If you own a computer, then keeping it protected is one of your foremost concerns. There are a number of ways that you can achieve this, though electric can be rather vindictive when it puts its mind to it. As with anything, safety should be a priority, and a surge protector is a good first step to take in keeping your computer intact. The question you need to ask however, is what type of surge protection you would like to have for your computer. A UPS, or Uninterruptible Power Supply would be a great choice, and it has a number of benefits:
- Surge Protection — Yes, your UPS will work for surge protection on the computer, and it will allow you to connect a number of different electric powered devices. This in itself is a great benefit, but there is much more than surge protection.
- Stored Energy — The most useful feature on a UPS device is the fact that it stores energy for later. This energy cannot be interrupted, as the name implies, and it will not be expended until such time as it is drawn on. For example, in order to utilize the power you would need to actually unplug the box from the wall.
- Extensive Power — Your UPS will provide power to your computer for some time. With the higher end UPS devices, you will have the ability to use a computer for up to eight hours. Naturally you will need to ration this power in the event of an emergency. You will note that using a laptop computer provides significantly more time than a full sized desktop, and though these UPS devices are powerful, you will still need to plan carefully.
- Different Types — There are several different types of UPS devices, some large, some small, and nearly all portable. A UPS however does not need to be portable. As a matter of fact, some are built for industrial use and utilized in office buildings to ensure continued productivity even in the face of a power outage. All types will feature a series of power outlets, and there is a USB port included which allows you to interface the UPS device with your computer. Safety is assured in most devices with a maintenance-free sealed lead-acid battery and suspended electrolyte. These are leak proof, meaning you have no worries aside from the power outage.
As the world becomes more and more reliant on computers, it becomes necessary to ensure our electronic lives are not tabled due to an outage. A UPS is not going to last forever, no doubt about that, but it will serve to get you through the worst of times. One of the most popular brands out there is APC, and you can find several others on the market to meet your growing needs.