Common Power Issue Terminology

Here is a list of terms associated with power issues.

FaultMomentary loss of power
BlackoutProlonged power outage
SagMomentary low voltage
BrownoutProlonged Low voltage
SpikeMomentary spike in voltage
SurgeExtended spike in voltage
InrushInitial voltage “surge” when a device is plugged in

Here is a visual image.

Turn on Dell Poweredge PSU without server – A930P

Being able to turn a server power supply on without having it plugged into the server can be super beneficial.  You can use it to power electronics like GPU’s and they are usually really cheap.

The Instructions are for an A930P 930W server power supply.  More detailed information is available at the following couple of links.

To power on the PSU, wire the pins highlighted with Blue and Green

The two pins highlighted Orange will slow the fan down.

Or by using the numbering from the picture below.

Wire pins A1 to B1 and Pins B6 to D6.

Fan is pin B2 and can be wired to B3 to decrees the fan speed to make it quieter.

You can now run stuff off of the 12 volt output.