Power cuts

Bigbusiness

Experienced member
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Just had short power cut here. There aren't many of them but if I was trading at the time it would be a pain.

I did read about someone using a back up power supply for PC's but can't find the information. Can anyone recommend one?
 

Henry

Active member
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Personally I use a little APC BackUPS personal UPS. Despite having a three phase supply to my house, the overhead powerlines in this rural area make electricity a real lottery, and even as I write this the UPS is clicking away between battery and mains every few seconds as the power dips. You can run a phone line through it for the modem too in case of lightning strike (a neighbour recently had three modems blow up within a month!).

Have a look at dabs.com or microwarehouse.co.uk - shouldn't cost more than about £50 or so.

H.
 

JonnyT

Senior member
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Hi H,

A £50 UPS won't last long with complete power failure. For trading buy the biggest and best you can afford.

JonnyT
 

Henry

Active member
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Hi JT, it's currently telling me I'll get 10 mins out of it, which is enough time to close any open trades :)
Agreed it's worth getting the best you can afford when trading.

H.
 

Sledgehammer

Member
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My wife works in the utility industry and has seen a report that forecasts that in Oct & Nov we will need the interconnector from France to satisfy peak demand, and that from Dec to Mar 04, even with the interconnector, we do not have the capacity for peak demand. There will be regional rotational outages.

She is insisting that we get a, say, 2kW generator.
 

Henry

Active member
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That could be interesting - here in France they are having to switch off power stations because due to the extreme heat they cant cool them! They've already bent the rules about dumping hot water back into the rivers. Still, forcast is for it to start cooling down in October.

H.
 

JonnyT

Senior member
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The latest I saw is that France has been buying Electricity from the UK and not the other way round of late...

JonnyT
 

Bigbusiness

Experienced member
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Thanks for the replies. 10 minutes is usually enough for me ;) . I might go for a Belkin Universal Ups 800va. It costs £90 and can power a PC and a 17" monitor for 45 minutes.

Will have a good look over the weekend.
 

Scripophilist

Active member
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I've been building up a secure and tolerant system at home. Would be interested in what rating generator I would need to run my systems. I have no perception of rating I need. Any advice would be welcome.

I will probably go for a UPS so it buys me some time before I need to switch to a generator.
 

JonnyT

Senior member
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A PC will typically take 600 Watts+

Therefor a 800VA UPU would last < 30 minutes.

The use of TFTP screens increases this time as does a Laptop with a pucker mobile processor.

If you intend to trade seriously then I think a 3000VA beast is the minimum requirement.

JonnyT
 
 
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