What's a UPS Battery Backup? And Why You're Taking a Risk Without One

What's a UPS Battery Backup? And Why You're Taking a Risk Without One

Jason Yang
Aug 15, 2012

So there's a power outage in your neighborhood or the lights simply flicker for a moment. No big deal, right? Except your computer hardware and files can be at risk if everything suddenly shuts down without properly and intentionally doing so. Find out more about the risks of not having a battery backup.

An uninterrupted power supply (UPS) is a fairly inexpensive safeguard to protect your computer from unexpected power loss. Even if the battery only lasts for a few minutes, it gives you those precious moments to save your work and properly shut down your computer. So what happens if you don't have a UPS and you just let the power company play God with your computer?

Forget for a moment any potential equipment damages and losses. The biggest thing you'd probably be sad/mad to lose is your personal files. Whether they are for work or pleasure, super pertinent or just things you've been hoarding, it hurts to lose something important from your computer.

Also consider what will happen if you're working on a file and hadn't saved your changes in a while (learn CTRL-S and use it frequently) and the power goes out. All that hard work goes out the window, and motivation to retype it all also goes out the window.

Then consider that your operating system might become corrupted. Most of the time your computer will be able to boot back up from an unexpected shutdown, but not allowing it to gracefully close things out raises the potential for error. Important system files can become corrupted, among other not so good for your operating system things.

So spend a few bucks and plug it into a UPS.

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