Re: Fitting TS with Printer, electrical issues

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Tue Aug 08 2006 - 15:03:26 CDT

Hello Richard,

While I don't actually know this, I'm assuming that
the generator(s) would be small units solely for the
benefit of the polling place. Also, I have no idea
how many back up generators are available. I suppose
that typical repair/maintenance/service trucks or fire
trucks could be pressed into service in the case of a
widespread failure.

We have been subject to rotating blackouts in San
Diego in the past so a widespread power failures would
not be completely unheard of. With primaries in June,
it is not completely impossible. It certainly is
unlikely during the November general elections.

Yes, we did reach Stage II emergency status during the
recent July heatwave but all that means is that
'interruptible loads' (for example, factories or a
shopping center with an big enough emergency power
plant and an interruptible rate contract) are dropped
from the grid for a few hours.

Thanks, Ed Kennedy

--- "Richard C. Johnson" <dick@iwwco.com> wrote:

> One would hope that the election authorities might
> invest in UPS or inexpensive generator backup
> sufficient to continue an election, at least where
> only lights are needed to mark paper ballots. What
> good is ordering a generator when electricity is out
> over a wide area? Generators cost much less than a
> single Diebold...
>
> -- Dick
>
> "Edmund R. Kennedy" <ekennedyx@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hello Alan and all:
>
> The standing instructions in San Diego County for
> the
> TSx, polling place and power failures are that we
> are
> to immediately contact the ROV so they can bring us
> out a generator. Many polling places need electric
> lighting just to be able to read the Roster of
> Voters
> and the paper ballots.
>
> Yes, the TSx as well as the Acuscan can
> theoretically
> run for a couple of hours on batteries but as the
> equipment sits around your house (or even in the
> back
> of your car) for a week or more, I'm always
> concerned
> about the level of charge in the back up batteries.
> If we set up in a polling place and the power failed
> immediately due to overloads (the most likely
> scenario
> IMHO) we might not be able to open. I've plugged the
> equipment in and saw that they there was only about
> 50-60% charge on one of of them. However, after an
> hour or 2 on line current, they are usually fully
> charged.
>
> Thanks, Ed Kennedy
>
> --- Arthur Keller wrote:
>
> > At 10:10 AM -0700 8/8/06, Alan Dechert wrote:
> > >Arthur,
> > >
> > >> THe HP Deskjet 460cb includes a built-in
> Lithium
> > Ion battery that
> > >> automatically recharges with the printer's
> > built-in charger when the
> > >> printer is plugged in. It lists for $269.
> > >>
> > >Well, that's an idea. But I see some problems
> with
> > this.
> > >
> > >Adding another battery means there would be two
> > batteries per system that
> > >need to be checked, charged and replaced as
> needed.
> > This multiples the
> > >expense, administrative hassle, and adds a point
> of
> > failure.
> > >
> > >I think the idea will be more saleable if we can
> > use the existing UPS.
> >
> > Yes, but this is an existing COTS product, no mods
> > needed. And you
> > need to understand how much running the printer
> off
> > the same DRE
> > battery reduces the session life of the DRE
> battery.
> > The advantage
> > of a second battery is longer running life, and
> > fewer mods. Plus
> > having the existing printer stay on the DRE is an
> > advantage in terms
> > of logging certain events, like boot up and shut
> > down.
> >
> > Best regards,
> > Arthur
> >
> > --
> >
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