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. darthporkius on May 6, 2021 at 12:44 am

    You hear that!? No vacuum cleaners!!

  2. Regine Rhey on May 6, 2021 at 12:47 am

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

  3. DeLaRafi on May 6, 2021 at 12:49 am

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

  4. Vladimir Paulino Alvarez on May 6, 2021 at 12:50 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

  5. Asmar Morad on May 6, 2021 at 12:51 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 ❤️❤️❤️

  6. Ibrahim Saba on May 6, 2021 at 12:53 am

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

  7. Jon Smith on May 6, 2021 at 12:56 am

    Coffee’s for closers.

  8. Sachin T on May 6, 2021 at 12:56 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

  9. Jim Scarborough on May 6, 2021 at 12:59 am

    Piss poor video.

  10. Joyce Marie on May 6, 2021 at 1:00 am

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

  11. Eric Draven on May 6, 2021 at 1:00 am

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

  12. viciouz25 on May 6, 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?

  13. Yessey Araneta on May 6, 2021 at 1:01 am

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

  14. KoolKatBeatz on May 6, 2021 at 1:01 am

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

  15. noeleen falkner on May 6, 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

  16. Stv Prod on May 6, 2021 at 1:05 am

    Fun man i like him

  17. Noah Mullins on May 6, 2021 at 1:05 am

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

  18. Dam Son on May 6, 2021 at 1:09 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?

  19. Hanzz on May 6, 2021 at 1:10 am

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

  20. Sealof TheLiving on May 6, 2021 at 1:10 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

  21. Steven Alhedek on May 6, 2021 at 1:11 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

  22. Tomsonic41 on May 6, 2021 at 1:11 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…

  23. b dm on May 6, 2021 at 1:14 am

    informative and entertaining – thanks!

  24. Alberto Marcelloni on May 6, 2021 at 1:15 am

    This guy clearly has beef with his neighbour

  25. Aijaz Ali on May 6, 2021 at 1:17 am

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

  26. Ekta Chakraborty on May 6, 2021 at 1:17 am

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

  27. Yessey Araneta on May 6, 2021 at 1:18 am

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

  28. SubigirlAWD _ on May 6, 2021 at 1:23 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 ❤

  29. Betonoszlop on May 6, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Super informative and useful vid thanks

  30. Clark Henderson on May 6, 2021 at 1:25 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.

  31. Maddy Muhat on May 6, 2021 at 1:28 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

  32. Allan Amisola on May 6, 2021 at 1:28 am

    coffee is not important. i tell you that

  33. Mantikal on May 6, 2021 at 1:28 am

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

  34. AkG Miscellaneous Zone on May 6, 2021 at 1:31 am

    heyo people, seeing the comments three years old

  35. Christian Ian Tortogo on May 6, 2021 at 1:31 am

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

  36. damanwazhere Elliott on May 6, 2021 at 1:32 am


  37. Jay Farinacci-Fontecha on May 6, 2021 at 1:32 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???

  38. Batman on May 6, 2021 at 1:33 am

    What about a mid-tier gaming laptop?

  39. John Lupo on May 6, 2021 at 1:33 am

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

  40. kotowari_dokii min on May 6, 2021 at 1:33 am

    Haha love the intro

  41. TheChrisnextel on May 6, 2021 at 1:34 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).

  42. Daniel on May 6, 2021 at 1:37 am


  43. Rakend Raj on May 6, 2021 at 1:38 am

    thanks, bro

  44. Sasuke Uchiha on May 6, 2021 at 1:42 am

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

  45. App Actualizadas on May 6, 2021 at 1:42 am

    Nice video

  46. Hari Bonda on May 6, 2021 at 1:42 am

    coffee is not important! 😁

  47. RR team Republic Channel on May 6, 2021 at 1:42 am

    can i use it on My 60 inch Smart tv?

  48. Cecil Wampler on May 6, 2021 at 1:43 am

    I was going to use it to operate my laptop during power outages. I’m glad I saw your video before I bought one.

  49. G P on May 6, 2021 at 1:43 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?

  50. LonelyNowCozy on May 6, 2021 at 1:43 am

    Thanks homie!

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