Having an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) can be a savior when the power goes out or there’s a change in electrical currents. Not only can it protect your electronics from damage and failure, but it can also prevent data loss from unexpected blackouts. Power outages, lighting storms, and the likes are just a fact of life that we can’t avoid. During these events, the unsteady electrical current to your PCs and other electronics could result in dire consequences. Many of the mysteries of equipment failure, downtime, software and data corruption, are the result of problematic supply of power, and that’s why many people rely on a UPS to safeguard their equipment.
An Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) offers guaranteed power protection for connected electronics. When power is interrupted, or fluctuates outside safe levels, a UPS will instantly provide clean battery backup power for plugged-in, sensitive equipment.
Common Power Issues
There are a number of power issues that could result in damage to your equipment, corruption, or data loss. Here are just three of the most common power issues you're likely to experience. To read more about the types of power interruptions, check out APC's whitepaper on 'The Seven Types of Power Problems',
Blackout: A blackout is a total loss of electric power in an area that can last just minutes, hours, or even weeks depending on the severity. Fortunately, they don’t tend to be very damaging on equipment (though the spike in voltage when the power comes back on can be damaging so make sure you unplug them at the wall) but they can last for a while. The issue with blackouts is less about damage and more about potential data loss. Say you’re working on an important document that you haven’t saved and suddenly the power goes out. You’ve just lost your work. If your computer is plugged to a UPS however, this will kick in allowing you time to save your work and even continue working during the blackout.
Brownout: A brownout is an unintentional reduction in or restriction on the availability of electrical power that lasts more than a minute. Brownouts are very common and can sometimes be detected by flickering or dimming lights, due to an overload of an electrical circuit or severe weather. This can be very damaging to your equipment because the power continues to flow to your equipment at lower levels than they are rated to handle. The voltage sag can cause issues with the circuity of the electronics’ power supply, and while this isn’t fatal straight away, it can lead to issues with the device later on and early failure of the power supply.
Power Spikes / Surges: A power spike is a very fast, sudden increase in voltage – these are particularly common after power restoration following a power outage (blackout). Since they occur for such a short duration, they don’t always cause equipment failure, but they may lead to issues later down the line. A power surge is similar to a power spike but lasts much longer. Power surges can be very damaging to electronics as they will burn up the wire of the device. Even if the wire doesn’t get burned in a single power surge, it can get damaged, and multiple occurrences of this can result in an electronic that eventually burns out.
Why do you need a UPS?
Home: The electronic devices you rely on every day for communication, security, and entertainment are at risk of damage and failure due to unexpected blackouts, voltage fluctuations or other power disruptions. A UPS provides battery backup power and protection for electronic devices including:
• Wireless networking equipment (routers, modems)
• Security Systems
• Gaming Consoles
• Mobile Devices
Get peace of mind with a UPS for your home network and smart devices, ensuring your family stays connected to the outside world during a power outage. Plus, backup power for your telephone and other home communication devices means you’ll stay connected and never miss alerts or other warnings, even during severe weather and power disruptions.
Business: Downtime caused by power outages is frustrating for anyone, but can be financially crippling for a business or organisation. Every year, billions of dollars are lost due to downtime caused by power disruptions that could have been prevented by a UPS. For Fortune 1000 companies:
• Average annual cost of unplanned downtime, $1.25—$2.5 billion
• Average hourly cost of infrastructure failure: $100,000
• Average hourly cost of critical application failure: $500,000—$1 million
Small to medium-sized businesses may be at most financial risk due to a limited ability to generate revenue during downtime.
What UPS should you get?
Here at PB Tech, we have a range of great UPS options available.
Today we're going to look at some of the options available to you by APC by Schneider Electric. The great thing about APC models such as Back-UPS is that they come with a lifetime Equipment Protection Policy, to ensure you get the peace of mind that these devices work hard, last long, and provide the valuable protection you are after. Take a look at some of our suggestions below. If you need help choosing the right UPS device for you, use APC's UPS selector tool.
Home Network & Office
Get peace of mind with a UPS for your home network and electronics, ensuring your family stays connected to the outside world during a power outage. Plus, backup power for your modem/router and other home communication devices means you'll stay connected and never miss alerts or other warnings, even during severe weather and power disruptions.
APC's Back-UPS battery backup offers guaranteed power and surge protection for wireless networks, computers, gaming consoles and other electronics in your home or business. Models supply battery backup during outages and unsafe voltage fluctuations, as well as provide protection from damaging surges and spikes. They are the perfect choice to protect your electronics, home network, and your data.
Tens of millions of gamers a year are disconnected unexpectedly due to power outages. A ton of loot, ranks, boss battles, game progress, and online matches have been lost due to power outages. Don’t ever allow a power outage stop you from winning.
A UPS will instantly send power to your Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and router when your home loses power and defends against unsafe levels of electricity that could irreversibly damage your expensive gaming equipment. It's an essential piece of gaming gear that will protect your gaming setup from damages and unexpected disconnect so you have time to save your game or finish your online match to avoid drop-out penalties.
The APC Back-UPS Pro is the gaming ally you need. The Back-UPS Pro family offers guaranteed power protection for high performance computer systems, routers/modems, external storage devices, game consoles and other electronics in your home or business. It'll provide battery backup gaming power and powerful surge protection for your valuable Gaming PC, Console, and TVs/monitors. The moment the power goes out, a Back-UPS Pro instantly powers and protects connected gaming equipment/routers, so you can finish what you started.
A study by the Electric Power Research Institute found that businesses lose between $104 billion and $164 billion per year due to power interruptions, and another $15 billion to $24 billion from other power quality problems. It’s not hard to see how the numbers add up. Just consider what an outage of a day or two would cost your company. For some, an outage of even an hour can take a significant toll.
APC's Smart-UPS range is an ideal UPS for servers, point-of-sale, routers, switches, hubs and other network devices. It's trusted by millions of IT professionals throughout the world to protect equipment and critical data from costly interruptions by supplying reliable, network-grade power reliably and efficiently. Smart-UPS is available in a variety of forms factors and classes (entry level, standard and extended run), and you'll find a model for nearly every application and budget.
Standard models are the most popular UPS in the world for business servers, storage and network devices and have long been considered the benchmark for reliability and manageability. Entry level Smart-UPS models are an economical choice for small and medium businesses looking to protect small networking devices, point-of-sale (POS) equipment and entry level servers. The extended run models accept external battery packs for long runtime to power critical servers, security and communication systems through outages that could last hours.