Ok, let me try to explain, sorry if my English isn't clear and I am confusing things up.
- I have the option of buying either a UPS or a Voltage Regulator, but...
- I have an existing Stabilizer /Conditioner with regulator and surge protection that is somewhat old.
The model I have is on the link above: a Tripp Lite LC-1800
(but this is an older model to the newer one listed on the Tripp Lite website.
The UPSs I have access to are NOT online systems, not by a long shot. I was thinking something like this: https://www.tripplite.com/smartpro-lcd-120v-1000va-500w-line-interactive-ups-avr-tower-usb-tel-dsl-coax-protection-8-outlets~SMART1000LCD/#pr-header-back-to-top-link
The link you sent discusses regulators and upss, but it doesn't account for Stabilizers / Conditioners, which, according to the specs, can boost the signal bellow a certain cut-off point by 14% or so up to 87V. I was asking if this is something that is preventing a brown out, since Armaegis pointed out that something like this would not help with brownout. Same goes for swell: if the conditioner is outputting 120V from a 140V current, then I assume it is working against Swell. Yet, again, Armaegis suggests that this will not work for swell.
So there are two things going on here:
- UPS vs Regulator / Conditioner, which to use
- Will the one I already have (an old Tripp Lite LC-1800) be enough or do I need to go and make a new purchase.
My conditions are really less than ideal:
- we have very poor electric wiring inside the house
- we have a 220V electric heater (not a tank, those that work like gas heaters but with electricity) that when you turn on the hot water, lights flicker for a small second, and the regulator 'clicks' and changes to a different value
- if turn on the microwave, the regulator will switch (this seems odd) to a 'high' value
- we have frequent rain, and when it does, the street high voltage transformer sometimes fails and we get blackouts
- we have thunderstorms during june / july at least once a week
- we are prone to earthquakes and the security features of the local power plant turns off the electricity as soon as it senses movement
So, short of the boat scenario you described, this is more or less electrical hell over here. Of course, I don't have the money to set up the entire house, and it is not mine, it is rented. So I will have to live with small fixes here and there.
Hope I explained myself a little better this time around, sorry if my English is lacking for this particularly technical stuff.