How to Properly Choose & Use a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply)


In this video I explain how to choose an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) to protect your computer and other electronically sensitive devices from damage due to storms or neighbors who like to play with circuit breakers. I go over what to plug into and what to avoid plugging into an UPS. Additionally I use a web calculator that is designed to assist people in choosing the correct UPS based on the equipment’s power requirement.

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  1. Jon Smith on April 27, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Coffee’s for closers.

  2. Eric Draven on April 27, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Coffee taste like ass.. I cant understand why anyone would drink that nasty shit anyway.

  3. KoolKatBeatz on April 27, 2021 at 12:27 am

    this an online or an offline UPS? i need one that will clean up the hum to my studio

  4. Jay Farinacci-Fontecha on April 27, 2021 at 12:27 am

    Question I own an APC Back-UPS Pro 1100 (BP1100). I just replaced the battery but after assembling the unit back I turned it on, the green LED turns on first blinks 36 times the goes off, at the same time I get a solid amber LED, beeping 4 times (5 times with a 30 secs interval). What can I do???

  5. Tomsonic41 on April 27, 2021 at 12:28 am

    I got myself a cheap low-capacity UPS just to protect my main PC; I like to leave it on overnight processing the day’s work. We occasionally get very short power cuts (less than 10 seconds) but still enough to corrupt the system or crash the hard disk! I’ve set the monitor software up so that if power isn’t restored within 60 seconds, the computer will shut itself down safely.
    I’ve heard that running the UPS all the way out, even when testing how long it lasts, is VERY bad for the battery and can significantly shorten its life though…

  6. Noah Mullins on April 27, 2021 at 12:28 am

    No! My coffee maker must be protected. My coffee cannot be interrupted by a brownout under and circumstances!

  7. App Actualizadas on April 27, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Nice video

  8. damanwazhere Elliott on April 27, 2021 at 12:31 am


  9. Steven Alhedek on April 27, 2021 at 12:32 am

    i had unpacked an intex ups 600va that was stored and this goes back to highschool days but i want to use it right now even though its not that much but still it will help me save work during an interruption or surge. but as i plug it in its not lighting up i know i will have to charge this for a long time before starting to use due to long storage and to sort of awaken the battery inside the ups right? but how should i know that this one is charging ior just dead and plugged as there is no lights as i plug it in. (theres no pc and monitor connected to it yet) 3 lgihts are backup, normal and standby and theres a power button. iudid not click anything.. should i power it on right after plugging to the socket to see what lights will i have or just plug and leave it plugged for about 12-24 hours before trying to turbn on? even though im not sure if its charging or dead already? because its old but im pretty sure it was working before it was stored years and years ago. Also one more thing i checked the fuse its intact but its kinda grayish inside like theres a metal sand inside./.. but its not blown up or something… cause i have 3 things in mind,,,, If its not broken dead, then it must be the fuse??? (not sure how to check fuse but this one is old but not blown up) or just need to plug and leave to re awaken the battery life… hey!!! i said alot of things here sorry … hoping for some rescue out there guys all over the world… spread that knowledge you have there buddy 😉 Godbless thankls in advanced

  10. John Lupo on April 27, 2021 at 12:33 am

    STOP STARTING SENTENCES WITH THE WORD "SO"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Sealof TheLiving on April 27, 2021 at 12:33 am

    APC is not good UPS. Most of the problem is their battery it won’t last. Specially if you use for CCTV for 24hrs use the battery will over charge. Way back 1997 Maxwell UPS is good brand. I don’t know if they are still today. I am looking on that brand but nothing. Nowhere to be found

  12. Christian Ian Tortogo on April 27, 2021 at 12:39 am

    do i still have to use an avr if my avr has avr that says true full avr(3 steps)

  13. Stv Prod on April 27, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Fun man i like him

  14. Vladimir Paulino Alvarez on April 27, 2021 at 12:43 am

    Thanks for the info, I’m on my way to build a setup and I needed to check the criteria to buy a new UPS

  15. Sasuke Uchiha on April 27, 2021 at 12:44 am

    For how long the ups 1000 would last powering up a : laptop, two monitors, and a router??

  16. Clark Henderson on April 27, 2021 at 12:44 am

    A UPS and battery back-up are not the same. A true UPS supplies power continuously, the battery backup units you described ONLY supply power when power fails. The difference can be major depending on the application. In most home applications a back-ups does a good job, if the application is critical a UPS is preferred. This is an excellent video for selecting a backups.

  17. Richard Opoku on April 27, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Java UI are so unique and yet not so beautiful to the eye. Great review by the way.

