UPS is very important to me.
And I don’t mean this kind of UPS, which is also very important.
I am talking about the Uninterupted Power Source type of UPS.
These are surge protectors with a backup battery built in. When you plug your electronic things into a UPS, they are actually running off the battery, which is constantly being refreshed. Thus, if there is a sudden power loss your equipment doesn’t instantly die. When the power comes back on the surge protector is there.
Today I took a break and did some cooperative play via Xbox with the famous Fr. Roderick of SPQN fame.
In the midst of the game the UPS the machine was plugged into suddenly erupted with an angry ….
There was my UPS with an angry glowing red light for "Replace Battery".
"Bleep", quoth I in response.
An alarming alarm, considering what these UPS things are supposed to do.
The thing obviously overloaded from a surge of some sort.
I blame Fr. Roderick!
I have several of these USP things. You should too.
If you have any expensive electronics I suggest you get some also. They will save your bacon, friends.
Even getting a simple one like this might save you one day.
To the right is a small one. You need to figure out what load it will have to take and get one which is appropriate. There are big ones too.
Believe me that the expense of one of these is going to be less costly than your computer or your flat screen TV.
I read a story about a woman who did embroidery for a living with a computerized machine that had all her programs and patterns stored. There was a massive surge which blew out a lot of things in her house while she was working. But her UPS protected her machine and allowed her to power it down normally, thus saving her programmed patterns. Another fellow kept his medicine cool in a small fridge during the big summer power outage in NYC some years ago. Many times during summer lightning storms out here in the country I have heard my UPSs take hits from surges.
These are useful gizmos.
In the past when a UPS has gone down in the line of duty, I called the company APC and they replaced the battery!
They sit there without thanks or praise … these silent sentinels of surges, these bold bastions of blasts, these …
Think about it.