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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Buck Turgidson, Sep 18, 2003.

  1. We're getting a hurricane through here. It is probably too late to buy a
    UPS this time around, but I am curious if a moderately priced UPS could
    power a laptop,cable modem, and router for any period of time, or would I
    need a generator? I suppose I could run the laptop on batteries for a
    while, and just use the UPS for the modem/router.

    Thanks.
     
  2. rstlne

    rstlne Guest

    if you have an area wide power failure then the chances are that the cable
    network will go down
    so is there a point? ..
    If you only have 1 compute rthen I would use the laptop and cable modem..
    the cable modem shouldnt use much power and the laptop will probably be okay
    for a while.. so yea a ups would last a little while
     
  3. mike

    mike Guest

    When hurricanes go thru, power lines get knocked around a lot.
    Power failure is the least of your worries. Worry about a high voltage
    line touching your low voltage line. The spike you get just before the
    power goes out is what will hurt you.

    TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTERS
    UNPLUG YOUR STUFF
    PRETEND YOU HAVE A LIFE FOR A DAY WHILE IT BLOWS THRU.
    Your computer will still be there tomorrow.

    I used to live on the Gulf Coast, two blocks from the coast and two feet
    below sea level. Not only did we unplug stuff, we put it on a high
    shelf and hoped the shelf didn't float away.

    MIKE


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  4. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    With a UPS you will not have a power hit. Ideally you use a UPS to hold you
    over, and a generator backing it up. When the power from the generator is
    stable, the UPS will allow the generator to run the load, and maintain the
    UPS batteries.

    If you only have a generator, make sure all the equipment is shut down
    before allowing the generator to start up.

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    We're getting a hurricane through here. It is probably too late to buy a
    UPS this time around, but I am curious if a moderately priced UPS could
    power a laptop,cable modem, and router for any period of time, or would I
    need a generator? I suppose I could run the laptop on batteries for a
    while, and just use the UPS for the modem/router.

    Thanks.
     
  5. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    What I did not think of, was that all the power lines and facilities may be
    down, so what is the point, unless you have a by-directional satellite link
    to work with.

    I would take a few days off, and pretend I am back in the stone age for a
    while.

    --

    Greetings,

    Jerry Greenberg GLG Technologies GLG
    =========================================
    WebPage http://www.zoom-one.com
    Electronics http://www.zoom-one.com/electron.htm
    Instruments http://www.zoom-one.com/glgtech.htm
    =========================================


    We're getting a hurricane through here. It is probably too late to buy a
    UPS this time around, but I am curious if a moderately priced UPS could
    power a laptop,cable modem, and router for any period of time, or would I
    need a generator? I suppose I could run the laptop on batteries for a
    while, and just use the UPS for the modem/router.

    Thanks.
     
  6. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    A UPS is to give you time to save your work and shut down, they're not
    designed to run for any length of time, 15-20 minutes max. They usually beep
    constantly in operation also to alert you that AC mains power has failed. A
    combination of both would be your best bet, UPS to keep the PC going while
    you start up the generator.
     
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