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What size power conditioner do I need?

To size a power conditioner note the following: UPS systems are sized according to the maximum amount of power, measured in Watts (W), that they can support. All other power conditioners are sized according to the maximum continuous amount of current, measured in Amps (A), that they can supply. The simplest way to determine the […]

What is whole room power conditioning?

Whole room power conditioning is a term we invented to refer to the use of a single conditioner to supply power to a number of dedicated electrical circuits feeding a single room.  The length of the dedicated circuits should be kept as short as possible to maximize the ability of the connected system to draw […]

What is a power regenerator?

Regenerators are conceptually very similar to online UPS systems except that there is no battery. They are basically amplifiers designed to output 120V at 60Hz . Done right, with a low distortion sine wave inverter, power regenerators offer protection for all power quality issues except interruptions and the high degree of isolation between input and […]

What is an isolation transformer?

Isolation transformers are oversized, specially designed versions of the transformers found in linear power supplies. They are called isolation transformers because there is no direct electrical connection through an isolation transformer (excepting safety ground). Incoming electrical energy is converted to magnetic energy and then back to electrical energy. Well designed isolation transformers have a large […]

What is a passive power conditioner?

A passive device is anything that doesn’t contain any powered electronic circuitry. Examples of passive devices include isolation transformers, surge protectors and resistor-inductor-capacitor (RLC) type conditioners. Power re-generators and UPS systems are active devices. Resistor-inductor-capacitor (RLC) devices represent the vast majority of ‘audiophile’ power conditioners on the market. The simplest devices forgo any resistors or […]