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UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) - Is it a fire hazard?


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I work in healthcare and we swear by UPSs because we are 24/7 and anything to help with service interruptions and hardware/application damage is a help. The only issue we run into (and personally I run into as I have several UPSs in my house - key for my network components) is battery failure and  replacement which is a minor pain in the butt.

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Pretty much. Expensive, but hassle-less.

It really depends on how it is connected though. Tesla Powerwall 1 has only 2kW of power, not enough to power anything more than a kettle... Powerwall 2 is more reasonable (5kW, enough for 2 kettles and a desktop pc).

There are many considerations: What do you want to run? Is it a laptop, a fridge, an air conditioning? Are you building a temporary solution (just run a desktop PC for a few hours), or a permanent installation (off-grid)? How often the power outages happen?

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On 5/29/2017 at 3:04 PM, duaner said:

Q. Is UPS a fire hazard?  A. No, UPSs are not a fire hazard.

I was deployed to the Middle East with the Marines in 2003. I watched a UPS catch on fire and have to be put out with a fire extinguisher 

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