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What Is Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR)?

Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) is a term commonly associated with electrical devices like UPSes, stabilizers, and generators that make use of voltage regulators. But what does it mean, and how important is it?…

Should You Plug a UPS Into a Surge Protector?

In the quest for the ultimate combination of battery backup and surge protection, the UPS-in-surge protector question has been asked for years, with no clear-cut answer. Many recommend plugging a UPS into a surge protector; y…

How to Best Place an Air Purifier

An air purifier can help improve your home’s indoor air quality, but its placement can severely impact its efficiency in cleaning the surrounding air. So, where should you put your air purifier?

Companies Are Not Your Friend

Major tech companies such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung have legions of diehard fans. Brands are more than happy to leverage that passion to keep your wallet open. The relationship only benefits one side, though, a…

What Is a “PC,” Anyway?

Everyone knows that “PC” is short for “Personal Computer,” but not everyone can agree on what counts as a PC or doesn’t. It turns out that the term “PC” is packed with more nuance than you might have thought!…

What Can a UPS Battery Backup Power?

A power outage can be a tech nightmare. It may cause you to lose important work and unsaved game progress and leave you unable to use the Wi-Fi for what might seem like ages—a UPS can easily mitigate this. But what devices …

What Happened to Solar Laptops?

What if you could use your laptop’s battery without ever needing to plug in, relying totally on the sun’s rays instead of a bulky, tangling power cord? Solar laptops existed in the past, but they didn’t catch on. So what happ…

What Happened to Telepresence Robots?

Telepresence robots were marketed as the ultimate way a remote person could be present somewhere miles away. Yet, during the pandemic-driven work-from-home revolution, we didn’t see mass adoption of these quirky iPad-on-a-sti…

It’s Okay to Skimp on These 10 Tech Products

Many believe that if you’re not buying the latest and best version of a product you’re settling for hot garbage, but that’s not always true. In reality, you can save money on a lot of tech products without compromising your o…
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