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Subject: Re: Poll: Surge strip or UPS? Date: 12/12/2012 2:33 AM
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Mark12547,

I'm wondering if I should put my 46-in TV and blu-ray player in my "den" on their own "Back-UPS" and plugged into the backup-power-protected outlets.

When I helped the company I worked for close their local office, I bought all the equipment they didn't want to ship all the way to HQ for a nominal amount. Included was a number of APC UPS's (which are heavy!). So I used to have a lot of stuff around the house on UPS's.

But I got tired of replacing the batteries every 4 or 5 years. Even though I still have pretty good connections in the electronics industry, and thus could get decent prices on the batteries, it still adds up. Now I just have my computer and the house's Internet gear (Verizon's fiber-optic box, their WiFi router, and an Ethernet switch) on UPS's. Our various laptops essentially have a built-in UPS, since they switch over to their internal battery.

It's a little annoying when there's a power failure while my DVR is supposed to be recording a show, since it's no longer on a UPS. But it doesn't happen often enough to worry about.

On the gear without UPS's, I use conventional surge suppressors. The UL listed ones are required to have an indicator as to whether the surge suppressor (almost always MOV-based) is still working or not. Each surge damages the MOV's a little, and eventually they become too conductive to work properly.

Phil
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