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

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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.

Additional Resources:

APC product selector: http://www.apc.com/tools/ups_selector/

Tripp Lite product selector: http://www.tripplite.com/en/products/selectors/ups/index.cfm

50 Comments

  1. Giovanni Maglente on December 18, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Which is the best practice for the UPS after the connected computer is shut down?

    1) Turn off the UPS but let the UPS still plugged to main outlet (keep charging the battery)

    2) Turn off the UPS and also disconnect it from main outlet (the battery would discharge slowly in this state)

    3) Let the UPS keep turned on.

  2. Ekta Chakraborty on December 18, 2020 at 10:16 pm

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

  3. Richard Opoku on December 18, 2020 at 10:19 pm

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

  4. Noah Mullins on December 18, 2020 at 10:20 pm

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

  5. LonelyNowCozy on December 18, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Thanks homie!

  6. Mantikal on December 18, 2020 at 10:20 pm

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

  7. noeleen falkner on December 18, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    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

  8. jodon711 gaming on December 18, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    I was that scared updating my bios so i decided to buy a UPS

  9. TheChrisnextel on December 18, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    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).

  10. Jay Farinacci-Fontecha on December 18, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    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???

  11. CHIWATEQ HD on December 18, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    its Uninterruptible Power Supply not "Uninterrupted"

  12. Blank on December 18, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    hello so i buy ups where should i plug it because there is a bypass and output where should i plug it?

  13. G P on December 18, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    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?
    Thanks!

  14. Dam Son on December 18, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    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?

  15. Batman on December 18, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    What about a mid-tier gaming laptop?

  16. Jugoobhisham Bhisham on December 18, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    What voltage is measured between earth and neutral at the output of ups

  17. Yessey Araneta on December 18, 2020 at 10:27 pm

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

  18. viciouz25 on December 18, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    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?

  19. Sabit Mahdi on December 18, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    C O F F E E I S I M P O R T A N T ! ! !

  20. Patrick pixy Anson on December 18, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Can anyone help me with this, I am really worried.
    I know the battery of my ups is fully charged, but it’s warm to hot, it is plugged in and turned off. is this normal? apc bx650li-ms

  21. Fox Rivers on December 18, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    "Coffee is not that important" and "Don’t plug in a vacuum cleaner".

  22. Alberto Marcelloni on December 18, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    This guy clearly has beef with his neighbour

  23. Sachin T on December 18, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    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. GovSchnitzel on December 18, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    I hate your neighbors

  25. Christian Ian Tortogo on December 18, 2020 at 10:43 pm

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

  26. Jon Smith on December 18, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Coffee’s for closers.

  27. Prinz Heinz Ketchup on December 18, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    Lol why would you need UPS for a coffee machine.

  28. App Actualizadas on December 18, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    Nice video

  29. Regine Rhey on December 18, 2020 at 10:49 pm

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

  30. Jugoobhisham Bhisham on December 18, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    How to calculate offline working hour.

  31. Yessey Araneta on December 18, 2020 at 10:50 pm

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

  32. ΝΙΚΟΛΑΟΣ ΝΤΟΥΡΟΥΤΛΗΣ on December 18, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    Man recently i bought a new UPS and out of the box when i plugged in smelled bad and i put it in the garage in testing unplugged mode without any device on it. I hope the smell will stop tomorrow. Do you know what is cause of this problem. An acid or plastic smell.

  33. John Lupo on December 18, 2020 at 10:50 pm

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

  34. RR team Republic Channel on December 18, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    can i use it on My 60 inch Smart tv?

  35. Godfrey Nhlapo on December 18, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    What do I need to run my WiFi, tv and two laptops

  36. b dm on December 18, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    informative and entertaining – thanks!

  37. Sasuke Uchiha on December 18, 2020 at 10:54 pm

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

  38. RAGE 1011 on December 18, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    I need a ups for my coffee maker.

  39. LionBraveHeart Gaming on December 18, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    Doesn’t your circuit breaker regulate the power surge?

  40. Mustafa Hancer on December 18, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    Hello. Can I put UPS on my desk?
    Is it dangerous for me?

  41. Allan Amisola on December 18, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    coffee is not important. i tell you that

  42. Ibrahim Saba on December 18, 2020 at 10:59 pm

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

  43. float7z on December 18, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    i had a power outage while watching this.. what are the odds

  44. Clark Henderson on December 18, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    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.

  45. ΝΙΚΟΛΑΟΣ ΝΤΟΥΡΟΥΤΛΗΣ on December 18, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    I know a person that could have kill for the fucking coffee

  46. prajwal gondkar on December 18, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Should I keep my ups always plugged into mains even when its not in use? Because I just turn off the button of ups. Please advise

  47. Joyce Marie on December 18, 2020 at 11:06 pm

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

  48. AkG Miscellaneous Zone on December 18, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    heyo people, seeing the comments three years old

  49. Rice noodles on December 18, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    Very useful, I wanted to know the exact ups capacity I needed to purchase for my pc, thanks for the APC link!

  50. kulitmed on December 18, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    Noob question. Do you put your pc’s avr into ups or does the pc go directly to the ups? No more avr?

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