Protecting My Computing Hardware


As you are probably aware, I recently lost my hard disk.  All of a sudden it went dead.  I lost some information, but not the most sensitive, since I save this information online.

The sensation of having a dead computer is terrible.  It just sits there in front of you doing nothing.  It drives you crazy and makes you grit your teeth and pull your hair.  In order to spare myself from similar experiences, I decided to buy an UPS which I had deferred for years.  I think it was because of procrastination more than anything else.

Yesterday I went out to Yoytec Computer and bought a Forza CL-750B uninterrupted power supply.  I paid $55.97 for this puppy  including VAT.

The rated capacity of the UPS is 750V/375 W with a battery backup time of approximately 20 minutes.  The battery type is 12V/28W).  It provides full protection such as; discharge, overcharge and overload protection.  It has five battery backup outlets and five surge protection outlets.  Modem/Network surge protection is also featured in this appliance.

Now I feel more relieved.  If there’s an electric storm out there, I don’t care.  If the power goes off, I don’t care.  If I have electrical glitches all the time, I don’t care.  It’s nice to feel protected.

To capture the moment of unpacking the UPS, I took several photographs of the historic moment in my life.  (Tongue-in-Cheek).  Take a look at my latest acquisition.  Here we go.

Picture of the box of my Forza UPS.  (Credit:  Omar Upegui R.)
Picture of the box of my Forza UPS. (Credit: Omar Upegui R.)
Picture of how the appliace was packed inside the carton box.  (Credit:  Omar Upegui R.)
Picture of how the appliance was packed inside the carton box with two white foam paddings on both sides. (Credit: Omar Upegui R.)
The Forza UPS outside of the box with its English/Spanish manual, a power management software disk and a USB Port cable included.  (Credit:  Omar Upegui R.)
Photograph of the Forza UPS outside the box with its English/Spanish manual, a power management software disk and a USB Port cable included. (Credit: Omar Upegui R.)
Photograph of the UPS outside of the box and ready to go.  (Credit:  Omar Upegui R.)
Photograph of the UPS outside of the box and ready to go. (Credit: Omar Upegui R.)
Photo of the five battery backup outlets; it also has another five surge only outlets for a total of ten.  (Credit:  Omar Upegui R.)
Photo of the five battery backup outlets; it also has another five surge only outlets for a total of ten outlets. (Credit: Omar Upegui R.)
Picture of the UPS three LED indicators.  The green LED lighting is for the AC mode; the red LED lighting is for the fault mode and the yellow flashing LED is for the battery mode.  (Credit:  Omar Upegui R.)
Picture of the UPS three LED indicators. The green LED lighting is for the AC mode, the red LED lighting is for the fault mode and the yellow flashing LED is for the battery mode. (Credit: Omar Upegui R.)

Forza Power Technologies is the name of the manufacturer located in China.  Not a bit surprised.  (Credit:  Omar Upegui R.)
Forza Power Technologies is the name of the manufacturer located in China. Not a bit surprised. (Credit: Omar Upegui R.)

This is it guys.  Now I can tickle the ivories without thinking about my power supply problems.  Ahhh, it’s nice to feel protected for a change.  The only small black cloud that remains on the back of my mind, is that this is a China made product.  Good Day.

13 thoughts on “Protecting My Computing Hardware”

  1. One of the big advantages of a UPS is the voltage regulation. The other, obviously, is that you won’t crash on a loss of power. Be aware, however, that thunderstorms can and will damage the UPS. I say that from personal experience, having just replaced mine. When we see the storm approaching now I shut down the computer, turn off the UPS and unplug it.

    Larry

  2. Hi Larry:

    Thanks for the alert. The carton box of my UPS reads: “Power Surge & Spike Protection: Equipped with a filter that will protect your equipment from lightning, spikes, overloads and short circuits.”

    Maybe we can’t believe everything that’s on print. Next time there’s an electric storm in my area, I’ll follow your advice.

