Originally Posted by Woodrowe
Frankly, I don't see the rational in using a UPS with a tv...at least with respect to "protection". The real-world purpose of a UPS is to keep a computer or other data retentive devices up and running temporarily during a sudden power outage so that time can be had to backup such data. The real "protection" for your devices comes from the "surge-suppression" part, not the "UPS" part. Moreover, there are some UPS's that don't even have surge suppression built in; some have more than others. If a UPS has, for example, has only 400 joules of built-in surge suppression, you have very little protection for your devices in regards to line surges, brownouts, spikes, etc. Imho, it is, without a doubt, better to put your money into a dedicated surge suppressor with a high joule rating.
Granted if you're a gamer and knee deep into it (the game, that is), then the rational for a UPS could be warranted.
My .02 anyway.
You are correct. In fact, the whole power surge thingy is absurd. I have been "doing" electronics and communications equipment since the 1960s. Older equipment had poor voltage regulators and surge was a real concern.
Modern stuff is well protected internally. I have a ton, and I mean a ton of communication equipment, hometheater gear and misc electronics in my home. No protection. Nada.
On Monday the power transformers on the back of my property exploded during a severe ice storm...power swooped on and off and then bang...another bang...bigger bangs (transformers down the line were exploding)...power gone. Sparks are flying all over my backyard...live wire flapping in the wind.
Power restored earlier today. Everything is fine. My $75,000+ of communication gear all unaffected, my three plasmas all fine...my PJ fine.
UPS? Monster power bars? Are you joking?