Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) to Protect Your Computer from Power Outages and Surges

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) device is recommended as it keeps your computer powered on during a power outage or brownout.  Additionally, a UPS prevents damage from power surges which may occur when power returns after an outage.  UPS devices only provide power for a short time to allow you to shut your computer down gracefully without damage.

Below are the basic steps. iShop vendors offer many UPS brands and models available.  Please follow the instructions that came with the item you purchased.

  1. Connect the battery - Remove battery cover and connect the battery.  Depending on the model, this may involve connecting the red wire to the red terminal, and black wire to black terminal - or, flipping the battery over so the green tabs are facing up.
  2. Plug the UPS into the wall outlet.
  3. Turn the UPS on.
  4. Typically, one side of the device has outlets that offer battery backup and surge protection.  The other side has outlets that provide just surge protection.  
    1. Connect devices that need to stay powered on during a blackout (computer and monitor) to the battery-backup outlets.  There will be an indication on the device showing which outlets are battery-backup outlets. If your device has a "master outlet," plug your computer into that outlet.
    2. Connect devices that only need surge protection to the other outlets (these may be marked as "controlled outlets").

Here are a couple of videos that provide setup examples.  However, follow the instructions that came with your specific device.





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