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Video: Without Power, There is No Security

Protecting Your Security System – Power is critical to security.

A properly implemented power protection system eliminates the possibility of security system outage or damage due to power problems. Minuteman’s product line has become a favorite of both users and installers thanks to an unbeatable combination of tailored solutions, helpful features, and incredible value.

See for yourself why Minuteman is the Leader in Security Power Protection on our Security Page.

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In-Depth: Uninterruptible Power Supplies

Which UPS system is right for you?

WhichUPS_ThumbnailAll Minuteman UPSs provide full protection from power problems such as blackouts, brownouts, sags, surges and spikes. There are three different types of uninterruptible power supplies that vary in terms of how protection is delivered to attached equipment. The three types are standby, line interactive, and online.

Please keep reading to find the perfect Minuteman solution for your power protection needs.

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Living Large Part 1: Large UPS Installation Considerations

Specifying 2kVA and larger UPSs presents a list of challenges, but we’re here to help!

mm_server_roomThe benefits of a UPS, or uninterruptible power supply, are well known to most in the electrical field. Installation of smaller systems is fairly straightforward in most cases – simply select the proper system and connect it to utility power and your equipment. However, the story can change dramatically when looking at larger single phase systems.

Join us for the first of a three part series looking at the special considerations installers and users must consider when moving to a larger UPS installation.

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PowerNews: DMV Power Outage Makes the Wait Even Longer

DMV power outage sends Woonsocket Rhode Island residents scrambling – could power protection have prevented the closure?


For most people, the Department of Motor Vehicles is low on the list of go-to destinations for the summer. For residents of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, the normal trip to the DMV was made worse by an area-wide power outage last Tuesday afternoon.

Along with the DMV office, hundreds of homes were left without power for the afternoon. The cause was determined to be an animal which gained entry into power equipment, according to officials from National Grid.

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TechTip: Minuteman CCTV Power Guide

The latest camera spec means nothing without a reliable power source

cctv_power_guideCamera technology is advancing faster than ever – just open a security industry magazine and see it for yourself. 4K resolution, 360-degree view, infrared night vision; pure science fiction at your fingertips. None of it, however, matters much without the proper power protection plan in place.

Without power, every camera has the same resolution, field of view, and contrast ratio – zero. Fortunately, Minuteman has made the process of selecting the proper UPS system for cameras and DVRs a simple one with our new CCTV Power Guide. Find out more after the jump.

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PowerNews: Gentlemen, Start Your Flashlights at NASCAR Blackout

In the leadup to Phoenix NASCAR race, lights go out leading to delay

nascar_blackout_in_phoenixThe 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.

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PowerNews: Point Proven – NY Power Outage Costs Businesses Thousands

Village-wide Power Outage Leaves Greenport Business Owners Reeling

Main street in american townThe Long Island village of Greenport recently experienced an extended power outage, with some businesses facing up to 12 hours in the dark. The village is a destination for thousands of tourists each year, leaving hotels, restaurants, and other shops reeling in the wake of the power problems as visitors left he area.

What was the total damage? That is hard to say, but one business owner claims to have lost more than $10,000 in refunded reservations during the outage. The question facing these businesses now is what caused the outage, and what could have been done to prevent their losses?

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PowerNews: Power Outage ‘Hiccup’ Briefly Halts Summer Fun

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?

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PowerNews: Underground Fire Leads to Extended Power Outage

South Bend Power Outage Due to Underground Fire Leaves Businesses Scrambling

south_bend_fire_power_outageDowntown South Bend, Indiana faced a rather unusual power outage this past weekend when a fire ripped through underground passages, eventually damaging power delivery lines for more than 800 customers. Problems began Friday evening, and officials estimated that repairs could last into Sunday evening.

What was done in the meantime to keep area businesses online? Read on to find out >>

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UPS Warranty: Navigating the Maze

ups_warranty_mazeDecoding the sometimes treacherous world of UPS warranty plans

As we’ve discussed in our Newbie’s Nook posts, a UPS is essential in protecting valuable equipment and businesses from downtime and power problems. But what’s protecting the UPS? That’s where our lengthy, non-prorated standard and extended warranty plans come into play. Much like insurance or airbags, most of us hope we will never need a warranty – but we are sure glad it’s there if we ever do need it.

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