Backup power for modem?

Custom / CUSTOM
May 28, 2010 at 15:07:42
Specs: Windows XP, 3.008 GHz / 2047 MB
I am looking at uninterrupted power supplies, and most of them have a lot of outlets (like power strips) or they only provide enough power to allow you to shutdown your PC. What I am looking for is backup power I could use with my modem during a power outage. My laptop still works obviously, so it sucks that when the power goes out so does my modem and I cannot get online. Is there a product to power small electronics for a few hours?

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#1
May 28, 2010 at 15:23:50
LMAO...

Yeah, just scoot out and buy whatever UPS is currently on sale.

Compared to a pc, a modem uses next to zero electricity.

Gotta game during a power outage huh? If you want to save some money, buy a candle and a book.

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#2
May 28, 2010 at 15:26:58
Can anyone besides an immature kid who misreads topics reply? I am a businessman and I am looking for a small power supply to power my modem so I can still respond to emails from my clients during a power outage.

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#3
May 28, 2010 at 15:30:43
The "immature kid" is right. A modem uses barely any power, any small UPS will do the job. There are UPS's with very low VA ratings, and that should still run your modem for a long long time.

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#4
May 28, 2010 at 15:44:12
Something else you could try is a device called an inverter. You can get them in various wattage outputs. It doesn't run all the time like a UPS would but you would connect your system to it during a power outage. You have to hook up an external battery to it so you could choose whatever amp/hour battery you want. I have one with a 1500 watt output and I use a deep cycle marine battery to power it. I can keep my computer system running for several hours with it. Obviously you wouldn't need this just to run your modem but you could also keep your laptop going longer as well as a couple of lights in your living room.

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#5
May 28, 2010 at 15:45:24
I like the kid part. Thank you.

"Misreads topics"? Where did you say anything about email?

If I jumped to conclusions, it was because Greatgamer + modem + online + power outage = great chance for a wisecrack.

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#6
May 28, 2010 at 16:01:27
Oh ok sorry about the misunderstanding. I had this username on here for over 10 years, I do not play games anymore. My profile says I joined two years ago but that was when the webmaster finally updated this site since it had a 1995 design forever. I guess there is no such product that only has one or two outlets and powers small devices during outages, only the big heavy duty ones. Perhaps I should invent such a product :P

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#7
May 28, 2010 at 16:18:21
Just buy a small UPS...some are not much bigger than a good size power strip. Tripplite is one brand that comes to mind.

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#8
May 29, 2010 at 14:29:51
Is this modem for cable or dsl or for old phone line? In my
locality the internet service by cable goes out when the power is
out. I don't know about about dsl. Depends on whether it is
provided by telco or independent. If you have localized blackouts
then the provider may have equipment in an area that has no
power. So even when you have power, your cable may be dead.

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