This last round of recent storms brought some power outages to our area and a bunch of lightning strikes. While you can’t really anticipate a power outage you can brace yourself for the coming storms by turning off and/or unplugging your electronic devices.
Our main concerns with storms is power surges. So having your desktop, laptop, router, etc. plugged into a surge protector, or battery backup is your best bet if you leave them plugged in during storms. Desktops are a little more susceptible to power surges since they have to be plugged into a power source for them to even run. Laptops on the other hand have batteries built into them which is what allows them to be portable. So having them unplugged during storms isn’t as big a deal because the machine can run off of battery power, unless you’re low on battery.
Even with devices plugged into battery backups or surge protectors doesn’t mean you are completely protected. If the surge is strong enough it can get through anything, and then the only thing protecting your devices is having them unplugged.
Power outages don’t quite cause as many problems as power surges, but can still be a headache for your devices. Again, there is no way to know if you are going to lose power, but knowing that strong storms are coming can give you the heads up to unplug your devices.
Some of you may not be able to unplug your devices during storms and for this we recommend that you have a battery backup. These devices have half of their outlets as surge protector outlets, and the other half are battery backup outlets. If you have your devices plugged into the battery outlets and the power goes out they will run off of the battery power in the battery backup. This prevents your machine from immediately shutting down during a power outage, but is not meant to keep you working until it’s back on. They are solely to prevent unexpected shutdowns, and give you enough time to shut down properly when the power does go out.