Not sure if investing in a UPS backup battery is worth it? Many benefits come along with this helpful piece of equipment. A UPS or an Uninterruptible Power Supply is a small device that is connected between your computer and the outlet providing you with power. Its job is simple: to receive power and transmit it to your computer. It also has a battery, thus the term ‘Uninterruptible’, that kicks in should your power source be compromised. However, it offers many other valuable benefits including:
1 – Protection against power outages
Although power outages are not very common, they do happen from time to time. A bad thunderstorm, a car that has crashed into power lines or a power grid overload can cause a blackout, even if it only lasts for a short period. Work right through a short blackout or take precautionary measures against a longer one with your backup battery, which prevents your computer from shutting off along with the power.
2 – Protection against power variances
You probably don’t think about the consistency and quality of your electricity supply very often, but the truth of the matter is it’s not always as precise as is ideal. Variances in power supply can cause damage to delicate equipment like computers. With a UPS backup battery, you will protect your computer from these variances since the UPS unit acts as a filter, allowing only a steady stream of power to reach your machine. Some common variances are:
– Spikes – A voltage increase that lasts a very short time may be caused by a lightning strike or fallen power lines.
– Surges – These short increases in power last longer than spikes and typically show up when a large device such as a commercial air conditioner shuts off. This causes variance in the power supply in the building and can damage your computer due to heat.
– Brownouts – A brownout is basically the opposite of a surge but can last for longer periods of time. A dip in energy may be caused when a large appliance, such as an air conditioner, is running.
– Noise – Interference to the power supply in the form of electronic magnet interference or radio frequency interference can distort signals. This interference is caused by high energy equipment such as welders and transmitters.