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Happy Computing Tip #108
Uninterruptible Power Supply – Why Own One?
By Switch, the I.T. Support Robot

Isn’t it irritating when you’re using your computer and it suddenly shuts down due to a thunderstorm? Thankfully you saved and backed up your work. However, it’s not good for your computer to suddenly shut down. What can you do to stop this from happening in the future? If you have an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), you can prevent your computer and other electronics from shutting down.

What is an UPS?
A UPS is a device that allows a computer to keep running for a short period of time when the primary power source is lost. It also provides protection from power surges. So if you’re connected to a UPS during a power outage, your computer or electronic device will not be affected. However, batteries do not last forever. The main purpose of a UPS is to protect your computer from crashing from a power outage or power surge. It gives you just enough time to wrap up what you’re doing and shut it down yourself. If there is a power outage, you’ll get a notification from your UPS that it’s been activated. Now there are UPS solutions that can last up to 2 days. However, most UPS’s last for only a few minutes. 

Cost
There really isn’t a definitive cost. It just depends on the brand and how long you want your UPS to last. There are some for as little as $15.00. However, if you run a business, and you don not have a UPS, you’ll want to invest in a good one for all of your computers and other electronic devices. If you have any questions on which one to buy, give us a call! We’ll lead you in the right direction. 

This is a UPS. It looks similar to a surge protector, but it’s definitely bigger to hold the battery.

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