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Will an UPS use its power supply all the time?

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a b ) Power supply
January 1, 2013 12:40:29 PM

I plan to get a 400watt ups in case of power loss. Will the power supply in the ups power my computer all the time or will the power go straight through the wall to my computer? Im pretty sure 400watt is not enough and it may just go boom after extensive use, but it should be enough for when the power goes out in this rotten house.

This will be my first ups so pardon the dumb question :-)

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a b ) Power supply
January 1, 2013 1:11:23 PM

The UPS usually detects power from the AC wall outlet and bypasses (if the battery is charged all the way). Then when power goes down, UPS detecs it and kicks in the battery power.
January 1, 2013 1:15:13 PM

It depends on what UPS you purchase, most of the cheaper UPS's are line-interactive meaning that it uses a Autotransformer that switches voltage as it see's fit depending on what kinda power is coming out of the wall outlet. With this one it runs on A/C power via the wall when it detects overvoltage/undervoltage it makes up for the voltage with a transformer instead of using the battery at any time it detects a power fluctuation unless it's a really big spike or complete AC power loss then the battery will intervene.

Here's a visual to better understand

There are double conversion UPS's that filter all output power through the batteries first. This is the best protection but the most expensive.

So to answer your question your computer will draw AC power from the wall and switch to battery power when needed(unless you have a double conversion UPS)
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a b ) Power supply
January 1, 2013 1:16:53 PM

Thanks Orlean. Forgot to add the part about depending on the quality. :) 
January 1, 2013 1:25:03 PM

cball1311 said:
Thanks Orlean. Forgot to add the part about depending on the quality. :) 

My pleasure :)  I just recently purchased one myself so I was doing allot of research regarding UPS's.