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15 October, 2008

bloody power cut

Well, as mentioned yesterday, today is an important day for Apple's announcement. (BTW, what else can be more important than Apple news?) Right after watching the Apple Keynote on this morning's Special Event and just started writing a report on today's announcement, I lost the power. Lucky that my UPS (uninterruptible power supply) kicked in.

There's my main backup power device bought from Jaycar in April.
1500VA UPS (uninterruptible power supply)

(as usual, more photos follow...)

Until today, I've never had to use the backup power as I haven't experienced power cut since I bought this UPS device. Besides providing back-up power, it comes with a surge protector as well as regulating output waveforms.

This is a non-brand UPS device I got from Jaycar. It was the highest capacity one available there. Boy, the UPS device is very heavy. (Large batteries are heavy.)

Here's the photo of where I put the UPS.
1500VA UPS (uninterruptible power supply)
My iMac and two Firewire 800 external HDDs are connected to it.

Actually, less than one week of purchasing above UPS, I bought another one. Not exactly a UPS, but a surge protector with battery backup.
Belkin Surge Protector with Battery Backup

Belkin Surge Protector with Battery Backup

This one is more like a powerboard, three out of six outlets have power backup protection. Again, the weight of it is not light. I connect my ADSL modem and Time Capsule (1TB) onto the battery protected outlets of it.

To complete this entry, there's a photo of my Belkin SurgeCubes (surge protectors):
Belkin SurgeCubes

The UPS provides me about an hour of power usage (iMac and internet connection) during today's power cut. If I needed to access internet for longer, I could've switched to my MacBook Pro and use Vodafone mobile broadband for emergency internet connection.

I think I might need more backup power devices, perhaps a backup power generator. Well, you can never have too much protection.

(to Don: Antony is poor.)

This entry has Lightbox effect enabled. Click on the thumbnails for larger photos.

related blog entry:
Vodafone mobile broadband (29 March 2008)
presenting MacBook Pro (15-inch 2.5GHz) (11 March 2008)
my new iMac has arrived (3 November 2006)

Posted by Antony on 15 October 2008 7:16 PM | gadget
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Instead of all these gadgets, you could move to Kingsford village where we never have power interruptions!
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 15 October 2008 8:23 PM.
That sounds like a good alternative.
Posted by Antony Shen on 15 October 2008 10:23 PM.
Since I have most of my DC stuff hooked up to a single power supply, I assume that I could run it all in the event of a power outage by unplugging the supply from the mains, and then attaching a few of my camcorder batteries in parallel to the 12-volt rail on it.
Since I have a new laptop battery now, I guess that if the power goes out, I can still use the built-in modem to get online for a few hours.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 16 October 2008 12:07 AM.
If my understanding is correct, the 12-volt batteries you have aren't designed for backup power supply.
Posted by Antony Shen on 16 October 2008 11:42 AM.
Correct, they aren't, but I do know (and have confirmed) that they'll power things like my Ethernet hub and headphone transmitter anyway. That was when I was trying to use the batteries as a medium to power those things through a solar panel.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 16 October 2008 1:18 PM.
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