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A few tips on picking a UPS for your Mac
Authored by: Blittser on Oct 28, '05 04:07:15AM

I don't really understand what the difference is between a UPS, line conditioner and surge protector. IMHO, my priority is that power anomalies don't PERMANENTLY damage those hardware which I consider vital. I don't really mind if my computer switches off during a power failure, since it is incumbent on myself to save frequently before hand, and have triplicate backups.

Therefore, AFAICS, what I'd really need is a line conditioner +/- surge protector for my computer/laptop, external LCD and external FireWire drives. And surge protectors for my printers, modems, scanners. Using a UPS for an inkjet printer... seems like overkill really. I'd rather spend the money on protection (probably surge protectors) for my other expensive power items like a television, DVD player, amplifier.

Although I would preferentially spend money on having a foolproof backup strategy first.

Any thoughts?

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A few tips on picking a UPS for your Mac
Authored by: TrumpetPower! on Dec 13, '05 11:39:36AM

The only power conditioners I'm aware of come built into UPS units. That's the one-and-only reason I had my parents get a UPS.

That, combined with SafeSleep, means that they're unlikely to ever again notice any of the myriad problems they've had in the past with the poor-quality power they get.

Read the earlier comments in this thread for why you don't get power conditioners without batteries, but the short answer is that, if power dips, you have to make it up from somewhere. I suppose you could use a capacitor...but any such thing that'd get you more than a second or two of protection is likely to be just as expensive and difficult to engineer as an honest-to-goodness battery.



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