schwepes on 13 Jun 2008 01:54:39 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] How to figure out my UPS needs

Beef up the electrical circuit to your car's cigarette lighter and then
buy a DC AC converter at a truck stop.  Your car becomes your generator.

On Wed, 11 Jun 2008, Tim Allen wrote:

> Most of the affordable battery solutions ($100 - $200) will buy you about 15
> - 20 minutes for a few devices, and excellent surge protection (much better
> than surge strips). I have three - one has both my cable modem and router
> plugged into it, which lasts about 20-25 minutes during an outage for our
> laptops. I have another for my TiVo which now lasts about 20 minutes, but
> used to last 10-15 when I required a cable box be on as well (the new TiVo
> takes cable cards, hoorah). The third I just use for the extra surge
> protection, since we get power spikes, so I keep all my expensive but
> delicate electronics on consumer grade battery backups.
> If you're looking for a day or more, you're going to want to look at either
> a natural gas or diesel failover system. These start their pricing in the
> $20,000 range.
> It is kind of ridiculous that there is really no solution between 15 minutes
> and 15 hours, isn't it? I mean, you could buy a gas generator, but that
> would require you to go outside, fire it up like a lawnmower, and keep gas
> on hand.
> BTW, I'm by no means an expert in this field, just my experience over the
> years.
> Regards,
> -Tim
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Michael Leone
> Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 3:48 PM
> To: Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [PLUG] How to figure out my UPS needs
> > I am trying to figure what I need in case the power goes out for more
> > than a day.
> More than a day? You want to run everything on battery power for more
> than a day?
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