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Do UPS units help make TiVos last longer?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by buscuitboy, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. wkearney99

    wkearney99 Bill Kearney

    Dec 5, 2003
    I think that's the one I've got. There's a sliding panel on the bottom that covers the battery. Just replaced the battery in one of the three I've got.

    I typically end up replacing the batteries in mine around every three years. It's a simple swap for most APC units. Some Belkin POS units make it a huge hassle to unscrew everything to get to the batteries.
  2. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

    Sep 19, 2006
    In the ATL
    I've replaced 2 APC 550VA batteries in the past year and got both from Amazon sellers for less than $20 shipped. They work fine. Not the OEM APC brand mind you, those are way overpriced and all they do is slap their sticker on some other battery anyway.
  3. jjberger2134

    jjberger2134 Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    good to know. I am going to try a battery swap between my two units and maybe buy 2 batteries anyway since these units are most likely around the 3 year mark if not older.
  4. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    A lot more often than I would like. We just had one last month. We probably get at least 4 or 5 a year.
  5. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    I don't lose power here very often but we have a lot of power surges. Sometimes it can be several times a day. All my UPS units will kick in if the power surge exceeds a certain voltage.

    And the same goes for a brown out. Within the last few years we had one leg of the transformer in my area go out. So suddenly the voltage was down to around 70 volts, It was this way for almost ten minutes before the transformer completely went down. So I was glad to have all my electronics connected to over a dozen UPSs. And I was able to use my equipment during the four or five hours it took them to replace the the transformer.
  6. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    4 or 5 hours? :eek: You must have some hefty UPS'es!
  7. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    I use a bunch of the APC 1500 models with the extended runtime battery. I get up to 18+ hours of runtime depending on what devices and the number of devices I have connected to each particular UPS.
    My TiVos are covered for over ten hours.
  8. Kerwin51580

    Kerwin51580 New Member

    Sep 20, 2012
    New York...
    I finally bit the bullet and got a UPS for our living room electronics -- a Cyber Power CP1350AVRLCD. This summer will be our first with TiVos and we have occassional brownouts throughout the season.

    The UPS was a bit overpowered for my needs -- at full load, all my equipment (TV, XL4, cable modem, router and TA) barely use 10% of my batteries' rated capacity. It also does make my whole setup look neater. I hated staring down at my TV stand and seeing a bunch of plugs connected to a dusty white surge protector.

    I'd probably get the same kind of UPS for the bedroom and a pure sine wave version for my computer.
  9. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    You can use the same type of UPS for your computer. It will work just fine. I've been using UPSs on all my PCs for over 17 years and on my electronics for over 14 years with no issues. I've never used a pure Sine wave UPS and out of the hundreds of devices I've used on them, the only issue I ever had, was one 32" HDTV I had made a humming noise when running on battery power. I never had an issue with the hundreds of other devices I used on the UPSs.

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