No. of Recommendations: 2
Question: once I hook the UPS up, am I right in assuming that to test it, simply unplugging the UPS from the wall socket will simulate a power outage?

Yes, but I do not do it that way. The reason is that if I do that, I break the ground connection, and my surge protectors become ineffective. Each of my computers (at one time I was running three at a time, though now, only one) is on its own circuit breaker. So I just flip the breaker off to simulate a power failure. If you plug your UPS into a power strip with a switch, you could just flip off that switch, but UPS manufacturers all (as far as I know) warn to plug the UPS directly in at the wall, not to power strips.

I use APS Smart-UPS models that have serious surge protection in them. I do not know if cheap ones have this. I also have a "whole house" surge protector in my main power panel. One of these. You must get one designed to fit your power panel.

https://www.schneider-electric.us/en/product-range-presentat...
Print the post  

Announcements

What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.