It is better to have a UPS | Local features
Trinidad and Tobago is in the middle of hurricane season in the Atlantic. During this time, the power fluctuations are constant, so it is best to protect your electrical equipment from sudden surges or blackouts. Now that many people are working from home, having a UPS (short for uninterruptible power supply) is essential for computers, appliances and other devices.
Schneider Electric, a leading provider of power automation solutions, offers five important reasons to have a home UPS:
1. In addition to providing protection against high voltage spikes and fluctuations, an inverter also serves as a power reserve. It carries an internal battery that allows us to switch from power supplied by the electric company to an inverter or to a power plant. In addition, constant voltage regulation is ensured so that whatever is connected to the UPS receives a stable level of power no matter what.
2. There are three types of inverters:
a) Standby, which receives the power supply, charges the battery and at the same time transfers this electricity to the connected component;
b) Interactive Line, which adds voltage regulation and offers greater protection;
c) Double Conversion, which is more robust and allows the connected equipment to be powered 100% from the UPS battery and never from the external power supply.
3. Electronic devices, including routers and Wi-Fi equipment, generally do not use a lot of power, so a UPS can run them for a few hours or more, depending on the size. This is usually enough time to avoid downtime, and also to ensure that you can shut down your devices without wasting any work.
4. If the UPS is already installed, it is a good idea to periodically take stock of any changes in your IT environment as the IT load has likely increased, which means that a larger UPS, batteries or Additional units may be required to accommodate the increased load. charge and maintain the desired run time.
5. With so much equipment in our homes requiring different power requirements, it can be difficult to know exactly what size inverter to use. Schneider Electric has created an inverter selector to help you choose.
Also, don’t leave your data to chance. The following tips can help you secure your digital information for hurricane season:
1. Plan to back up your personal and business data on a regular basis. Hurricane season shouldn’t be your cue to prepare data and devices for a disaster, as anything can happen to your home or office throughout the year. However, the onset of hurricane season can be a reminder to verify that automatic backups are regularly scheduled and functioning properly. This is extremely important for those who own a business and can rely on the files and data saved on a computer to run that business once the storm has passed.
2. Scan important documents and documents in a digital format. This can be done using a scanner, handheld camera, or a free app on your cell phone that scans documents using the phone’s camera.
3. Take before and after photos and videos of your home, business, furniture, and valuables. These will be invaluable if an insurance claim needs to be made.
4. After your key information has been digitally saved, back up your data and files to an external hard drive or USB flash drive. When updated frequently, these backup drives become a portable copy of the data on your computer or device. When the call is made to evacuate, remember to take your backup discs with you.
5. Back up your data and files to a cloud-based server. Uploading your information to the âcloudâ provides an extra layer of protection in case something happens to your phone, computer or backup drives. With cloud-based protection, your information is secure online and can be easily restored to the original device or to a replacement device.
6. Once everything is digitally backed up, it is wise to store all important papers, documents and memorabilia in a fireproof and easily transportable container. It could involve such important items as birth certificates and passports, or irreplaceable keepsakes like family photo albums.
7. If your area is prone to flooding, place electronics in high, dry places away from windows. Water is an obvious enemy of electronic technology. Even the smallest amount of water can ruin your device.
8. Make sure electronic devices are unplugged during a thunderstorm. Power outages and lightning can occur and cause significant damage to devices, including computers, servers, and televisions. Charge portable batteries before storms to avoid having to plug in devices.
9. Limit the use of electronics until the storm has passed and the power is stabilized. It will be tempting to turn on your phone or computer to check internet access and news on the way to the storm. Don’t give in. It is important to turn off and unplug devices to avoid damage from power surges and battery drain. You may need to make an emergency call during or after the thunderstorm, so you need to conserve your battery life.
10. You might be thinking, âIf I can’t use my device, how am I going to hear about it? Â»Your hurricane kit should contain a battery-powered radio with plenty of extra batteries.