Windows 10: Do I want the APC Back-UPS or the APC Voltage Regulator? Solved

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  1.    26 Oct 2017 #1

    Do I want the APC Back-UPS or the APC Voltage Regulator?


    Thanks for taking a look at my question.

    So, to put it plainly, if I do not care about battery back-ups but want the other protections, will the APC Line R voltage Regulator accomplish what I need? I want to protect my 17 inch notebook PC from surges and power fluctuations that can harm a PC over time. Thanks!
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  2. Posts : 6,002
    Windows 10 Pro Build 1709
       26 Oct 2017 #2

    Hi tonightwetaco

    From reading documentation it looks like all you need although as I understand it your laptop gets power from battery any way so you are really just protecting charging system.

    I went with UPS with same function so my modem / routers, cordless phones etc would also be protected. If my cable modem shuts off, or flickers, it takes several minutes for it to reestablish, wanted to avoid this.

    Ken
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  3.    26 Oct 2017 #3

    Personally, I would do the UPS. It warranties equipment plugged into it from power surges, etc. And in the event you have a power outage, it provides you with power for things like a small radio, clock, etc. I used mine once to run the air bubblers for my fish tank during an extended power outage.
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  4.    26 Oct 2017 #4

    thanks for the help you two
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  5. Posts : 31,106
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       26 Oct 2017 #5

    Definitely the UPS route. Just one blip is enough to send an hours worth of updates down the tube, or worse. I got my Cyberpower 1500 last April, and never regretted it.
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  6. Posts : 307
    Win 10 pro Upgraded from 8.1
       26 Oct 2017 #6

    Definitely the UPS route, the APC ones do a lot more than act as a battery back up. Mainly they line balance protect your AC Adapter from power surges and brown out. I use this one it has lithium battery very light weight and covers everything that is needed. I travel with my Asus G752VY 17" and use is as a desktop replacement. I'm on boats barges and ships with flakey electrical supplies I would be with out one.
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  7.    26 Oct 2017 #7

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    Definitely the UPS route. Just one blip is enough to send an hours worth of updates down the tube, or worse. I got my Cyberpower 1500 last April, and never regretted it.
    i am finding a lot of the answer confusing sorry.

    the Line R Voltage Regulator has a surge protector built in, doesnt that protect against the "1 blip" issue?

    i just want to protect my notebook from those power fluctuations that degrade electronics overtime. The Voltage Regulator does that and also has surge protection. What am I missing that you all kep suggesting the battery backup as well? I don't need a battery backup because the notebook has a battery built in.


    also, APC told me I can plug the Voltage Regulator into my 2000 joule surge protector if I want. Doesnt that solve the "1 blip" issue as well?
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  8. Posts : 31,106
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       26 Oct 2017 #8

    tonightwetaco said: View Post
    i am finding a lot of the answer confusing sorry.

    the Line R Voltage Regulator has a surge protector built in, doesnt that protect against the "1 blip" issue?

    i just want to protect my notebook from those power fluctuations that degrade electronics overtime. The Voltage Regulator does that and also has surge protection. What am I missing that you all kep suggesting the battery backup as well? I don't need a battery backup because the notebook has a battery built in.


    also, APC told me I can plug the Voltage Regulator into my 2000 joule surge protector if I want. Doesnt that solve the "1 blip" issue as well?
    Sorry, the wording and terms can get a little wacky. The blip I'm speaking of is a momentary loss of power. Surge protectors protect against spikes, but not severe brown-outs or power outage. Laptop with battery? Sure, the UPS with battery is kinda redundant unless you want to keep the charger on clean continuous protected power. It all comes down to the specific application.
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  9.    26 Oct 2017 #9

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    Sorry, the wording and terms can get a little wacky. The blip I'm speaking of is a momentary loss of power. Surge protectors protect against spikes, but not severe brown-outs or power outage. Laptop with battery? Sure, the UPS with battery is kinda redundant unless you want to keep the charger on clean continuous protected power. It all comes down to the specific application.
    i understand better now, thank you. Regarding specific specifications. What I want to do is leave my notebook/charger plugged in at all times and have it be protected from spikes/low and high voltage issues etc.. Basically nice and clean supply of reliable current.I assume if there is a loss of power the notebooks battery will kick in. Thanks!
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  10. Posts : 307
    Win 10 pro Upgraded from 8.1
       26 Oct 2017 #10

    Yes, and with a UPS during a line power dropping the UPS will kick in to maintain constant power supply so they work both ways power spike the battery kicks in to maintain constant line voltages.
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