    Regards,

    Omar.-

  3. I might be preaching to the choir, but on another note ensure a good ground exists for your UPS. The same is true for a surge suppressor. The ground conductor provides the exit path, if you will, for the excess energy that the MOVs shunt. I had to install a made ground for mine because only two receptacles in the house were grounded.

    Saludos

    Larry

  4. Hi Larry:

    My house came with grounded outlets in all the rooms; so I’m adequately protected. In Panama we call those outlets “chinos” (Chinese) because they look like a Chinese face.

    My new UPS also has a modem/network surge protection feature which is pretty cool.

    Take care,

    Omar.-

  5. Hi, hey I want to buy that UPS on Yoytec, but no one has answered my question: “Does this UPS works well? or if someone else has bought it and used it? tell me some experience with it”

    Looking for the date you posted this, does this UPS still working well? and can you tell me an experience with the UPS?

    Thank you!

    Hola, ey quiero comprar ese UPS en Yoytec, pero nadie ha respondió a mi pregunta: “¿Esto funciona bien UPS? O si alguien más la ha comprado y usado? diganme una experiencia con ella”

    Ey, viendo la fecha que lo posteastes, esta UPS todavia te sirve?, y dime una experiencia de que como te ha ido con ella!

    Gracias!

    1. Hello Francisco:

      Since I purchased this Forza UPS, it has worked flawlessly. In Panama electric power fluctuates continuously, and these spikes are dangerous to electronic equipment. I need a good UPS to protect my computer system and it was and still is a good buy.

      Yes, the UPS is still working like the first day. If I were you, I would go ahead and buy it without any hesitation. The price that I paid for was very reasonable as well.

      Regards,

      Omar.-

  6. Oh, thanks for the answer!, so I will buy it!

    PD: The reason of why buy this UPS is because last week or two weeks ago, all Old Panama(Panama Viejo) electricity goes off by many times, that made me feel so terrible, and I was using my PC on high capacity, that cause my UPS crash, and all the electicity of my home goes off, also it causes an overload of the panel control of the electricity of the house, now the problem still, my dad can solve it, but he’s not at home at day, just at night. and some power conections works, and the others don’t. 😥

      1. Hi Keith:

        My computer knowledge is rather superficial; that’s why I try to protect my equipment as much as I can. So far everything is working fine. Thank you for your thorough explanation of how an UPS works.

        Best Regards,

        Omar.-

  7. Re: The carton box of my UPS reads: “Power Surge & Spike Protection: Equipped with a filter that will protect your equipment from lightning, spikes, overloads and short circuits.”

    In electronics the word spike is defined as a very rapid rise in voltage that last for a very, very short time. Usually in milliseconds but sometimes in nano seconds. There is no connection to the current or power level. Nano second spikes often can not be stopped because they are so fast the circuitry can not react fast enough.

    If the UPS has a voltage regulator, that is a transformer based regulator, then that transformer will “push back” against a rapid voltage rise and slow the spike rise time to the point that the circuitry can absorb or block the spike. Most UPS systems do not contain a transformer based voltage regulator that works when you are not running on battery power.

    Lightning does not have to hit the power line to cause a spike. Just hitting close to the power line can cause one.

    A lightning strike is when the lightning hits the power line in front of or going to your house. There is nothing that can stop this from turning your spike protectors and most often your computer (and anything else that is plugged in) into a melted lump other than unplugging the equipment when the storm gets really close. Luckily this rarely happens.

    So you are protected for most situations but not the worse case situation…

    BTW I use Forza voltage regulators before my UPS and I like the brand and regulators a lot.

    Good luck

  8. I bought several Forza 750va’s slightly different than the model shown here. A few days ago there was a power failure and the UPS was not fast enough to prevent a computer shutoff. If that is typical they are not much help here in Panama.

    1. A good UPS should back up your computer for at least five to ten minutes before it shuts the computer down. That gives you ample time to turn your computer off until the power is restored. Lately we’ve been having frequent power outages. Not a happy experience at all.

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