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Power Conditioner - useful or not?

Ages ago I picked up a Sola 200 power conditioner while cleaning out an empty computer shop.  This thing is heavy and has an output of 1 kVA.  It makes a humming noise while in operation but that is normal for the device from reading the manufacturer's specifications.

Now is a power conditioner more useful than a UPS?  Below are the specifications for this beastie.

220 or 240 Volt AC
Input Voltage Range +10%, -20% (±40%)
A and B waveforms suppressed to safe levels
Nominal Voltage
220 or 240 Volt AC
Voltage Regulation
±3% for +10%, -20% input
+5%, -8% for ±40% input
Response Time
Return to regulation envelope within 30 msec.
Dynamic Response Continuous and smooth correction for input voltage fluctuations
200% of rated load for 10 seconds without damage. 500% of rated load for 10 msec.
Transverse Mode
60dB typical (80dB max) 4kHz to 20MHz
Common Mode
120dB typical (140dB max) 2kHz to 1MHz
Less than 3% THD on linear loads.
No greater than 5% on typical computer loads
Output short circuit protection

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a power condition usually only controlls power fluctuation from surges and brown-outs it doesn't act as a full batter backup unless it specified to run an attatched device under so many volts for a certain period of time and i don't see that in your specs
so it won't work as a battery backup (UPS)
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The thread, unfortunately, does not seem to be accessible.

But the Google cache does work fortunately but just for the first page.

I do have an old UPS I could put into service but I need to find batteries for it.  They will probably be lead acid rather tnan Nicad.
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If you live in an area where the electrical power suffers surges frequently, then you may be helped by the use of a power conditioner. What you want to find out about the conditioner is if it is just a series of high priced inductors, filters and surge protectors or if it is of a design that actually does double conversion with completely regulated and shaped output.

Most of the high priced power conditioners are marketing marvels, but do little to actually provide clean power as they claim. If you get down to the exact claims, you will find they cover a pretty narrow spectrum of the power issues one might expect to encounter. One thing that they are intended to suppress is harmonics that are superimposed on the power line that may “leak” into the audio or video. Truth is some brands will do a good job with the upper (higher frequency) harmonics and a poor job with the lower harmonics. The problem is while it looks good on a graph, in practice the lower frequencies will have a greater effect on equipment than the high frequencies as most power supplies in equipment will not pass the high frequencies through their transformers, but will pass the lower frequencies.

There are some power conditioners that use what is called double conversion in where the AC line is converted to regulated DC and then the output is another conversion back to AC. What you end up with is a completely regulated and shaped sine wave output that is isolated from the line power. This type of power conditioner is recommended over the surge protectors. For a discussion comparing these two types of power conditioners see:

Taking this double conversion one step father adding a battery in the DC power stage will allow for momentary power outages to prevent satellite receiver reboot or the shock to high powered lamps in DLP, LCD and LCOS type displays. Here we are talking about a Uninterruptible Power Supply or UPS.

Now bear in mind there are three types of UPS units and depending on the use and the degree of protection you desire, will determine the type you will want to consider. The three type are Offline, Online and Line Interactive.

From http://www.opti-ups.com/whatsups.phtml:

Standby UPS (Offline)
The AC line is the primary power source. The battery/inverter circuitry supplies the load in case of a power failure for fluctuation. Any drop in the voltage or current is detected by the UPS, which automatically switches the battery into the circuit, cutting of the main power line-thus allowing the battery to supply the required power. The transfer time should not take more than 4 milliseconds, as this is the tolerance limit of a typical computer power unit.

On-line UPS
This UPS operates with the inverter as the primary power source supplying the load and therefore there is no transfer time in case of power failure. This type of ‘on-line’ power eliminates any interruptions in the flow of electricity. And since it uses more electronic wizardry than offline UPS, it is priced higher. Besides the high price, on-line UPS also have the disadvantage of high running costs and temperature. Since the battery acts as the primary power source to the system, an on-line UPS battery charger has to be powerful enough to generate enough power to compensate for the battery’s power drain. This conversion from AC mains to DC for the battery and back to AC through the inverter results in a 25-to 30-percent power loss. The heat generated as a consequence of the power loss shortens the life of electrical components and reduces battery life.

Line-Interactive UPS
This is the topology used by the OPTI-UPS ES & PS series. The AC line power is the primary source and is being constantly filtered. In case of a brownout condition the automatic voltage regulation circuitry is activated to correct the problem. The battery and inverter circuitry supplies the backup power in case of a blackout.


Now in my mind the Online will give you the ultimate in power protection and conditioning for your system and if you live in an area where you have particularly dirty power, this would be a good solution. It is also the most expensive. A good second choice is the Line-Interactive UPS where the inverter output tracks the line voltage and is ready to provide a seamless switch to UPS power when trouble arises. The main advantage of this type UPS is the reduced current required by the inverter circuitry, thus increasing its life expectancy. It has been my experience that this is the best overall UPS for home theater use. The Offline UPS because of the switching time will cause a very short power outage of typically 4ms which is normally not going to cause the connected devices any problems, but in my mind it would be better to spend a bit more money and eliminate the power loss altogether.
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Yep.  Getting slack in closing my questions.  

Components are those devices that are internal to a computer -- the PC boards, the central processor (CPU), the memory (RAM), disk and video controllers and so on.

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