  18. Yessey Araneta on April 27, 2021 at 12:45 am

    I wish i am techie or can easily understand stuffs like this😅

  19. Maddy Muhat on April 27, 2021 at 12:46 am

    If i have 650w psu 80+ bronze, should I get atleast 1040va UPS? And also is getting simulated type enough or I really need the puresinewave? Please reply. Thanks

  20. Yessey Araneta on April 27, 2021 at 12:46 am

    I wish i am techie or can easily understand stuffs like this😅

  21. Hanzz on April 27, 2021 at 12:48 am

    "for the last time, Carl….COFFEE IS NOT IMPORTANT!!!"

  22. darthporkius on April 27, 2021 at 12:48 am

    You hear that!? No vacuum cleaners!!

  23. Sachin T on April 27, 2021 at 12:49 am

    i bought numeric 600 ups .I have 27 inch monitor;6gb 1660;550w smps ;ryzen 5 3600;16 gb ram;b450 tomohawk motherboard.I charged ups for 2 days.Suddenly when power is gone high sound came from ups and within 5 second entire pc turned off.What is reason.Should i need 1kva ups? pls help

  24. Rakend Raj on April 27, 2021 at 12:50 am

    thanks, bro

  25. G P on April 27, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Dan, can you recommend any UPS which can power a setup with 400-500W power draw and make NO noise while the power is on?

  26. SubigirlAWD _ on April 27, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Got three of the same one at 1500va but I use them in a different way, and not how they are intended, Cheap ebay solar panels with a cheap battery controller charging the 12volt lead acid batteries and use the inverter to power my ps4 and monitor.. I can play all night no need to plug it in to the mains 😎😉 you can hack these also, I love electronics ❤

  27. Aijaz Ali on April 27, 2021 at 12:54 am

    .People can’t stop (Up to 31% off APC Uninterruptible Power Supply and

  28. Allan Amisola on April 27, 2021 at 12:56 am

    coffee is not important. i tell you that

  29. RR team Republic Channel on April 27, 2021 at 12:56 am

    can i use it on My 60 inch Smart tv?

  30. Ibrahim Saba on April 27, 2021 at 12:58 am

    I have core i7 and I 650 va best one china and ddr4 8gb ram is it right?

  31. Betonoszlop on April 27, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Super informative and useful vid thanks

  32. b dm on April 27, 2021 at 1:00 am

    informative and entertaining – thanks!

  33. viciouz25 on April 27, 2021 at 1:01 am

    Thanks for the video. This might be an older video however, it’s still educational and informative. Looking around for 220-230V UPS and it isn’t common, Can you provide any link. The reason is that i want to sent it to overseas where they use 220-230V. Any ideas?

  34. Dam Son on April 27, 2021 at 1:02 am

    is it okay to turn off my ups then just leave it plugged in from the outlet or just leave it on the whole time?

  35. Asmar Morad on April 27, 2021 at 1:02 am

    I really really REALLY love this guy.. That’s the pure gold we miss nowadays.. The genuine content and performance .. REALLY loved the video bro ❤️❤️❤️

  36. noeleen falkner on April 27, 2021 at 1:03 am

    Hi power went out and on again power back up for computer is on fan is going is this normal? I am in New Zealand thanks for any answers

  37. Ekta Chakraborty on April 27, 2021 at 1:04 am

    I use coolar master 550 SMPS
    Can you suggest me which ups is good for me?

  38. Hari Bonda on April 27, 2021 at 1:04 am

    coffee is not important! 😁

  39. Joyce Marie on April 27, 2021 at 1:06 am

    am i the only one thinking how cute he is while watching the whole time? 😀

  40. AkG Miscellaneous Zone on April 27, 2021 at 1:06 am

    heyo people, seeing the comments three years old

  41. DeLaRafi on April 27, 2021 at 1:07 am

    "Dont plug ur vacuum in this" LOL!!!!!

  42. Regine Rhey on April 27, 2021 at 1:07 am

    Does this guy know he’s cute and funny? 🤣 I learned and had fun watching this. Thank you.

  43. Mantikal on April 27, 2021 at 1:10 am

    Should my sister plug in her vibrating "little best friend"?

  44. kotowari_dokii min on April 27, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Haha love the intro

  45. Batman on April 27, 2021 at 1:16 am

    What about a mid-tier gaming laptop?

  46. Jim Scarborough on April 27, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Piss poor video.

  47. LonelyNowCozy on April 27, 2021 at 1:17 am

    Thanks homie!

  48. TheChrisnextel on April 27, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Should I be unplugging my UPS when not in use? I have mine always plugged in and it gets warm (even when not in use).

  49. Alberto Marcelloni on April 27, 2021 at 1:21 am

    This guy clearly has beef with his neighbour

  50. Daniel on April 27, 2021 at 1:23 am


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