A UPS (uninterruptible power supply) is a device used to provide instant backup power to critical systems for safe shutdown in the case of a power outage.

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If my power supply is 700w, do I need a 700w UPS?

if my power supply is 700w, do I need a 700w UPS? I am running dual 20" dell LCD's, a i7 quad core system with a radion 4870 1gb video card, 2 hard drives.
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Is a UPS a good investment for a home machine?

Is it worth the money to invest in a battery-backed UPS unit for a home machine? Or is it a waste of money? The purpose of the UPS would be to prevent a "meltdown" of the computer due to bad power ...
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Is UPS necessary to have for a PC?

Can my computer components ( Monitor, Motherboard, RAM, HDD, CPU, SMPS) become damaged due to a sudden power flux. It's only needed to shut down Windows properly. Can I solve both Hardware and ...
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Is the APC BR700G UPS (or similar) compatible with Active PFC power supplies?

I'm looking at getting a UPS for my home computer. So far the APC BR700G looks very promising, except for one thing: one of the reviews on Newegg says that this UPS does not work with a power supply ...
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Why shouldn't I attach laser printers or scanners to a UPS?

I have an FSP EP1000 UPS. The User's Manual says: CAUTION: NEVER connect a laser printer or scanner to the UPS unit. This may cause the damage of the unit. Why is this restriction?
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Can I run a computer using DC power?

I always thought that using a conventional UPS with a PC is highly inefficient. Power goes from AC -> DC -> AC in UPS and then AC -> DC in PC SMPS. Since PC works only with DC (12, 5 and 3 volts) It ...
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Laptop Malfunctions After UPS Failure? I Have Got What I Deserved

My UPS failed today and laptop ceased working. UPS failed me before 1 time and it was when laptop was on standby but nothing happened to the laptop however. Also there were times when laptop was ...
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System connected to UPS goes to sleep short time after power is lost

I have a Win7 x64 system connected to the UPS. The UPS is capable of maintaining the system power for about 30 minutes. After I have connected the UPS, I have verified this by disconnecting the power ...
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What's the best UPS unit for a home PC [closed]

I recently moved into a new house, and it seems that every time there's an electrical storm, the power will blink on and off quite frequently. I was thinking of getting a UPS (Uninterruptible power ...
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Windows 7 goes into hibernation immediately after the UPS kicks on

I have a UPS that will power my desktop computer for 50 minutes. The idea was that if the power when out I could save/make notes on what I'm working on and then shutdown or hibernate the desktop. But ...
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Is it okay to use a UPS without a ground?

I have a UPS unit that I would like to use for a workstation installation that does not have a valid ground (in the Philippines, a true ground is a luxury). I am not an Electrical Engineer, but I ...
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What is better for power problems, a UPS or a voltage regulator?

I live in a cheap flat filled with expensive, sensitive electronic devices. There is only one electric circuit for everything to plug in. Several times a day, the fridge's compressor wakes up, and ...
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computer shutoff suddenly, I have a APC backup UPS SE 350

My computer suddenly shutoff (abruptly), and then the APC (UPS SE 350) started to beep continuously. I pressed the button on it and it stopped, then I pressed it again and it turned on (green light) ...
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Does the output waveform of a UPS make a difference to my PC Hardware?

I wanted to buy a UPS for my PC. I was going over some and I came across a variety of sine waves that different UPSes generate; Stepped Sine Wave Modified Sine Wave Simulated Sine Wave I know ...
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Computer hangs due to underpowered UPS?

I just bought a new UPS. Now since I started using it I experienced at least 3 random freeze in Windows 7 and it happens during the first 10 minutes of start-up. Note when I say freeze, I mean I ...
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What to look for in a good UPS?

I just asked this question where my PC may have been fried due to a power surge. Now I'm browsing around and I'm curious what characteristics make a quality UPS? What should I be looking at? Should I ...
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Need UPS communication software for Ubuntu

I have a server that should have an energy backup. I want to use some UPS for this. How to make it can communicate with PC, so it can makes the PC shutdown automatically? Whats software for ...
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Is My PSU compatible with this UPS

I have this PSU and this UPS, however due to the PSU being/having an active PFC (power factor correction) it is incompatible with my UPS (at least according to APC tech support, for reference see my ...
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Agghhh! UPS Back-Up, Laptop Charger, Sparks

Boy… ok. This is so frustrating! Ok so, I've been getting a whole lot of problems with the electrical grid here lately: spikes, surges, lows, brown-outs, all kinds of problems, it's terrible, ...
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Why is my UPS causing my monitor to make a high pitched humming noise

I recently purchased a UPS for a new server build for my home. Since the server sits next to my desk, I figured I'd plug my Macbook and monitor into the UPS as well. That way if the power goes out, I ...
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Using a laptop without battery [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are notebook batteries generally hot-swappable? My battery is at 50% wear and I was planning to use it on AC without the battery. I was planning to use an on-line UPS so ...