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Windows 7: UPS/surge protector searching

02 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
UPS/surge protector searching

I need a surge protector that has at least 8 outlets and a 6ft. cord. Should I also be looking for a UPS or is surge protection enough? I rarely loose power.
Tripp Lite SMART1200LCD Smart Pro Digital 1200 VA 700 Watts 8 Outlets Line Interactive UPS w/ LCD display - Newegg.com

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02 Feb 2014   #2

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

If you rarely loose power and don't feel you need to worry about losing work should a power outage unexpectedly shut you down, then a UPS would be overkill. If you do decide to get one, make sure it puts out pure sine wave AC not stepped AC or modified square wave. If a UPS' description doesn't say it puts out pure since wave AC, such as the one you linked, then it probably doesn't. Many modern electronics, including many computer PSUs, do not play well with stepped AC.
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02 Feb 2014   #3

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Murphy's Law says you will lose power when you least expect it. For that reason, I would suggest a UPS. Along with the surge protection it does protect the PC and hard drive when (not if) a power failure or glitch occurs with the PC powered on. Momentary glitches (voltage sags or surges) are very common and unless you have a high $$ surge protector it won't do you much good.

I have a Cyberpower 850 AVR and it works with the newer "Active PFC" type PC power supplies. I see several references to Cyberpower UPS' that are Active PFC power supply compatible.
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02 Feb 2014   #4

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

I agree it's not "if" but when power goes off
I got this one at Fry's but it's reasonably priced,
APC BE650G1 650VA Back UPS - Walmart.com
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02 Feb 2014   #5

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Definitely get a good UPS. It's a small investment to make to protect your expensive hardware.
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02 Feb 2014   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Havoc,

Be sure to get one that has line filtering. This will help take care of the dips and surges in power fluctuations.

The model in your link does, and is a small investment compared to how much it would cost to replace your computer hardware.
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02 Feb 2014   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I'd like something thin like the Tripp Lite I posted about so I can put it where I need to. My PC tower and surround sound subwoofer will be in the same location.
Are Tripp Lite's any good?

This will be protecting my i7 gaming build that I'm in the process of planning.
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02 Feb 2014   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Tripp Lite and APC are both good brands.

I have an older APC Back-UPS XS 1500 to protect my system.
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03 Feb 2014   #9

Win7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Unless you're a business and can afford to replace the UPS units or the batteries often and write off the cost, I vote for a surge suppressor alone and to heck with the UPS if your power rarely fails.
Over the years I have owned four UPS devices: three from APC and one from Belkin.
Not one of them worked when the lights went out and I needed them most.
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03 Feb 2014   #10

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Ovenmaster, your experience is not the experience of most with UPS systems. A power strip does not protect during a power outage, only for surges if it is a high $$ surge protector.

However, I do not use or recommend Belkin products to my clients.
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