You’ll be glad for your uninterruptible power supply (UPS) when your typical power source fails, or when the voltage is above the necessary levels to function, as power surges or spikes. The benefit to UPS backups is twofold. First and foremost, they supply power for hardworking electronics — like desktops and all-in-one computers, phone systems or network equipment — when your power no longer performs. Because of this, these backup power supplies also let you save work and data that otherwise might have been lost.
The terms are used interchangeably, but UPS backups do offer more protective qualities than traditional backup batteries. UPS go into effect immediately when power shorts or a surge occurs. Not every backup battery has surge protection, which is why it’s important to distinguish it from UPS, which will also protect your machines in the event of a power brownout, blackout or surge.
How do UPS and backup power supplies work?
The battery backup is a device, available in a range of sizes, that simply plugs into your electronics. These UPS backups are a smart investment for your machines in the long run. A continuous UPS power supply is constantly charging when not in use, so it’s ready to go whenever your machine needs uninterrupted power. Standby UPS runs off normal power until a problem has been detected. As you’re shopping for your UPS power backup, take a look at what type of inputs (and how many) the device has so you can properly plug in your machines. Do you need backup power with USB ports or do standard outlets meet your needs? Be sure to stock up on USB cables so you can properly connect your UPS with your machines if the answer is the former. Many models include both types of plug-ins. The size of the battery backup will determine how much power it can provide to your devices and for how long.