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Power Failure Season Approches



September 26th, 2010 14:36 pm | by Ed |

What does Autumn have in common with Spring? For one thing, in Arkansas it means it's the season for increased storm activity because of all the "warm air meets cold air" action that's going on and when that happens around here it's essential to be prepared for the power failures that happen because of those storms. Actually, we're already well into what I think of as storm season.

All that unstable weather frequently plays havoc with power lines around here. That is largely because out here in the boondocks we still have most, if not all, of the power lines running above ground. That, combined with having a LOT more trees & such that can be broken apart and tossed about by the high winds that go along with such storms and you've got a very high probability that power will be interrupted.

backup power supplyThat's why it's not just a good idea to have some kind of backup power supply, it really is essential. I've been there before more than once. One minute I'm working on something and then a storm thirty miles away drops a tree on exactly the one power line that, when cut, leaves me sitting in the dark and my computer shut down and the thing I was working on lost.

Plus, I've never met a computer that didn't have problems with suddenly losing power. Especially if something was being written to the hard drive when the power failed. This can mean anywhere from a few minutes to hours or even days of trying to get things fixed once the computer can boot up again. It can even render the hard drive itself a useless pile of junk (while that result is a little more rare, it *does* happen.).

The solution, of course, is obvious. It's way past time to see what's on sale in the backup power supply department. I was looking around this morning and found a beauty. It's a APC Smart-UPS from American Power Conversion.

This baby can provide 16.6 Minutes of backup power at a 600W Load. This is easily long enough to close down all programs in a nice, polite, data preserving manner and then shut down the computer instead of having it drop out from under you in the middle of a project. What's cool is that not only are the battery packs hot-swappable, the thing can be configured to use up to ten of them at once which would give over 24 hours of power.

In an area like this one that is all too prone to power failures, this should be considered a must-have.

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