[QUOTE=""Pat"]\nSnip\n\n\nTom, If I get a whole house surge protector from Square D for my electric\npanel box, can I still use an APC-UPS? Because, I not only need surge\nprotection, but I also need power backup for all my computer and other\nelectronic devices. I live near a major highway and people are always\ncrashing into the electric poles, which causes my power to go on and off\nfrequently for short duration's, usually less than a minute.\nThanks, Pat[/QUOTE]\n\nYes, a whole house protector does nothing to protect you from power\noutages or sags in power. You STILL NEED A UPS, and you should purchase\na quality one. APC makes nice units.\n\nOne thing you might want to know, we've had a LOT of UPS's installed all\nover the USA, about 1500 systems protected by them, and we've never lost\na single protected device connected to a UPS while we have lost non-\nprotected equipment. W_Tom will tell you that it's BS, that the UPS will\nnot protect you, but, real-world experience shows that a quality UPS\ndevice will protect everything we've seen from power surges that have\ndamaged electronic devices that were not on a quality UPS device.\n\nI like the idea of a whole house surge protection device, but it's not a\nsubstitute for a UPS, not by any means - you still need a UPS.