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Can a power outage damage Intel Compute Stick?

DDae
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Can a power outage damage Intel Compute Stick? Do I have to buy a "chunky" ups unit or is there a power bank I can use as backup in case there is a blackout? I'm planing to use this to make my so called smart TV "smart".

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n_scott_pearson
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Any electronic device can be damaged by power surges (overloads, power spikes, short circuits , etc.), power droops (brown-outs), EMI interference, etc.. To be safe, you should have the NUC's power brick plugged into a good quality power strip that will provide it with a basic level of protection. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_strip Power strip - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia for more information on power strip features to look for.

A UPS device is a more-expensive option that will allow you to continue to use Compute Stick for some period of time during a power failure. The duration of this period is dependent upon what you have plugged into the UPS (this would include the ICS and TV at a minimum) and the Volt-Amp storage capability of the UPS' battery.

Hope this helps!

...S

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n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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Any electronic device can be damaged by power surges (overloads, power spikes, short circuits , etc.), power droops (brown-outs), EMI interference, etc.. To be safe, you should have the NUC's power brick plugged into a good quality power strip that will provide it with a basic level of protection. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_strip Power strip - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia for more information on power strip features to look for.

A UPS device is a more-expensive option that will allow you to continue to use Compute Stick for some period of time during a power failure. The duration of this period is dependent upon what you have plugged into the UPS (this would include the ICS and TV at a minimum) and the Volt-Amp storage capability of the UPS' battery.

Hope this helps!

...S

idata
Community Manager
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Excellent information from Scott. Thank you.

 

 

Allan.
idata
Community Manager
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I have found that unexpected power interruptions can trigger a bug which can reset the BIOS into a mode that will not boot the system.

The BIOS appears to get stuck in a default state and needs interactive keyboard presses to continue to boot.

Or sometimes The BIOS options end up getting reset to defaults, and the system can then fail to boot depending on what settings are configured. I will post more in another thread.

idata
Community Manager
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Thank you for the feedback. If you need warranty service for the Intel(R) Compute stick, please try the following URL:

 

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/contact-support.html http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/contact-support.html

 

 

Allan.
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