Here’s a painful scenario we’ve all experienced. You’re totally engrossed in a major project on your desktop computer and neglect to save your work when the power flickers. The computer screen goes dark and the computer reboots, and your heart sinks as you realize your hard work is lost.

If you’re using a computer or equipment that is not equipped with a battery back-up, there’s a simple solution to avoid this kind of loss. An Uninterruptible Power Supply, UPS for short, is a surge protector, battery, and power inverter all in one. It essentially is an electrical device that provides emergency power to a load when the main power fails. It protects your hard work and your hardware in the event of an outage or power surge.

UPS units come in a variety of sizes, so you will need to determine your load requirements (watts) and back-up capacity (time). The APC UPS Selector website is a great resource for finding a unit that will meet your needs. You’ll just need to identify the various pieces of equipment to be protected by the UPS, look at the label and add up the total wattage. If a device lists voltage and amps, just multiply those numbers to get the watts. Don’t forget your smart phones and tablets – essential items during a power outage! Once you’ve assembled your list, then determine how long you want to provide back up. You can plug those two pieces of information into this website, and it will recommend several units that will meet your needs.

Our outdoor ONT is equipped with its own battery backup, giving you 5-8 hours of internet access in the event of an outage. However, you would need the UPS unit to keep the router working. If you use our indoor router, your back-up needs are covered.

A UPS is a simple and inexpensive investment that will provide great benefit.