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Christopher Meyers, Principal Architect

 

 

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Thursday
Feb162017

A Battery Backup? What’s That For?

Thunder and lightning, construction down the block, housekeeping flipping switches ‘cause they thought everyone had gone home – we’ve all lost power at the office. It never happens at a good time, usually striking in the split second between polishing up a project and clicking “save”.

Fortunately, there’s a solution: Battery Backups, or as they’re known in the trade, Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS). You’ve probably seen them under somebody’s desk. They look like a power strip on steroids, often about the size of a shoe box, maybe with a few extra lights.

The box contains a battery that will kick on instantly when the power drops, giving you a chance to save your project and properly shut down your computer in the recommended glitch-preventing way.

The work-saving convenience of a battery backup is more than enough incentive to install one, but there are some very important technical reasons to use them too.

We don’t usually notice it, but the power coming into your building is dirtier than you think. It doesn’t always roll in smoothly, instead it comes in spikes and surges.  A UPS will work as high-end power strip to protect your equipment from the spikes, with the benefit of making up the slack if a brown-out, or dip in power occurs.

These peaks and valleys can be hard on your electronics. The use of a UPS has been proven to extend the life of sensitive devices like computers and networking equipment.

A UPS is also capable of gently shutting down your computer if you’re away when the power drops. Most come with software that can initiate a shutdown routine, just as you would if you were at your computer, protecting your system from hard drive damage and filesystem corruption.

When setting up your UPS, you should note that not all of the outlets provide full battery protection. Some provide surge protection only. With these options, you can plug your tower and critical components into the battery backup side, while still having ample surge-protection available for other accessories that shouldn’t be draining your battery during an emergency.

Already have one? It might be ready for a replacement. Manufacturers recommend testing and replacing a UPS every 3-5 years. If you’ve upgraded your system recently, do it a favor and plug it into a new battery backup. It’s only makes sense to protect your investment.

If you need help choosing a UPS, let us know. We can install, test, and configure the right backup for your computer, server, or other networking equipment. Don’t get caught in the dark! Give us a call today.