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Old 04-30-2017, 01:16 PM
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Default Flicker me this, flicker me that... Need UPS advice

Happy Sunday to all,

I live in South Florida, home to the thunderstorm capital of the US (I've been told), and Florida Power & Light (FPL), source of not the most consistent power. I get cleaned up power through a PS Audio P5 but I recently have a new power problem that happens before the juice gets to the P5.

Starting a month or two ago, I am getting power flickers (momentary drops of power to "0"), sometimes as frequent as twice a day, sometimes 2 or 3 days go by without one. I am getting worried about my sound and video equipment and other powered things in my house, Even if my equipment is not adversely affected, it's a real pain in the ass. I have to run to the other side of the house to turn back on my NAS, the DIRECTV boxes can take 15 minutes to restart and recycle, cable modem and routers take 10-15 min to get going--like I said, a pain... I was already starting to look at whole house surge protection and my house was built to take a emergency generator including automatic transfer switch which I will probably drop in before hurricane season. The power drop-outs, however, are such that power is back before a generator would kick in, even if I already had it. So, it looks like I need a UPS, or maybe several. Any recommendations would be appreciated, and I also have a couple of questions:

1. For my P5 and the equipment powered by it, will a UPS protecting it adversely affect the south? Are some UPSes better at not negatively affecting the sound of equipment supplied through the P5? Which ones?

2. My DIRECTV boxes are not on the P5- would that warrant a different (model) UPS?

2. Besides sound and video equipment, I would want to protect my cable modem, routers, etc. - would these want a different model UPS to be optimal.

3. Are there different types of UPS I should be aware of? I m is of APC, and other brands to consider?

Thanks,

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Old 04-30-2017, 01:29 PM
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Default Flicker me this, flicker me that... Need UPS advice

First thing I'd do is call FPL and have them put a power monitor on the line to your house to help identify the severity (frequency and duration) of the problem so THEY can address it rather than you.

But it's never a bad idea to put a UPS on your network stuff (NAS & modem) and on the Directv stuff for protection as well as to prevent them from long reboot times. I use several APC UPSs; not on my audio gear though. If there's a hint of bad weather, I unplug my amps, preamp, server and DAC.

Good luck!

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Old 05-01-2017, 02:19 PM
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You could consider an APC unit with a built-in battery backup. Enough juice in the battery to allow you to power you equipment down properly in case of a rolling brown out.
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Old 05-01-2017, 09:56 PM
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I agree with Cohibaman: get the power company involved since this is a recent occurrence ("one or two months ago").

A UPS would be useful for your computer, modem, and direct tv to avoid/eliminate having to reboot.

I think that you would need a sizable UPS to take care of the audio equipment and electronics. So maybe your best bet is to talk to the folks at PS Audio. They may be able to have experience with equipment that works well with the P5.

In any event, something is not right with the power that you are getting and the power company needs to get involved.
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Unfortunately PS Audio doesn't make any UPS power units.
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First thing I'd do is call FPL and have them put a power monitor on the line to your house to help identify the severity (frequency and duration) of the problem so THEY can address it rather than you ...
I agree, absolutely. Electric utilities are governed by tariff, and it sounds like FPL is failing to meet minimum performance. It's also likely that you're experiencing other deficiencies in your service, and that the flickering power is just the most obvious symptom.

However, it's also possible that the problem is not with FPL, but in your house. The cause could be corroded circuit breakers, corroded connections from the service entrance to your main breaker, or loose connections somewhere. An electrician can check this for you.
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