Topic: Power Quality - How does the NION handle brown out situations?
Hi everyone! There has been some questions lately about NION and how it handles different power situations.
First, the facts:
1. The power supply in the NION is a standard Mini-ATX 300 Watt power supply. So, if you find yourself in a sticky situation, you can readily swap it out with another mini-ATX or a standard ATX (if you don't need to fit all the screws in the cover).
2. The power supply will hold the NION online for about 250-500 mS in the event of a momentary outage. (in other words, what happens if, for some reason, a few cycles get dropped from the incoming power supply?) This provides PLENTY of switchover time for typical UPS devices to engage their battery backup.
3. The NION utilizes a "worldwide" mini-ATX power supply. This means that it is supposed to work (and is, in fact, rated to work) with line voltages from 100 to 240 VAC, at 50-60 Hz.
Now for the interesting stuff...
The NION will actually operate with a line voltage of 40 VAC. Of course, the current draw goes up accordingly as the voltage goes down. It will attempt to run when the line voltage is about 25 VAC, but it will not operate reliably until the line voltage reaches about 40 VAC. Switching power supplies are pretty amazing!
By the way, the same holds true for the nControl.
Good luck and have fun out there!
Burnt Orange Studios