Power Back UPS....

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by DaleBesh, Mar 31, 2004.

  1. DaleBesh

    DaleBesh Stunt Coordinator

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    I was curious if anyone was using a battery powered UPS with their PVR/Sat.receiver?

    I just ordered a DVR from Dish, and plan to use a small (350 V/A)UPS. I understand there is a remote possiblity that programming data could be lost if power is removed while the HD Is writing to the disk.

    Technically, there is no reason a satellite system can not be kept fully alive during a power failure as long as the PVR/receiver is still powered up. Considering no pc fans or monitor hooked up, the UPS should be keep it alive a reasonable time. Of course you can't watch, the TV would suck the UPS down in no time!
     
  2. Robert_J

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    I use a cheap Energizer 250 V/A UPS I picked up at Circuit City for $10 (after rebate). We have a lot of blips that would cause the DirecTivo to re-boot. It's worked great for those. I haven't tested it to see how long it will stay running though.

    -Robert
     
  3. John Giddens

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    I've got a UPS hooked up to my Replay's, works like a charm. Since PVR's are mostly if not all computer parts it isn't an issue. I hooked them up to a UPS for those rare occasions when the power would go off for a second, and I would end up losing allot more than a second worth of the show recording. I also haven't put the run time to a test.
     
  4. Jeff Bamberger

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    I just bought an APC 350v UPS for my SA TiVO. I did NOT get it to "keep it running (during a prolonged outage)". My concern was that computer/hard drive devices are much moire susceptible to failure due to surges/fluctuations......typical surge protectors may not really help these types of devices...

    I live in northern MA near the NH border. Last week there was a surge out of a power station in downtown Boston (a good 45 minute drive at the speed limit). We "felt" the momentary effect of that blip....I had a momentary Green screen of death (about 1-2 seconds). After almost three years, I decided it was time to spend $40 and get the UPS to protect against complete hard rive failure, which in my mind is much more worrisome than losting some settings or a recording. Bonus is that I can route the phone line through it which will protect the TiVO's modem.

    Bottom line, $40 is nothing to protect a TiVO.
     

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