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Isobar On UPS?

Discussion in 'Other Discussions' started by PinkFloydEffect, Mar 26, 2020 at 9:11 PM.

  1. PinkFloydEffect

    PinkFloydEffect Regular Contributor

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    For a long time I have used a Tripplite Isobar for my home workstation with no UPS. Now I do have a UPS and I am wondering if I should still be using the Isobar? Is it redundant or a source or problems? I am pretty sure the UPS surge protection is better than the Isobar's right? Am I gaining anything by combining the two? I assume all the battery outlets on the UPS run on the same power rail, so connecting my devices to the Isobar and then connecting the Isobar to a single outlet on the UPS shouldent cause any load balance issues.

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  2. OzarkEdge

    OzarkEdge Part of the Furniture

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    I've read that using surge protection inline with more surge protection/UPS is not advisable. You could chat with Tripplite Support and ask.

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  3. PinkFloydEffect

    PinkFloydEffect Regular Contributor

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    We lost power to our office and the only thing I did not have on the UPS were our modems...so we briefly lost all our VPN users on my part. I scrambled to get them on the UPS before I left the office for the weekend and the only thing I had laying around at the office was another Isobar...so I connected the modems to the Isobar and plugged that into the UPS. Not a simple standalone home office UPS like the one I have pictured above but one of our commercial grade 5000VA rack UPS units.

    I then realized I just did the same thing I did at home and became concerned so I called Tripplite on my way home, they told me not only will this void my warranty but it also potentially renders the surge protection disabled on both the Isobar and UPS unit. Do not understand exactly why but something to do with it confusing the surge modules the same way it does when you daisy chain surge strips since the UPS is a surge protector in itself. I just thought the surge protection logic's in a UPS were superior to a strip or Isobar so it would recognize that signal change and deal with it accordingly but apparently I am wrong.

    This brings up a new concern because at the office we had surge protectors installed on our main breaker panels (DITEK ZEUS D200s). This means technically there are two surge protection devices daisy chained between the source and our equipment, first at the panel then at the UPS itself. I am going to have to reach back out to them about this, and do some side research.
     
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