Storm Season and PCs

It’s storm season, which readers would know very well if they were in town on Tuesday 21st February when a huge storm ripped through Cooroy, Eumundi, Tewantin and surrounds.  This means its time for my yearly encouragement to make sure you have decent surge protection and where necessary, Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS).

This week I’ve been swamped with work fixing broken PCs and networking equipment due to the storm.  Many of these faults would have been prevented with a good quality surge protection board, or a UPS.  A good UPS will also provide steady voltage delivery, very handy for these parts with the frequent “brown outs” (ie. When your lights dip).   You can get a decent UPS for $140. Even if it gets fried in a storm, if it protects your $1000 PC then its worth the sacrifice.  But make sure you not only turn off your electronics during storms, but unplug the from the wall for the best protection.  Some of the lightning strikes that cause surges hit so close to peoples houses that no level of surge protection equipment would help and surges have blown everything plugged into a wall socket.

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