Protect Your Computer with an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS)

Many folks who have computers today rely on surge protection strips to protect their computer equipment. Surge protector strips protect your PC from voltage spikes that are associated with lightning or utility problems that can travel along your utility and data lines. Surge protection, however, does not protect you from power outages. Have you ever been at your PC when the lights go out? Too me that abrupt drop in power is just as much a concern (or more so) as voltage spikes.

To take your computer hardware protection to another level and incorporate, not only surge protection, but also provide temporary battery backup during blackouts (and brownouts), I recommend using an Uninterrupted Power Supply (typcially referred to by us in geek world as an UPS). An UPS, during a power outage, will alert you by an alarm that there is a power related issue and will provide you with enough time to safely shut down your PC.

For home usage, I recommend the APC Back-UPS ES 8 Outlet 550VA 120V .

This particular model has (8)-eight outlets, with (4)-four reserved for battery backup; which in most home based setups is sufficient. APC makes numerous other UPS for a variety of needs [click here] .

APC Back-UPS ES 8 Outlet 550VA 120V

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APC Back-UPS ES 8 Outlet 550VA 120V Product Features

Output Power Capacity: 330 Watts / 550 VA

Nominal Output Voltage: 120 V

Output Frequency (sync to mains): 60 Hz

Waveform Type: Stepped approximation to a sinewave

Typical recharge time: 24 hours

Technical Details

Power Protection Type: UPS

Input Voltage: 120V

Frequency: 60 Hz

Input Connection Type: NEMA 5-15P

Cord Length: 6 ft.

Voltage: 120V

Volt Amps: 550 VA

Output Frequency Regulation: 60 Hz

Output Voltage Wave Form: Stepped approximation to a sinewave

Watts: 330 Watt

Full Load Run Time: 3.3 minutes

Type: Maintenance-free sealed Lead-Acid battery with suspended electrolyte : leakproof

Half Load Run Time: 13.5 minutes

Battery Recharge Rate: 24 Hours

Surge Energy Capacity: 365 Joules


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6 thoughts on “Protect Your Computer with an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS)

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  1. Again I must chime in and say “you’re singin’ my song” here Rick.

    A UPS unit is not a “sexy” purchase, nor a fun one, (like, say, a bright, ginormous LCD monitor, or Hi-Def hand-i-cam) but it is a smart one!

    Great advice, nicely delivered.


    1. TechPaul,

      You are so right… An UPS is one of those pieces of equipment that we know we should have, but just do not break down to make the purchase. These things are highly recommended.



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