This Sunday, the world will be watching – and a blackout would be devastating
Planning a gathering of friends and family for the world’s most-watched TV event this Sunday includes many considerations – selecting the right hors d’oeuvres, finding the optimum seating arrangement, hooking up that extra TV in the bathroom, and of course power protection!
Home theater power problems can strike at the most inopportune times (as the admins at the Superdome found out a few years ago), and a house full of people waiting for the next touchdown throw certainly falls into that category. Let’s take a look at how easy it is to protect your home theater system.
In the leadup to Phoenix NASCAR race, lights go out leading to delay
The start of Friday evening’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 150 was scheduled for 8:30 pm local time – a power outage affecting the western side of Phoenix had other plans, however, leaving much of the track which was not backed up by generators in the dark.
Drivers sat outside their vehicles and fans looked on from the stands, waiting for more than an hour for the lights to come back on so the race could get underway – those headlights on the front of the trucks are just stickers, after all. What caused the delay? Read on to find out.
Rides at Canobie Lake Amusement Park grind to a halt as power fails
Summer fun for many families means cotton candy, midway games, and of course, roller coasters. Guests at Salem, New Hampshire’s Canobie Lake Park recently got a surprise when a power outage occurred, leaving them stranded on several of the park’s attractions.
Backup generators kicked in after a few minutes, allowing all rides to return their passengers without incident, but what lessons were there to be learned from the outage?
Furry animals surpass countermeasures to bring down power
We’ve talked before about the wide range of things that can cause a power outage. One of the least predictable is wildlife, with outages being caused by snakes, rats, and even owls in the past. Officials in Richmond, Indiana recently learned that even the best countermeasures can be outsmarted when a pair of crafty raccoons managed to enter a substation.
The power feed from the station to hundreds of homes in the area was knocked out when the animals came in contact with electrical breakers, shorting out the supply and leaving residents in the dark. Read on to find out what prevented the situation from being even worse.
Power is great, but it’s how you can control it that counts
Since the advent of network communications, engineers have found ways to make life easier by connecting devices together. This has, of course, extended into the realm of power, with UPS network management making life easier for admins and technicians with widespread devices under their watch.
Summer-esque heating bills shock North Texans after cold winter
In early March we shared the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ (ERCOT) warning about conserving electricity as temperatures plummeted. The threatened rolling blackouts never happened, but it seems the chickens have come home to roost as a substantial number of customers across the area are facing unusually high power bills according to the Dallas Morning News.
While us Texans are accustomed to sticker shock when bills arrive in July and August, writing a fat check for power in March is a bit unusual.
Explore The Critical Role of Security System Battery Backup and Surge Protection
Most business owners and administrators would agree that a functional security system is at the top of the priority list for their organization. It’s surprising, then, that a vast number of these systems in the field have no backup power protection in place, and risk failure when power problems occur.
What are the considerations when backing up a security system? How much backup runtime should a DVR or Fire Alarm system have? How can you be sure you are prepared? Fortunately, we have answered all those questions and more in the Security & Power White Paper.
MLB’s new replay system foiled by harsher critic than fans: Mother Nature
When sweeping changes come to an institution more than 100 years old, there’s bound to be some critics – but who knew Mother Nature was a baseball traditionalist? In a Spring Training game this past Thursday, a storm in the area delayed first pitch by more than an hour, and that was just the beginning of the weather-related fun for teams and their fans.
New rules instituted for 2014 allow the review of certain plays, such as a called out at third base that occurred in the 7th inning. A freak power outage, however, had other plans for the questionable call.
With frigid temps descending on Texas, Reliability Council warns conservation is key
Most of us are aware of the threats spring storms pose to our power – the lightning makes it pretty apparent in most areas of the country. Along with that, the threat of rolling blackouts during summer heatwaves can also loom large. But what about winter?
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) released a warning early Sunday morning, as Texans (us included) huddled for warmth inside their homes. The general idea was simple: electric conservation would be required, otherwise an an overload of the grid may occur, leading to a loss of electrical reliability (generally, rolling blackouts).
What were their recommendations for conserving power? Read on to find out..
In-depth: EnterprisePlus LCD RT vs. RTXL – which one is right for you?
A few weeks back, we launched the all-new EnterprisePlus LCD UPS in our PowerNews Newsletter (you are subscribed to that, right?) and here on the PowerBlog. Over the coming weeks we’ll be taking an in-depth look at several of the new features on these units, starting with this first post – RT vs. RTXL: Which one is right for you?
So, what are all those numbers and letters at the end of the new EnterprisePlus LCD models anyway? While they may look a bit random, each one serves a purpose in explaining exactly what the unit is capable of. Come along and we’ll show you.
"Only 15 minutes after I installed an MN 325, I suffered a total power failure and the unit worked as advertised. Talk about timing! I haven't had any other power failures since, but I know that if I do I'll be protected."
- L. Neidow - Kentwood,