Battery backup copes with musical transients


On my street the power goes out around once a month. The average outage is only about half an hour, but knowing the power could go out at any time interferes with my concentration. So I installed a battery backup to supply power when the power goes out. It also supplies power every afternoon when the electricity rate is highest. But would the battery be able to keep up with musical transients? Batteries generate electricity from a chemical reaction which could be slow at the critical moment. There's nothing like having the power company's big honking generator at the other end of your power cord to supply the extra current needed when the music hits a peak. Happy to report the music sounds as good on battery as when it's getting power from the grid.

The battery powers the whole house including air conditioning even when temps hit triple digits. By chance, the power went out for three hours not long after the battery was installed. It was worth it just for that. Now I relax and enjoy the music knowing my listening session can never again be interrupted by an outage.
chowkwan
chowkwan, I was expecting you to say it sounds better on the battery. It will, if you are able to switch it to be cut off from AC when you are listening. In one of the early versions of my turntable the motor was battery powered. The battery charger was connected to AC. It was just a very small version of yours. Even running off battery it sounded better when the AC was disconnected. Probably because noise riding on the AC line is able to ripple across the battery. Physically disconnecting it removes this noise and the sound improves.
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It would be useful if you actually stated what equipment you are talking about. Both your audio equipment and your battery (including how it's hooked up and activated).
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@chowkwan, could you provide detailed information?

onhwy61 wanted to know about my audio system and the battery.

https://systems.audiogon.com/systems/7309 

The battery is a commercial product so it is a black box to me. It switches automatically from the grid to the battery at 2 PM. I'm just happy the music sounds as good on battery power which was my concern going in. 

mkgus: the battery is big enough to run the whole house for a day so it bears out the theory about needing a big battery for transients.

millercarbon: There isn't a way to manually disconnect from the grid so cannot try out your suggestion intriguing as it is.