I hope you are not careless.
I am talking, of course, about using an Uninterrupted or Uninterruptible Power Source, or UPS.
These things are powerful surge protectors and back-up batteries which will keep your equipment running steady on in the case of power loss. They can give you time to shut things like computers down normally or keep them safe from momentary or short power outages. They come with software which will shut your computer down automatically if the battery runs low. Useful if you are away.
This morning I had a power outage and subsequent massive surge which blew away a big UPS which one of you kind readers had years ago sent me from my wishlist. I have my important electronic stuff plugged into these things. I am sure that, if I had not had that UPS, I would have lost something I would rather not have had to replace.
If you don’t have a UPS for your computer or some other thing that you would rather not replace, then allow me to say… GET ONE … NOW!
I have had the best performance and best customer service so far from ACP. If your UPS does its job and gets blown away in defense of your equipment, and it is under warranty, they send you a new unit. Sadly, this one that died today, a big 900VA, is a year over warranty. Sniff. But I have had great service from APC before. One of my UPSs was fried from a nearby lightning strike. APC sent me a new one right away. I would avoid Ultra, btw. Trust me on that.
Here is a link to a small APC UPS unit, providing 6 outlets and 350VA for $45 on sale.
Here is a link to a larger APC UPS unit, providing 10 outlets 355 joules of surge protection and 1500VA for $189.
There are units in between as well. Many of them will condition or clean up your electricity, too. That is very important, I understand, for flat screen TVs. If I had one, there is no way I would not have a UPS with a conditioner for it from day one. Do some research on that.
Consider how much time and money it might take to replace your computer, not to mention what you have on your hard disk. You might want to get a large external hard drive for your disk back up, too. Here is a link to a 1TB External HD. Think about what is on your computer. Do you want to lose everything?
I really do mean to scare you when I say that it is not a matter of IF you are going to have a big power surge or a hard drive failure, it really is a matter of WHEN. If you don’t prepare for the day, you’re nuts. Spend a little now or, later on, cry cry cry.
To the kind soul who originally sent me that UPS that died this morning defending the mothership computer, thank you thank you thank you! I am going to add one to my wishlist again and, if an when it comes, if ever, I will write the person’s name who sent it on the top so that I won’t forget who you are.