Do I need a backup battery?

I decided to write this article today because I hear the thunder rolling outside. I think about people I have met through this profession, that don't want to go the extra step of having a backup battery. They think it's too much money, or overkill. Yes, today I am wondering if these people will have a computer by the end of the day.

However, it's not all hardware that gets fried when a surge happens. What you may not know or appreciate, is software can get pretty funky when you have been suddenly shut down from a surge. You could be in the middle of updates (ones that you didn't even realize were happening), and the electric blink. The next time you try to get on the computer, it will not boot, or you have lost something you were working on. It can corrupt files and software.

The short answer is yes; most likely, you need a backup battery. They can protect your investment (the computer) from the surges of life. Surges of storms, outages and that ever so clever glitch on the grid. One thing is definite. Cheap little white strips that boast surge protection, are NO protection for you computer.

The next question would be what type of backup battery do I need? That depends on your work environment. What do you really expect from your equipment? Backup batteries (you want ones with surge protection) come in different configurations. Some will leave your computer on for a very few minutes while slowly draining the power away, while others can stay on much longer. Obviously, if you were in an office environment, that demands you finish your work before shutdown, you would need longer battery life.

Some consideration should be given to the load you put on your backup battery. If you have a powerful setup, then a higher wattage backup battery is in order. Generally, you should not plug printers into backup batteries. When considering load, these should not be in the equation

Two of the more popular brands are APC and Tripplite. I have used both and have been very pleased with their performance. They have offered me solid protection within a cost that seems reasonable for each setup. The batteries inside seem to last a good deal of time as well. These charge up after each down time, but do eventually need replacing.

See the list below for recommended backup batteries (Recommended for both quality and user experience):