Clean Power

Posted by: Diamondog

Clean Power - 10/22/13 04:28 PM

Looking for some guidance on clean power. I am interested in having the best environment possible for clean power, protection from spikes, outages etc. I don't know much about this stuff. I have been having a look at some APC units: http://www.apc.com/products/family/index.cfm?id=310

Specifically the J25B and J35B, can anyone guide me?

My setup includes

AVR
LED TV
PC
PS3
Posted by: dakkon

Re: Clean Power - 10/22/13 05:10 PM

Where does the root of your interest come from? Do you live in a rural area that does not have reliable power for surge supression, I would get a whole house surge suppressor and be done with it. As far as fluctuations in voltage,have you measured the voltage at your wall throughout the day, to see if there is any fluctuations? If your in a major metropolitan area, this should not be an issue...


If you could elaborate as to the rational for your question, I think you will get a better answer.
Posted by: SirQuack

Re: Clean Power - 10/22/13 08:26 PM

just plug everything right into your outlets. i do recommend a dedicated circuit though for the AV room.
Posted by: JohnK

Re: Clean Power - 10/22/13 09:42 PM

If by "clean power" you're mainly concerned that your sound quality isn't diminished by imperfections in the power coming out of the wall socket, your audio equipment already "cleans" it. The power supply sections have transformers, rectifiers and filter capacitors which process the AC coming in and furnish clean DC for use. There's no need to spend money on an external unit to do this.

If, on the other hand, the primary concern is possible damage to equipment caused by lightning, etc., as has already been mentioned, the installation of a whole house surge protection system can be effective against events which the equipment can't handle routinely. Separate individual units don't have similar protective ability.
Posted by: Diamondog

Re: Clean Power - 10/23/13 09:56 AM

Ya I guess the biggest concern is power outages, spikes...I live in a residential area fairly new but seems like every time there is a storm of any kind the power goes down. More concern for damaging equipment, I have spent enough money that I really should make sure that I've done what I can do, what is reasonable.
Posted by: AdrianD

Re: Clean Power - 11/08/13 07:35 AM

I don't think you need a battery backup unless you intent to use your equipment during power outages. A surge protector should be enough; also, no matter which or what kind of device you have... there is no 100% guarantee it will protect your devices, but it can reduce the chances of damage.
I was unlucky to have my house struck by lighting (no external damage though) and all the stereo equipment along with many other devices were fried. Dedicated power circuits, good APC surge protectors etc. Freak accident for sure.
Posted by: BlueJays1

Re: Clean Power - 11/08/13 08:23 AM

Originally Posted By: Diamondog
Ya I guess the biggest concern is power outages, spikes...I live in a residential area fairly new but seems like every time there is a storm of any kind the power goes down. More concern for damaging equipment, I have spent enough money that I really should make sure that I've done what I can do, what is reasonable.


Losing power is not going to damage your electronic equipment - the actual hardware. It is essentially the same thing as turning off the device. Software could become corrupted if it isn't properly shut down or you could have data loss like on a computer.

Now there are instances when you lose power and when the power comes back on, devices don't work. That's not from losing power but from an actual surge that occurred simultaneously.
Posted by: Nick B

Re: Clean Power - 12/09/13 04:33 PM

Originally Posted By: AdrianD

I was unlucky to have my house struck by lighting (no external damage though) and all the stereo equipment along with many other devices were fried. Dedicated power circuits, good APC surge protectors etc. Freak accident for sure.


How was APC at covering the loss? All of these companies claim to cover up to $100,000, etc. during such instances.