Why You Should Use an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) on Your PC?

An Uninterruptible Power Supply or UPS is a device that has a built-in battery that stores electricity, and acts as a secondary source of power to your computer in case of power outage. It functions similarly to an emergency light that instantly turns on when it senses a power interruption. When the power goes out, it immediately supplies temporary power to your computer that is plugged in to it to give you enough time to save your current task and safely shut down your computer.

The UPS is plugged in to the main power supply and it functions as an AVR or automatic voltage regulator to your PC when there is electricity.

Keep in mind that the power supply from the UPS is only for a short period so you should immediately save your tasks and shut down your computer when the power goes out.

This article explains why you need an uninterruptible power supply on your PC, how to choose the right UPS, and the factors to consider before buying a UPS.

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Why do you need a UPS?

Aside from losing your unsaved files, an unexpected power outage can damage your computer’s components which could have an adverse effect on its performance. That is why it is extremely important to use an uninterruptible power supply when you are working on a desktop PC which only relies on electricity as its main source of power.

A UPS is also essential when you are working with electrical devices that have delicate electrical components such as server computers and surveillance systems.

Since a UPS also functions as an AVR, it protects your computer, or any other devices plugged in to it from voltage spikes or voltage sags.

How do I choose the right UPS?

There are two types of UPS systems: the standby and continuous UPS.

A standby UPS turns on when it detects a problem or fluctuation with the primary power source, while a continuous UPS always runs on battery power, hence the battery is always being recharged. This means that it will not have any delay in supplying electricity in case of a power outage since it is always active.

Most users prefer to use a continuous UPS than a standby UPS because it is a more stable power source. The downside is that they are more expensive than a standby UPS.

Factors to Consider Before Buying a Suitable UPS

  • Power monitor to make sure that it is working well.
  • Enough outlets to accommodate all your PC components. Purchase a UPS that has enough power outlets to accommodate your entire PC and all its accessories. It is also a good idea to choose one with some extra ports.
  • Does it fit in your workstation?
  • Cooling system. Uninterruptible power supplies come with or without cooling systems. If you want a quiet workspace, purchase one that has no cooling system.
  • Capacity. How many watts can the UPS supply? Calculate the total combined watts of all the components you are planning to plug into your UPS.
  • Runtime. How much time do you want to have right after a power outage?
  • Does your UPS need to have sine wave technology? Your UPS needs this technology if you want to plug-in devices like Apple iMac computers, and computers and other that are Energy Star or 80 PLUS certified.

Final Words

The main problem with working on a desktop computer which heavily relies on electricity as its main source of power is the potential data loss in case of an unexpected power outage. When this happens, the time and effort that you spent on working on a task will go to waste.

An uninterruptible power supply solves this problem. Therefore, a UPS is a worthy investment if you work on time-consuming and highly important tasks.

(Read: No Internet After a Power Outage? Here’s What You Should Do)

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