Power losses and spikes can damage the electronic component in your computer. Motor-driven components such as your hard disks are especially prone, causing corrupt data and system errors. Imagine the frustration when you lose that trading opportunity or hours of work from an unexpected shutdown. That’s why we recommend everyone to get an UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply).
You do not require a UPS to complete your computer system. But you’d be wise to include one. A reliable supply of electricity will preserve the life of your high-end computer and everything in it—saving you a lot of hassle from trying to repair your computer or recover your valuable documents.
How UPS Works?
An uninterruptible power supply provides a backup power source to important desktop computer hardware components—the CPU and the monitor. But depending on the size, you may be able to plug in other devices for backup power too. It also act as stabilizers, ensuring that the electricity flowing to your computer is free from voltage drops or surges.
Standby or On-Line UPS?
Generally, there are two different types:
- A standby UPS monitors the power that’s coming into the backup power supply. It only switches to the battery when it detects an issue. This is the most common type for Personal Computers.
- An on-line UPS, on the other hand, is always providing power to the computer. Whether a problem is detected or not, the battery is always functioning as backup power. On-line is more expensive than the standby model, but offers superior power protection that is important for small business, web, and departmental servers.
How Much Voltage and Watt to Get?
To determine how powerful of a UPS you need, first, use the eXtreme Power Supply Calculator to calculate your computer’s wattage requirements. Take this number and add it to the wattage requirements for other devices you would plug into the power supply. Take this total number and check on your preferred manufacturer’s site to get your estimated battery run time when you lose power.