Originally Posted by tpbuen23
I am about to purchase a 50" Panasonic UT50 Plasma. Will I need a battery backup for this or will a surge protector work? Please suggest any that you think would be sufficient in supporting my tv. I will probably also plug my PS3 into it as well, but nothing further.
Our area is prone to numerous Brief Power Outages, particularly during Challenging Weather Conditions (high winds; heavy rain / snow; extended heat....).
Have therefore grown fond of UPS (battery back-up systems) with AVR circuits, and have roughly a half-dozen scattered around the house - mostly attached to computer stations, but also our main "HT" components.
If you are more concerned about Fluctuations in your power supply, as opposed to Power Outages, an AVR unit should suffice (power regulation without battery backup). Our eldest son has a nice unit from APC connected to his primary HT equipment & swears by it.
Note that UPS systems have a finite life span: generally 2 to 3 years. And that their batteries CAN run down to the point that they will fail to provide ANY run time, even though the "Replace Battery" signal has not been activated!
Of course, you will NOT get a significant amount of run time for HT equipment from any consumer UPS unit - even with most computer stations you are simply talking about enough time to "Gracefully Shut Down."
However, you may find that a good UPS will keep things running for the type of "mini-outages" that we often experience - sometimes literally Just Long Enough to reset the electronic clocks!
For a possible bargain, check out the new units CostCo has picked up from CyberPower: our local store is selling these for around $90, and their Published specs are better than the TrippLite units they formerly carried.
Also offer a 3-year warranty, which seems encouraging.
Otherwise, would look at APC - and you should be able to find a discussions about their products (and competitors) by searching about....