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Battery Backup Surge Protector

Updated on April 19, 2012

Do You Need a Battery Backup Surge Protector?

If you have a computer with valuable information, a nice flat screen TV, or other devices that are either expensive or contain important data, a battery backup surge protector could be a great investment. These devices can protect your equipment from power surges/spikes and other power fluctuations that can damage them over time. They can also provide backup power and software to allow you to safely shut down your computer, save open files, and protect all of your critical information in emergencies.

We'll provide some information to help you in the process of selecting one and show you some of the better options suitable for home use that are available online.

Choosing Your Battery Backup Surge Protector

Most people choose a battery backup surge protector to perform two primary functions. First to protect their equipment from power fluctuations. This happens most often from a lightning strike or fluctuation in the power provided by the electric company. Secondly, with the battery backup, users are able to continue using their computer or other equipment for a specified period of time even in the event of a total power loss. This allows them to save open files and so forth as well as do a safer, more controlled shut down.

There are a few important terms to know which you will encounter when shopping. Surge protection and surge suppression essentially mean the same thing. They merely mean that the voltage going to your electronic equipment can be regulated by the device. It needs to have a level at which it severs the connection if necessary.

Voltage regulation allows it to handle minor fluctuations that can be damaging overtime. Sometimes you will also see the term line conditioner mentioned. This basically means the device will monitor the line and handle other power problems, filtering if needed. The device may have circuitry and semi-conductors which re-route any excess energy as well.

UPS means uninterrupted power supply and CPS means continuous power supply. Both terms mean that the device will provide power when electricity isn't available.

When choosing your battery backup surge protector you may want to consider:

Number of OutletsThink about the number of devices (and peripheral devices) you will need to plug into it. For instance, you may want to plug in external hard drives, modems, routers, printers, and so forth along with your computer. You may want to plug in your cable set top box and DVR as well as your TV. Remember that power fluctuations and surges can enter through any line.Also be sure you know how many of the provided outlets offer surge protection and battery backup. Sometimes, not all of them do.LinesBe sure the device you choose will protect the types of lines you will want to use. (network, DSL, ethernet, fax, DSL, cable, satellite, and so forth) A device with both RJ-11 and RJ-45 protection is generally a good choice.PowerClearly you want a device that can handle the power required by your devices. For instance, a single computer may be fine with 300W but more is needed for additional equipment. You'll also want to know how much battery power you will have as a backup. Will it allow you to operate for another 20 minutes or another hour?>/li>Controlled Shut Down for ComputersHaving backup battery is critical for a controlled shut down of your computer but having software that allows you to program it to close open applications, and shut down in an orderly manner, even in your absence is best.Indicators/DisplaysIt can be critical to know at a glance that your battery backup and surge protection are active and working. A display can even let you know power levels and how much battery backup you have left when it matters most.

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    • TonyPayne profile image

      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Good tips, 5*****. I used to have 5 UPS's in the house, enough to handle 4 computers, monitors, modems, fax etc. Whether you go for one bigger one or several smaller ones depends on your needs. I also use them with televisions and cable boxes to prevent these from using their setting, and don't forget your phone as well - if the power goes out then only old fashioned plugged in phones will work.