What UPS To Buy As Fast As Possible

How should you pick the right UPS for your computer so you’ll be prepared for a power outage?

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  1. DEfan on December 14, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    So how do I calculate the amount of power that I have uses? As you can tell, I’m just an end-user! I have a modem, monitor, signal booster (for cell), the main computer (desktop with be quiet! SYSTEM POWER U9 500W BRONZE), and cordless phone base. I have a UPS APC-ES750 and replacement batteries never get past 8 months before I need a new one.

  2. Milenium on December 14, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Ok BUT laptop battery is keeping it longer than an ups Desktop PC

  3. Jp Silver on December 14, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Ehhh load shedding.

  4. starscream89 on December 14, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Funny how UPS delivers UPS to your home.

  5. N Yonemura on December 14, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    so if my pc uses a maximum of 470w, i have a 650w psu, how many va should i get?

  6. Sauvik Roy on December 14, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    I just find this so much fun: 0:28, I could put it on loop and listen to it for an hour!😁
    Great video as always!

  7. what on December 14, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    yeah, but how to check what is the typical wattage load from my pc

  8. Mauricio Deer Olague on December 14, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    so if I have a PC Build with an average wattage consumption of 500w (+ monitor) but my PSU is an 850w 80Plus Bronze, how much VA does my UPS need?

  9. Replicant Monk on December 14, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    NERF gun? Perhaps a 12 gauge!

  10. Good Night on December 14, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    My PSU is 450watt , is it ok to use 650va UPS ?

  11. GA Comics on December 14, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    I have a question: we have our own central heating in the home and there’s a device with its battery (like the big one in cars) that keeps the heating pump working in case of power outage (otherwise the heating boiler would literally explode).

    Can I plug my PC into that device? The device is only used during the winter so this will give me enough time to save for a more expensive UPS.

  12. The_DankSmith on December 14, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    You forgot to mention that this can also protect you against voltage spikes. But the power supplie already has a fuse and the primary and secondary sides are isolated each other so its almost impossible to damage parts like cpu gpu mobo ram…

  13. exess on December 14, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Yeah just lost my 2000$ pc

  14. LinkinPark4Ever1996 on December 14, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Remember folks, you need a pure sine wave UPS for your tower PC…

  15. Manuel on December 14, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    As an individual you really only need this in the US, or other developing countries. Here in Germany I’ve never had an unscheduled power interruption ever.

  16. Jafar Uddin on December 14, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Is it ok to use a line-interactive UPS for my GTX 1080 or should I drop some cash on a good online UPS?

  17. Kirk Vincent Monte on December 14, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    so 3080 and r9 3900x so almost 500+ watts from what i research but i have 625VA UPS. can i still do put it on my UPS just to shutdown and protect from surges?

  18. Groov13 Gaitonde on December 14, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    my ups is dead after playing rage 2 for 20 mins at 1920×1080

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  20. Max TheWinCat on December 14, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    You should mention difference between active and passive UPS

  21. Hi I'm Skildrix on December 14, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    What is the weakness of a UPS? The answer is always Windows Updates

  22. kirbythebamf on December 14, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Just used a "killawatt" meter on each device at a time to calculate before i buy a UPS. Now i’ve got to decode how UPS wattage works

  23. Amellia Mendel on December 14, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    No actual info here. I work at home on a PC I need a ups that can power a PC, monitor, and wireless gateway for at least an hour.

  24. RatedRAngel on December 14, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    We need an updated video reviewing this year (or last) best ups since pc gaming has been going up, specially this year.

  25. USNVA on December 14, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    UPS devices are stupid! Make one of these with a full size 12 volt AGM battery and give it a man’s 1,000 watt PSW inverter. People Beware: If you still decide to purchase a UPS for your electronics, DO NOT use any power inverter other than a pure sine wave. In other words DO NOT use modified wave!

  26. David Johnston on December 14, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    I discovered recently that some forms of Linux will display the battery level of a UPS connected via USB in the same way it would show battery life on a laptop, making it easy to see right from the desktop.

