UPS saved my *** again!

By Tedster
Sep 11, 2005
  1. thank God I bought an UPS sometime ago after a lightning storm fried my old computer.

    This time I had my ups also plugged into a surge protector - so the new system was doubly protected.

    Last night we had a flash storm here in the desert.

    Had a blackout and everything is still fine!

  2. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966


    I live west of you and get some good flashes too.
    How do you have it configured?

    I'm using a belkin power authority II just as surge
    protector. Has saved my bacon twice this year.
    I've setup a few ups but never had one on my systems
    or got to see them work.
  3. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    I'm not on a UPS either. Just one of THESE
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,311   +617

    unless you have a server system OR let you systems run 24/7, the UPS needs
    no config or cabling what-so-ever :) I have three systems + the network gear
    on a CyberPower 950, all w/o auto shutdown enabled. For me, I or the wife will
    always be present when we get a 'brown-out' (loss of power) and the UPS has
    enough reserve to allow a manually controlled shutdown.

    Saved my bacon more than once too :)
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,000   +15

    got my surge plugged into the wall, non critical equipment is plugged into the surge protector. My UPS is plugged into 1 outlet on the surge. The UPS also has a surge built in. I bought an old APC BackUPS Pro 500 from a used computer store and put in a new battery. (saved about $20 from buying a new one). Critical equipment like the monitor and computer are plugged into the UPS.
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,000   +15

    might want to get better protection. My old system was just on a surge and a brownout fried it. An UPS will kick you over to battery protection so you can power down safely.
  7. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    Thankz, I'm taking that recomendation

    Yeah, I'm thinking that way.
    With the NON-soons (monsoon) I have here,
    we get alot of lightening storms this time of year,
    without rain, of up to 1000 strikes per hour I'm told.
    I even got renters ins.
    Man that storm did sneak up on you let the frames load..12 hour
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,000   +15

    same here. Gotta have renters insurance in el paso. Too many break-ins living this close to the border. Fortunately I live very close to the Army base and the crime isn't real bad where I live. It's nothing compared to DC and MAryland when I lived there for over 20 years.

    I pass by your way when I visit relatives in Las Vegas. Perhaps one day we can hook up and grab a burger or something.
  9. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    Doors open.
    You're active duty?
    If so, Thankz for the job you guys do!
    I was civil engineer for USAF here years ago.
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,000   +15

    ha! Small world. I was USAF for 5 years (Civil Engineers) before I transferred to the Army 10 years ago.

    I work in C4I now. (Command and Control)

    5 until I retire!

    As a matter of fact, I participated in a big exercise at Nellis last April. The USAF and Army are almost merging back together in many areas.
  11. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    Small world! :approve:
    I was at Luke AFB, got to vaccuum the runways. Roads & grounds
    (Civil Engineers youth program) I was too old to mow the grass LOL, 18yrs old, in those years
    we had German AF training and lost several F104's & F111's.
    It was my job to clean up crash site (on and off base) after Investagations.
    Got to go down to Goldwater firing range once for downed A10.
    Most lived the inccidents. I should've stayed, but went on to enviro job instead.
  12. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,000   +15

    I've been stationed at Ft. Bliss off and on. This is my third time. I was on recruiting duty in PA before I was assigned here. I'm just trying to ride my last 5 out if possible.
    But special duty pay for recruiting is going up to $650 supposedly in October. That's too tempting. I may wait until I have 17 in to go back. 5 years is too many in USAREC.
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