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UPS Uninterrupted Power Supply Answered

Just an open forum about UPS, the pro's/con's.... What do you use yours for? Lately Ive been thinking about getting one, then ask myself "Why?" I don't know, but still think it could be useful. Sooo, do you use it for a certain purpose? Do you buy it, just to strip it for parts? Or maybe IBLE idea's on uses for an UPS!

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Big Bwana (author)2008-07-22

I use several UPS's, and it's not just for computers, I put a 450 VA ups on one floor light in the living room that's normally on during the night so you can still see when there is a power outage, I use a 1kVA one on the TV and other junk like dvd player, etc, every computer has one from 450 VA to 2 kVA, I have a 300 VA for the alarm clock ( yes it has it's own batteries but I was given this UPS for free so I figured why not try it out and it hasn't moved since, And a 450 VA on the cordless phone so it keeps working even though it causes lots of hissing when it kicks in..... (( and while this might seem like over kill I live in a rural area and I get a power disturbance at least once a week and issues like brownouts several times a day )) If you want to see what makes them tick they are fairly common items at recycle centers, normally the battery packs are shot but it's not hard to find a cheap source of sealed lead acid batteries which is the number one reason they get tossed out..I just fixed a 1400VA Tripplite ups and total cost was $36 for batteries and this UPS was left at the Dump, if you do this please make sure you recycle the batteries as they do contain large amounts of lead... (( and there is lots of good parts inside if you need power FET's heatsinks, surge protectors, nice plugs (( the APC ones even tell you if the building is wired right with lights on them and you can open them up and add them to an extension cord or computer plug in )) KJ I'm one of those people <> it's the only thing that keeps the kids from getting three minutes with out oxygen....

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it's the only thing that keeps the kids from getting three minutes with out oxygen.... - You must be a real great role model...

*Hyper mega action drunk dad, now with kid throwing action arms...

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ROLMAO... No really it is, here's how it works, and I'm sure of this, the high voltage produces a static charge which attracts oxygen close to the Cathode Ray Tube and younger kids have higher oxygen requirements than us old farts so they are attracted to this high oxygen source, and the prime concentration levels are at about feet from the tube, and if you don't believe me all you have to do to test this out is, while they are all gathered around the tube, you simply pick up the remote and turn it off, you'll see them rolling around on the floor struggling to breath and they start to make this squealing sound like the normal 21% Oxygen air isn't good enough for them .... Honest....

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Interesting, I shall use this to my advantage...

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teenage females also need 1.8 and 1.9 GHz cellular transceivers attached to there heads all the time or they to can become oxygen starved .. <> honest I've seen it happen, more then once.....

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I've found that these can't be simulated with walkie talkies, unlike males...

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It's the whole push to talk thing, and after spending 16 hours per day pushing that button your thumb might hurt as well... (( I like the FRS radios, lots of stores use them for talking to staff and it's fun to razz them every once and while ))

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I've been meaning to get the right radio frequency for IKEA... got a few friends that works there and want to have a little fun...

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I just walk around and if I see a FRS radio I look at the display and enter the channel on mine and let the games begin, and lots of stores I've found cheap out and only get the 14 channel one's so even if they change it's not hard to find them again....

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Hmm Not bad plan, a lot of place use a simple name brand radio with not many channels. Could just listen in... If you get an IKEA one call out an IKEA time check followed by the time, enjoy the all hell breaking loose....

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Me and my friend did that once and we had some walkie-talkies and we were randomly scanning for channels and we found a house alarm that was going off nearby. They sound like a funny squelchy sound and we picked up a signal from a nearby taxi so that was fun to mess with ! :)

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Big Bwana (author)killarowa2008-07-22

No problem and any thing else just ask in the forums ...

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killarowa (author)2008-07-22

Anyone have a clue on how "BIG" the UPS has to be to run a standard refrigerator? That, and depending on how long its been juiced up.... i wonder how long my fridge would stay on in a blackout... Could you "stack" or daisy chain" UPS.... maybe get an extra day or two of ice????

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NachoMahma (author)killarowa2008-07-22

. VERY big. The inrush/startup current is a lot, but I couldn't find any figures with a quick search. Once the compressor motor gets up to speed, the load is <15-20A (max US wall receptacles are rated for). . . I don't think you can run multiple UPSs. IIRC, they will fight each other if the outputs are not matched perfectly. You could have multiple UPSs plugged in, but only one under load. When it is depleted, swap to the next one.

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killarowa (author)NachoMahma2008-07-22

Well thats good to know... I can charge them all with just one outlet, save em, and just use one at a time

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guyfrom7up (author)killarowa2008-07-25

you could always make your own super beefed up ups.

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killerjackalope (author)2008-07-22

Umm maybe for it's intended purpose, it's supposed to be for computers, to stop data loss int he events of power outages and only give so much runtime, I suppose you could have one for a fridge or some lights, the TV if you're one of those people...

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