Uninterruptible Power Supply: Using and caring for your desktop UPS

Proper set up, periodic battery replacements are key to making sure your desktop UPS will work when you need it.

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Remember, buying a good UPS once every three or four years (and a fresh battery every two years) costs you about a dollar or so a week. One power event can interrupt a critical task, mean hours of lost productivity, or hundreds of dollars in hardware damage. That UPS is a business expense: Don't be a short-sighted cheapskate.

Daniel P. Dern is a freelance technology writer based in Newton Center, MA. His web site is www.dern.com and his technology blog is TryingTechnology.com.

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