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Old 07-26-2016, 04:23 PM   #1
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In case of an emergency: power outage?

What is it called where when the power goes out, the machine kicks in? Is there such a thing? I'm wondering if there's something to plug everything into the machine and that machine is plugged into the wall outlet so it can detect power outtage. So when I'm not at home, and the power goes out, everything that's hooked up to that outlet strip to the machine still gets electricity because that machine will now kick in because it detected that the power is out.

So a generator that is for indoor use, but it turns on automatically. I typed in backup generator and standby generator but it's like 5+ grand and it's to be permanently set up outdoor and powers the house in a blackout so that's not what I'm looking for. There must be a name for what I'm looking for that I can't think of. I just need a small basic portable one that powers a shop light, water filter, and heater/fan. At least the filter and heater or fan, the fish can survive without light.

I feel like I'm going to be made fun of for this post. I honestly don't know anything about this and hopefully be responded by nice helpful people.

Where I live, it can get 90+ and below 0 degree and the power goes out about half a dozen to a dozen times a year. It usually lasts a couple of hours which the fish would be fine but I'm worried one day it'll last longer than a day, maybe during a snowstorm. This past month the power have went out twice. One during a heavy thunderstorm and this past week due to the extreme heat.

I just realized I live in mother nature wrath zone of all elements. Hah.
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Maybe a backup power supply like for computers . Would still be pricey , but worth a shot .
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Hey, we have the same situation with the 55 gallon tank! I'm about to start mine up as well, once I get a stand.
Anyway, is this machine waterproof? Let's just call it a generator from now on.
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I have one of these for my router, modem, telephone etc. It plugs into an outlet and has a built in battery. The issue is it isn't waterproof so you can't just put it by your fish tank...
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There are a couple of ways. Some make their own battery backup while others buy them.
There are also generators that have kept systems afloat for long periods of time.
You can also use battery powered pumps until the power comes back on. They are used for minnows. This is the bare minimum you need to keep a system going until then.


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I have one of these for my router, modem, telephone etc. It plugs into an outlet and has a built in battery. The issue is it isn't waterproof so you can't just put it by your fish tank...
What is what yours called? Sounds like what I'm looking for. Link to buy page?

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Let's just call it a generator from now on.
When I google or amazon search generator, it shows gas generated ones that are used outside or ones where you have to set it up. So that's why I'm asking if there's a more specific name for what I'm looking for to make searching for the one that stays plugged in and comes on automatically when power is out.



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Maybe a backup power supply like for computers . Would still be pricey , but worth a shot .
Yeah! That's what I'm looking for and was trying to describe poorly. I'll look into that!

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Yeah, I have one of those. Here it is:
It's the black thing under the table.

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The model is:
APC Back-UPS XS 1000

We got it a while ago so it could be dated. But I'll look up specs for you. But, the amount of outlets on the back are enough to bite. 😁

The next picture is how big it is. I'm 14, so my hand could be a bit small.
Measurements:
Front to Back: 15 inches
Width: 4 inches
Height: 10 inches

The last one is the back, where all the outlets are. They are labeled differently in different situations like the Master plugs or surge protection.

Hope this post was detailed enough. 😂

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