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Old October 16, 2011, 01:44 PM
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Approx once every month or two, the power will go out for 2-5 seconds max. The only time I lose power for longer than is during a serious storm that does serious damage.

Is there anything I can get (cheap) that will keep my desktop running for 5 seconds if I get a power drop? I'm not interested in buying a full blown UPS that will run the machine for 5 minutes.

My rig probably averages 375W. I doubt there is any kind of battery, or short duration UPS out there, but thought I'd ask anyway.
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Old October 16, 2011, 02:15 PM
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Grab a cheap power meter first to determine how much load you're drawing typically.

You're probably looking at a 800-1000VA unit though as the bare minimum, which runs about $100.

You might be able to get away with a 400-500VA unit though if you literally only need seconds, but I think most of them have overload protection so it might not even work if it detects you've exceeded it's rating.
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Old October 16, 2011, 02:57 PM
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here is one. runs for max load 30mins.
min load 10mins

NCIX.com - Buy Cyberpower CP350SLG GreenPower UPS 350VA 255W Simulated Sine Wave RJ11 EMI/RFI USB/SERIAL 6 Outlet - CyberPower - CP350SLG - in Canada
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