  27. PacSmacks on December 14, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    How about doing a bios update. Which would be recommended for a ups? I’m not trying to spend $200 unless it’s necessary don’t really care if my work gets loss but if my motherboard breaks then that’s a big ass deal

  28. Colin McMahon on December 14, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    It’s the "mentally challenged" persons.

  29. Tiham Md on December 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    does power outage damages any pc parts like motherboard or drives?

  30. Patrik Pavlik on December 14, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    WTF XD

  31. Xeno 145 on December 14, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Hello😊 what kind of UPS would you recommend for PS4 Slim and pro?

  32. Chris on December 14, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    A UPS is like a fire extinguisher; you really want to have one on hand, but you hope it never becomes necessary.

  33. Tim Taylor on December 14, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    VERY helpful years later. Thank you guys!

  34. Fusions3789 on December 14, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    I bought 2 ups and it smelling like its burning is that normal?

  35. Sean Bradshaw on December 14, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    This was by far the worst video I’ve seen from Linus Media Group. Doesn’t answer the question, and 20% of the video was commercial. I’m disappointed.

  36. MrExistentMemes on December 14, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    EMPs be like: slowly disappearing

  37. Patrick pixy Anson on December 14, 2020 at 10:52 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?

  38. 이주연 on December 14, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    I will just use my tablet.

  39. Laughing Man on December 14, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    "As quick as possible" yet wastes time on unfunny jokes

  40. Shobith S on December 14, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    which ups should i buy for a Playstation,HELP….

  41. Akira Kush on December 14, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    I know about the data saving, but what about damage to the parts? electricity here goes out a lot, will getting shutdown and spiked ruin my pc?

  42. Suhan Miah on December 14, 2020 at 10:58 pm


  43. Patricio Pantheleon on December 14, 2020 at 10:59 pm

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  44. Hard Gaming on December 14, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Better buy pure sine wave inverter ups ,that way you can use much more things

  45. mspider12 on December 14, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Thats why they call it a tech quickie, its too quick for tech, but plenty of room for sponsors. Unless Linus is in it, I seldom watch.

  46. Georgian C on December 14, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    loved this happened 2 nights ago in Bucharest i hate outages as i have expensive computer and other devices 🙁

  47. Justin Leong on December 14, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    0:28 my house suddenly goes black out.. God Damnn

  48. Zach Matthews on December 14, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    The tip about the food in your fridge is definitely a great point to make. It’s one thing to expect normal power outages from anywhere from like a minute to an hour or two. But if your power outage lasts for multiple hours on end my suggestion would be to not open the fridge or at least not open it anymore than you have to in order to preserve coldness for as long as you can. It happened to me twice now where the power has been out for more than 16 hours and fridges all though they are insulated aren’t designed to hold temperature for very long. Though there was a lot of food I could save, there’s also a lot of food I had to throw out after the power came back on. I would definitely recommend a UPS and quite frankly I’ve actually bought one that cost me almost $8,000 but it covers what I consider "essential things." It’ll keep my fridge running for an extra half hour(or an hour if that’s all I have plugged in.) But I also have a lot of smaller ones around the house for my computer. And I actually have one that I paid about 800 bucks for just so I can use an LED lamp in the event that it ever happens again just so I have light. Off the grid with the LED light (and possibly my phone charging) for about three and a half to four hours. The other thing I did was buy a gas powered generator which of course is less useful for a PC but can be used to charged a UPS. IF ABSOLUTELY NEEDED. As well as a couple other things. I would recommend having power backup of one form or another that’s adequate for your bare minimum needs. And I would consider bare minimum far below your everyday standard because in the event that you have to use it you’re not going to be in normal circumstances.

  49. Jay Zoned on December 14, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    question. my psu is 600w. but my pc usage is just around 300+w including monitor. will 600w ups work?

  50. Walter Goes on December 14, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    00:31 AH-GAIN-ST- THIS Is it just me, or does he say "against" weird

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