Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Cheap Ways to Foil Power Failures

Battery Backups Prevent Messy Shut-Downs and Preserve Data

Everybody knows you should plug your computers and other equipment into surge protectors to keep them safe against power spikes. What you might not know is that surge protectors can't help when it comes to power failures and fluctuations. In the event of a sudden outage, you might lose unsaved data or encounter serious software failures as a result of your equipment not shutting down properly.

Fortunately, there is a solution: battery backups. A battery backup combines the benefit of a surge protector along with the ability to keep your computer up in the event of a power failure -- long enough for the software that comes with the battery to gracefully shut down the computer and its applications. A battery backup generally costs $100 or less, and can be well worth the money when you compare it to the cost of reloading crashed computers.


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