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    • Parrothead
      This is really starting to get on my nerves. Power has gone off, on, off, on, and now off again. Been doing this for the past 30 minutes, or so, I guess.    Piss on it. I will just leave the generator running for an hour or two. 
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    • Parrothead
      Where the Chinese disease will be spreading next...   They should have just moved on up to Battambang. 
    • Parrothead
      Yeah, as I recall, the longest power cut I have experienced anywhere in Battambang Province / City, was when we were living in that apartment building. That was what prompted me to purchase my first Honda EU20i Inverter Generator.         Unfortunately, unless you find an APC brand UPS, most all UPS systems are going to be Chinese shit. Granted, I will say, the ones I have purchased over the past few years have been "acceptable" Chinese junk. Thus far, I have replaced batteries once every year or two. Each of my (three) current UPS units are rated at 700 va, 750va, and 1250 va. The two units in the following image are the 750 va unit, atop the 1250 va unit. The upper one contains a single 12 VDC 11 AH battery. The lower one contains 2 - 12 VDC, 11 AH batteries, in series.     Either of these units, and (not shown) the Power Tree UPS, may be purchased at most local computer shops. The upper one cost me around $33 USD. The lower unit ran about $53 USD. (My Power Tree UPS also cost about $33 USD.) I have owned all of these (including the one not pictured) for at least two years. So, prices may be a bit higher now.   Costs have gone up slightly in price on batteries, since I purchased my first replacements. They run about $11 USD, for each 12 VDC, 11 AH rated battery. (Batteries for UPS units are sealed and are good for up to two years. Considering how shit mains power is in this country, I am truly surprised they last as long as they do.)   While APC will almost certainly cost more than the cheaper Chinese quality units, they are the top-of-the-line as far as electronics protection goes. I imagine the ones purchased here, will have been assembled in the Philippines. APC have a huge manufacturing plant in Cebu, Philippines.    I have owned many different brands of UPS units, over the years. APC, by far, is a far superior company. And, you can purchase PSW APC units. MSW is what is produced by most lower end inverters and (cheaper) UPS units. This power is "okay" for short term use. But, can seriously shorten the life of inductive electric loads powered by them. The two UPS units pictured both provide MSW power output. I use them to power my equipment only from the time of a power cut, until I can switch over to generator power.   If you are only going to run a single laptop off your UPS, you will not need anything more than a 500 va unit. That will give you ample time to finish what you are doing and to shut down your computer. And, chances are, when your unit stopped functioning, it probably only needed a replacement battery. Aside from that, they typically need very little maintenance. The reason I run so many, and larger units, is because I use them to power all of my important electronics - computers, monitors, sound systems, network modems / routers, cell phones and tablet battery chargers. They are cheap insurance, to protect your stuff from nasty mains power.
    • Parrothead
      I just just joking around, @andy. 
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