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Will Laptop Work During Brownout?


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#1 John in Oman

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Posted 04 May 2008 - 08:46 PM

As I am moving to a place wher brownouts can be expected, will a laptop continue to work if one happens? At least for the battery time.

Someone told me it won't as it needs a modem for the ADSL, but people use laptops in hotspots all the time so is not my own residence one if I have internet connection?
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 09:10 PM

When it is running on the battrey the it will run foor the Duration of the batteries charge. It may take longer to recharge during this period.
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 10:29 PM

One needs local power for the modem to run ADSL, otherwise you will not have internet connection on ADSL.
But your laptop will operate through the battery system for ???
A spare, charged battery is a good idea to have on hand.

In USA phone line power is separate from electric service and often phone service continues even when the main power is down.
So I keep a dialup service to use when my DSL goes down. (I don't know how your systems operate in Oman....)
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#4 John in Oman

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Posted 04 May 2008 - 10:46 PM

Thank you both. Yes, I think it is separate here, but I am moving to the Philippines (hehehe) in two months and I am not sure what happens there but I can find out easily enough. In other words though a laptop is not the answer to brownouts that I though it might be as a normal PC will do the same job. (I don't actually like laptops much).

Thanks for your answers. Much appreciated.

Edited by John in Oman, 04 May 2008 - 11:08 PM.


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Posted 04 May 2008 - 10:52 PM

NO. A standard PC without a battery system backup will not operate in a brown-out - loss of electric service.
A laptop with its included battery will give you a few hours. More with a spare battery.

Moving to the Philippines? You might want to invest in a generator for emergency backup power? I have no idea of the power stability there.
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 10:56 PM

Just a thought but perhaps a small generator may be a smart buy. A little 5Hp honda could run both your fridge and computer along with a string of lights for those "brownout" moments. Not sure if that is budget-ly sound for you though

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 07:57 AM

Thank you again. How stupid of me to think the comp will run on a 'wing and a prayer' I think the saying is! All clear in my mind now.

Strangely though I have spent quite some time over there recently and there have been no brown outs as yet I thiunk two hours would be enough for me to sort out what I am doing so it is not the end of the world and no need for generator except maybe for lighting.

All the best and thanks once more.

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