caton3 wrote:oh wow! I learn something new - what is a UPS? Where can I get one?Verizon is on my short list. They keep saying they'll fix the easement problems (their fault or predecessor's fault in initial filing) and install FIOS on my street, but it's all lies, lies, lies - and badly told ones at that. Hey, they have a 51% stake in Directv, so they have no interest in giving me anything else - they've got me now, but I'm trying hard to leave.
UPS stands for Uninterrupted Power Supply, and it's basically a big battery that automatically turns on if there is a power failure. Just think about the battery in your laptop. If it's plugged in, the laptop automatically uses AC. But once you unplug the AC, it automatically feeds off the battery. No information is lost because your laptop doesn't shut off.
The UPS is basically a surge protector with a rechargeable battery in it. Cost depends on the features and capacity of the battery. The larger the battery, the more power it can give out (i.e. for more gadgets plugged into it, or more power hugy appliances) for longer times. Special features include loud alarms, digital displays, remote warning (some can text message or email you when there is an outage), etc. I've seen some really cheap ones for as little as $29, while the best home units may go up to about $200. Search Amazon. NewEgg also has UPS units on sale almost weekly. Just make sure the electrical output matches your needs.
If your goal is just to power your Cable/DSL modem and Telo, then a small battery is fine. This means placing the Telo as your first device. If you plug your Telo into a router, then you'll need to power the router as well, and a larger battery may be better. The router is also needed if you plan on using any WiFi devices during the blackout, i.e. to websurf.
If you get blackouts regularly and you want to power the Telo, a modem, router, your computer/monitor and charge devices like your cellphone, MO3 player, etc, and maybe even plug in a low power LED lamp and radio, get a large heavy duty UPS.
Make sure to follow maintenance instructions to extend the life of the battery. One major mistake a lot of people make is to plug their laser printer, laser photocopier or paper shredder into the UPS. THESE SHOULD NOT BE PLUGGED INTO A UPS OR SURGE PROTECTOR. That's because they draw A LOT of power and can cause huge surges by themselves, stressing the UPS. For example, when my laser printer is first turned on, heating the drum causes my room lights to flicker. If there is power outage, and your laser printer is turned on, it will create a huge power draw from the battery, shortening its lifespan. Only use the UPS for things your absolutely need on during a power outage.