Tuesday Tech Tip, August 12, 2014 Print
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 14:50

What’s with  Wattage

Using a UPS is extremely important for the lifespan of your computer.  The Uninterruptable Power Supply works as a power conditioner between the outlet on your wall and your computer.  If your power should spike it takes the brunt of the spike and keeps the energy to your computer nice and even.  It stores energy in its battery and should you lose power, it will supply the computer with several minutes of power so that you may save, close, and power down confidently. 

Wikipedia defines the usage of a UPS as:

The primary role of any UPS is to provide short-term power when the input power source fails. However, most UPS units are also capable in varying degrees of correcting common utility power problems:

  • Voltage spike or sustained overvoltage
  • Momentary or sustained reduction in input voltage
  • Noise, defined as a high frequency transient or oscillation, usually injected into the line by nearby equipment
  • Instability of the mains frequency
  • Harmonic distortion: defined as a departure from the ideal sinusoidal waveform expected on the line

Selecting the UPS for your equipment depends on several factors, the chief of which is what will be plugged into it?  If you have several devices plugged into the UPS then you will want to select a wattage size that can accommodate those appliances.   Get a tech involved to help you select the right component!  The technicians at Pronets are more than happy to help!