Power outages and computers

The recent April snowstorm brought a lot of havoc to our area and part of that havoc was power outages.

Many people in the area lost power during the storm and power outages can have a major effect on computers.

We had many calls about computers not turning on and devices not working properly after the outages. There really is no way to prepare for a power outage because you never know when it’s going to happen, but you can prepare your devices for a power outage.

The best way to prevent damage to your device during a power outage is to have a battery backup. Battery backups work just like power strips/surge protectors, but instead of shutting off when the power goes out they stay on for a short time and provide backup battery power to the devices plugged into them so they don’t shut off. This is great for desktop computers especially because it gives you time to quickly finish your work and shut down the machine properly to prevent damage to the system. There are battery backups that will last around or just more than an hour, but they get pretty expensive and it’s a little overkill for most home users. However, it is an option.

When you do know that the power is going to be shut off, or you believe a storm may cause the power to go out, we recommend shutting down and unplugging computers to prevent damage to them. It’s rare that you actually know when the power is going to cut out, so having a device in place that can help you with those unexpected outages can be nice, especially if it saves your system and your data from being damaged.

If you have any questions concerning computers or tech support contact us at icitizentech@windomnews.com or call the Citizen at 831-3455.

Updated: May 9, 2019 — 8:53 am