, in training Posts: 524

    Yes a UPS will has a rechargeable battery in the device so when the power goes out your comptuer will remain on for a temp. time to shut down so you dont loose any data and you can prob. run a lamp for a short term if you need light, some only run for like 12 mintues but the higher up models which cost a lot mroe can provide much more power, also it still functions as a surge protecter. And APC is a good brand so are lll woods
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,031   +222

    A UPS is rated in VA, meaning Volt-Amps.

    Mine is the Cyber Power 800AVR and here's the spec sheet on it.

    Notice the VA rating is 800va, but the WATTs is only 450w. Most of us
    relate better to the WATTs.

    It is important that the total WATTS drawn by all the equipment attached to
    the UPS draw less than the rated value
    . Also, you will find that a UPS will
    give you control when the power transitions from Pup to Pdown and allow you
    time to save/close programs and control the shutdown.
    It will not allow you to boot a system when in the Pdown condition.

    With the 800AVR, I can retain my cable modem+router+eMac+Laptop+a printer when power drops.
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