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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 12:30 pm    Post subject: Electricity Reply with quote

My wife and I are moving to Oria permanently in December and are unsure if it worthwhile bringing out a generator. Can anyone advise?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your house is connected to the mains then you shouldn't have a problem. I live in Rambla de Oria and we have the odd power cut but usually just a blip and very rarely more than five minutes.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ramblagirl wrote:
....we have the odd power cut but usually just a blip and very rarely more than five minutes.


Which should be a warning to amber2746!

Sensitive electronic gadgetry - computers, satellite receivers, DVD players, etc., etc. do not take kindly to this type of electrical failure. While a generator is probably not a requirement, UPS backup for things such as these is almost mandatory here.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not to mention the frequent spikes and brown-outs. I have seven UPSes around the place and they more than earn their keep. I also have a generator which kicks in when the power fails but, as Personal-CD says, a UPS is much more of a must-have.

In the event of a power cut the better UPSes will do a controlled shut-down of your computer before the battery runs out.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much does a simple UPS cost? -- I could probably do with one when I charge my laptop when in Spain (even though the laptop is normally turned off when I charge it).
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

msnorwel,

UPS approx € 60 / 80.ºº suggest don't bother bringing them with you because they may be cheaper - when you have put the adaptors in to take spanish plugs you lose some of the other sockets because of the overhang on the adapters.

Buy local with a longer warranty than the UK ones is another reason.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As with anything you get what you pay for with a UPS. I use these:

http://www.salicru.com/en/scl-twin-series

or a cheaper alternative:

http://www.salicru.com/en/sps-soho-series
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are using a laptop with it's own battery you would not need a UPS
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeffers - good spot!!!

I think I meant 'surge protector' rather than UPS -- I guess power spikes / surges coule affect a laptop when it is being charged or being used with the ac adaptor??

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

msnorwell wrote:
Jeffers - good spot!!!

I think I meant 'surge protector' rather than UPS -- I guess power spikes / surges coule affect a laptop when it is being charged or being used with the ac adaptor??
very good point, that is msnorwell, as iam up here i get them alot. lou lou
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