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Friday, August 20, 2010

When the Electricity’s Out, Try an Unexpected Power Source (UPS)

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We all know how common it is for electricity to go out as a result of thunderstorms. It’s an inconvenience none of us wants to experience. My friend Bruce in Canada came up with a nifty idea for having light during a recent power outage, and it made his neighbor curious. How did he have light?
He connected a lamp to the UPS (uninterrupted power supply) of his computer.
Bruce said a UPS is essentially a storage battery and inverter, so he thought he’d experiment. He tried light bulbs of various wattages and found a 15 Watt compact fluorescent bulb lasted a little over two hours. A five Watt LED bulb lasted five hours. Low wattage bulbs gave light comparable to that of a candle.
He also powered his cordless phone to call the power company when electricity was out. He doesn’t have a cell phone, but thinks a UPS might charge one in such a situation.
You can click here to view Bruce’s recent blog post for more info on his experiments with light bulbs.
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What do you think of Bruce’s idea? Have you tried any similar experiments? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.