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UPS: Protect Yourself From Voltage Dips, Spikes, Surges, and Outages.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by Milominderbinder2, May 17, 2007.

  1. Oct 30, 2007 #81 of 128
    Radio Enginerd

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    APC's = Good Choice IMO.
     
  2. Nov 5, 2007 #82 of 128
    GordonT

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    I wanted to make sure that it is safe to use this serial connection method. I have a Monster HTS 1000 Surge suppressor/Power conditioner that is rated at 2775 joules, which is much higher than the APC UPS's that I am looking at. I don't require a large amount of backup time, since the vast majority of power interruption I have here in Tampa only last a few minutes or less.
     
  3. Nov 15, 2007 #83 of 128
    Jagg

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    I have heard this unit has a loud hum. Can anyone confirm?

    Otherwise i may just go for the APC-550 VA listed in the FAQ for my HDTV, HR20 and HDVD.
     
  4. Nov 15, 2007 #84 of 128
    funhouse69

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    This is the unit I am using... No hum or noise whatsoever. The only time a UPS will / should make noise is when it looses power and the inverter is on then you will hear a buzzing noise (other than the alarm).
     
  5. Nov 15, 2007 #85 of 128
    Jagg

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    Ok thanks. I wasn't sure if the APC 550 was strong enough for all that high tech equipment.
     
  6. Nov 16, 2007 #86 of 128
    CrAnK

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    Last month my RCA 52" on a Radio Shack surge protector took 3 brownouts in a row, fried the main board and fly back transformer. Had to go out and buy a new TV replaced the Radio Shack with APC BE550R. My question is with the APC in place will I be safe if the same thing was to happen?
     
  7. Nov 16, 2007 #87 of 128
    JeffBowser

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    A surge protector only does little to nothing for brownouts, but a battery backup such as the one you mention will.
     
  8. Nov 19, 2007 #88 of 128
    oo7li

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    Circuit City has an APC 500 on sale for $33. This seems like a great deal to me, but I'm worried my 56" Toshiba DLP and HR20 will be too much for it. What do you guys think?
     
  9. Nov 21, 2007 #89 of 128
    Jagg

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    Staples also has the Tripp Lite SmartPro Digital UPS with LCD for $89. Not sure if that is a good one either.
     
  10. Dec 13, 2007 #90 of 128
    rjf

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    i found the APC BX1500LCD on sale for $159 and the APC BX1300LCD on sale for $119. trying to decide between the two. i know bigger is always better with UPS, but is the difference negligible between 1500 & 1300? any advice?

    looking to use this for a soft-off of a 50" plasma, rcvr, HR20 and R15 but keep my ext FAP750 running.
     
  11. Dec 13, 2007 #91 of 128
    JeffBowser

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    Dirty secret - the battery inside both is absolutely identical. I have no idea how they arrive at their ratings, but that lead-acid box on the inside that make the electrons flow is the same between them.

     
  12. Dec 13, 2007 #92 of 128
    rjf

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    hmmm.... interesting way to put it. well, it's not that much diff in price, but my wallet would appreciate it. i guess once everythings turned off and it's just the FAP, R15 & HR20 off but possibly recording, maybe the diff between 1300 and 1500 is a few minutes at best.
     
  13. Dec 13, 2007 #93 of 128
    JeffBowser

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    I have a 1500 running a 65" CRT RPTV, my 1500watt HT amp, an HR20, DVD player, and a legacy VCR, and I get 30 mins at average volume. I do not run my powered sub through it, though.
     
  14. Dec 13, 2007 #94 of 128
    TR-6060

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    I'm looking at these units as well for these prices. They both take an APC RBC109 replacement battery which is not yet available since they are so new (per APC tech support 2 hours ago). Since the BX1300VA and BX1500VA have a 3 year warranty, battery availability is not an issue at this time. My guess is that the 1500VA can supply a bit more wattage for possibly a slightly shorter period of time. I'm leaning towards the 1500VA unit since my entire AV setup will be loaded on it.
     
  15. Dec 13, 2007 #95 of 128
    armophob

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    780 Watts / 1300 VA
    Typical Backup Time
    at Half Load
    18.4 minutes (390 Watts)
    Typical Backup Time
    at Full Load
    6.4 minutes (780 Watts)

    vs

    865 Watts / 1500 VA
    Typical Backup Time
    at Half Load
    13.1 minutes (432.5 Watts)
    Typical Backup Time
    at Full Load
    3.1 minutes (865 Watts)

    Bottom line it is not there to give you viewing time. It is there to ride you through brown outs and give you time to shut every thing down nice like during blackouts. I would take the cheaper route unless you are getting close to topping it out.
     
  16. Dec 14, 2007 #96 of 128
    TR-6060

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    My Panasonic TH-50PZ700U 50" plasma is rated at 695 watts (max power). Considering that the UPS will also have the HR21, an AV receiver, etc., I'm really on the fence between these two models. As several mentioned above, all I need to do is to have enough run time to shut everything down smoothly (in a blackout scenario) so additional available wattage with less run time would be fine. The extra $40 in my pocket if I bought the 1300VA unit would be fine as well.:)
     
  17. Dec 14, 2007 #97 of 128
    rjf

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    i agree. the only extra power i want is to keep the HR20 and FAP750 running for a while if needed. but if i plug the APC into the wall and then my monster surge into that, there'll be several components drawing some power even while off. so i guess the question for me is, do i get a 1300VA and plug everything into that to get a soft-off and some additional minutes to power the HR20 and ext drive, or do i just get a 750va for the HR20 and ext drive only?
     
  18. Dec 14, 2007 #98 of 128
    rjf

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    FYI- circuit city has $15 off $100 coupons at the register and they let me use it on the APC BX1300LCD so it was $113 out the door. if anyone's interested, the sale price and coupon are only good till the 15th. get out there and get one if you need a good deal on a ups!
     
  19. Dec 14, 2007 #99 of 128
    JeffBowser

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    That's a nice deal !
     
  20. pat8635

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    Only one person mentioned one of the most important reasons for a TV...when you turn it off you can hear the fan for a few minutes... just killing the power is very hard on the lamp. Having a second to turn the TV off and let the fan cool the bulb is the main reason that I have one. The DVR might actually work better with a zap or two ;-)
     

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