Power outages and surges

15 Mar 2010 by Jeanette, No Comments »

With all of the springtime storms that have been rolling through our area last week, I thought I would talk about power surges, power outages, and protecting your computer equipment.

Power surges occur when something boosts the electrical charge somewhere in the power lines. This can cause an increase in the electrical current flowing to your wall outlet. A number of different things can cause this to happen (like lightning or big appliances in your home that take a lot of energy to start up.)

There are a couple of things you can buy to help you protect your equipment and help prevent potential damage – Surge protectors and battery backups. You can find these at most retail stores that sell computers or accessories.

If you have a surge protector between the wall outlet and the computer equipment, you are helping prevent that surge from damaging those items. Some other good things to plug into surge protectors are your TV and entertainment system.

Battery backups (also called UPS or Uninterrupted Power Supply) will also help take the damage when a surge or power outage happens, and will also give you the added feature of keeping your computer running for a short time if the power goes off. This may be useful if you are in the middle of a large project and haven’t yet saved your work – you can quickly save and then safely turn off your computer while your battery backup keeps things running. Most battery backups only last a couple of minutes, so you won’t have time to finish feeding the Farmville animals on Facebook! It’s just designed to give you time to safely shut down your computer.

Please note that these items are only designed to help prevent damage – they are not always 100% effective. Sometimes even with the best equipment the worst can happen. That’s why it’s important to back up your data… but that’s a topic for another article!

Thanks for reading,



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