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Re: Plugging an UPS into a surge arrester or plugging in...
There should be no problem with what you are trying to do, one way or another. Just be sure not to overload your UPS (battery protected outlets). I myself have a power bar connected to my UPS to increase the number of battery protected outlets and everything works fine.
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the battery back-up will smooth out the voltage, You will definitely need a battery in or else it will beep nonstop and drive you batty! the APC should have surge protected outlets already built into it. And since you will be using it outside of a computer environment, im guessing on a worksite, there will be nothing extra you need to do besides plugging it in. I would suggest plugging it into a stable voltage for the first hour or so to allow it to charge the battery.
Yes it will work just fine make sure that the outlets you are plugging into the 3 are surge protected. Thanks for using FixYa! Most battery backups and backup modules are surge protected on-board. John
Yes, it can. I have replaced more than a couple of poorly made Chinese gel-cells after fairly brief service.
Also, you can extend your UPS's service time before the battery is depleted by turning off the monitor and settings the Power Management settings to power-down hard drives after 10-20 minutes.
In my experience, the ratings on UPS systems is wildly optimistic regarding their backup capabilities.
Also; the protection against lines surges caused by even distant lightning strikes is fairly minimal.
If this is in your home, you might consider installing a 'whole house' surge arrester.
Depending on the maker, they offer up to $10,000 in damage insurance to cover any losses not prevented by their devices.
The plug-in strips with 'surge protection' have a 50 cent component in them to clamp spikes to ~200VAC and these even get tired with repeated surges and eventually become totally ineffective.
If the battery checks out OK, the circuitry responsible for switching from AC line to backup mode may have already been damaged during the storm.
Switching to the 'surge protector' mode really only provides mildly conditioned AC line and involves no active electronics.
that is because the power outlet it is plugged into probably doesn't have a steady voltage. which means that if more things are plugged into the outlet then the power could be going from 120 volts to 99 volts to 130 volts and it could be going up and down like that. your ups thinks that when the power goes really low or really high their is a power outage or surge. so it clicks to battery. then when the voltage steadies out it clicks to house current. you will need to configure the ups to have to tolerate that kind of voltage. by plugging the data cord in to your computer it is either a Ethernet to usb or usb to usb, you know a cord that plugs into the ups to the computer to let you configure it.
Considering the low draw of power you intend for the UPS it will work well. I have two monitors on a strip plugged into UPS along with desktop, routers and modems, UPS handles all well, it's just shortens battery backup times. Have had to power down from outages several times without any probs.