Power outages are inevitable. That is why Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems are now widely available. UPS systems store power so that when out occur, they can act as 'batteries' and allow you to still use your computer without losing any data. UPS batteries usually last for hours, depending on the quality of the battery.
How it works
UPS batteries are placed in between the socket and the equipment. When there is electricity, the battery is continuously charging and collecting power. When power goes out, the UPS battery will automatically switch on, saving you from data loss.
Nowadays, UPS batteries are no longer used only for computers. High-powered devices and even telecommunications devices also have corresponding UPS systems for protection.
Kinds of batteries
There are two kinds of UPS batteries: the electrolytic and the vented UPS battery. The electrolytic UPS battery, also known as flooded wet cells, is more expensive yet durable. It can last for as long as 20 years. Meanwhile, vented UPS batteries are cheaper but less durable, lasting for only five years.
Choosing the right UPS battery
When buying a UPS battery, it is important to ask yourself three questions: Is it going to be used indoors or outdoors? How long will it supply power? Does it match the voltage output?
Make sure you purchase the appropriate one to prevent accidents. Also make sure that your UPS battery has a built-in surge suppressor and warranty for added protection. Finally, do not just settle for any cheap brand. Invest in a high-quality UPS battery, even if it is a bit more expensive. A cheap but faulty unit will only damage your appliances and devices (sometimes beyond repair), costing you more money in the long run.