Rectangular banshee

About 10:30 Thursday night, my Uninterruptible Power Supply suffered an interruption, and it announced that incident with some of the most godawful noises on earth that didn’t actually involve injured elephants. “Replace battery,” the blinking red light demanded.

There are eight outlets on this UPS, but only five were in use. Now: what do I have that will give me five outlets late at night?

The answer is PowerSquid. Doesn’t actually have surge protection in this model, but I can shop for that later.

And as I got the last device connected, the Oklahoma City Dodgers game (KGHM radio) went weirdly silent. And no, the radio is on a wholly different circuit.


  1. fillyjonk »

    5 August 2017 · 7:24 am

    We formerly had UPSs in all our offices in my department. One by one they failed, and announced that failure by the screaming you mentioned.

    Mine failed at the height of our budget also failing so I went out and bought one of those “squids” – mine does have a surge protector – and use that instead.

    The only problem is that when the power briefly cuts out (as it is prone to on campus), I have to be sure to have whatever I’m working on autosaved, because it DOES lead to my computer shutting down. But it’s kind of worth it never to have to deal with that infernal beeping.

  2. CGHill »

    5 August 2017 · 11:51 am

    My Squid is an early (and now discontinued) model; I plan to upgrade it.

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