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We have backup power supplies on all equipment in our home office (which is also our play room), so it's viable when one can get a really good deal on the power backup units. I think we payed somewhere around $130.00 for each of ours and have 4 of them in our office protecting all the computers, laptops(yes. even the laptops due to the surge protection in our power backup units), printers, routers, modems etc. Of course not all of our equipment is on at the same time, else we'd likely trip the power backup fuse.
In general, the battery in our units lasts between 3 and 5 years but are relatively cheap to replace and for our model, one can buy the battery in the local radio control hobby shop.
Edited by Butterball on 2/4/2012 1:07 AM PST
You know most UPS's have multiple outlets right?
Edited by D3BETA on 2/4/2012 1:06 AM PST
Even good, relatively expensive ones can't run a high-end machine and large LCD monitor for very long. You'd up spending more on a UPS system than you did on your machine if you wanted to play longer than 30 minutes in an outage.
Plenty of juice to save/exit/shutdown, though, or not get knocked off for a brief power 'blip.'
f you live in an area where there are frequent outages or brownouts, get a ups. Pretty simple.
Interesting thing about the power going out and losing Internet connection, DSL service through the local telco usually stays live during power outages if the router/modem is connected to the ups. OTOH, the cable connection dpesn't. Your mileage may vary depending on the providers in your area.
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