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Dodge data loss, power spikes and dying laptop blues says Battery World 

March 31, 2011
Dodge data loss, power spikes and dying laptop blues says Battery World

Don't have a blackout roll over a data-laden spreadsheet or a term paper you forgot to save. Electrical spikes upset servers big-time, Battery World experts say.

Recent extreme weather events are a typical source of potential havoc for PC's laptops, broadband modems, printers, routers and related computer equipment.

Battery World says that Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) safeguards against events like lighting strikes, electrical surges, brownouts, shutdowns and data loss.

An uninterruptible power supply, (UPS) or battery backup, provides emergency power when the input power source, typically the utility mains, fails. A UPS differs from an auxiliary or emergency power system or standby generator in that it will provide instantaneous or near-instantaneous protection from input power interruptions by means of one or more attached batteries and associated electronic circuitry for low power users.

A UPS is a battery backup unit that plugs in between the computer and the wall socket. If the power to the computer is suddenly cut, or drops significantly even for a microsecond, a UPS cuts in instantly and automatically supplies power from its built-in battery. There is then time to safely save documents and shut down properly usually from 5-15 minutes, depending on the size of the UPS.

Battery World supplies batteries to refurbish current UPS systems.

Many home UPS systems come with power management software that shuts down automatically. Once the UPS detects a significant power sag (or a total dropout) it immediately triggers the management software to save documents and shut down the computer properly.

Modern home UPS systems protect against electricity spikes and surges that can damage circuitry. Usually, surge protection is provided on all sockets which have battery backup protection.

A UPS may also have one or more sockets that provide surge protection only. This is useful for attaching devices that do not specifically need a battery backup, such as printers, scanners and other computer accessories.

Battery World says that staying connected on the go with a laptop is not much use if the laptop battery only lasts 30 minutes. The average laptop battery lasts between three and four hours, but this varies greatly based on how the owner uses their laptop.

Battery types fit a huge range of requirements
Battery types fit a huge range of requirements

The life of a laptop battery can certainly be extended by the way it is used. The basic first move is to set the battery to the power saver setting instead of high performance.

Don't try and work in bright light and turn down the screen brightness. Sound is not essential to most laptop tasks so turn it off until you really need it.

Do not leave the laptop connected to a mains power source for extended periods. Work that battery right across its power range. This guards against it acquiring a short memory which will lead to replacement of the battery being necessary.

Each time the battery is recharge it loses memory until it has none. Laptops like the Dell Vostro 1510 provide an on screen alert when battery replacement time comes.

If a replacement is required check to be sure the right battery is fitted. Know the make and model of the laptop. Check the battery compartment for information. Most laptop batteries have specifications which make life much easier. They include the battery part number, which is golden knowledge when it comes time for the right replacement.

The ideal is a replacement battery which requires the least charging time and which will last longest. The average life of a laptop battery is between two and four years.

But if the laptop is often left connected to mains power then this can be dramatically shortened.

Don't throw the old laptop battery in the trash, it must be disposed of responsibly and Battery World will help with disposal. Battery World stores will work with you to think green and act purple. Look for recycling bins.

Battery World: www.batteryworld.com.au to find your nearest local store and hours of business.

After Hours: Phone 13 17 60 for 24hr Emergency Roadside Service

Batteries can be recycled
Batteries can be recycled
Laptop battery with product identification 013
Laptop battery with product identification 013
GoSee thinks Green and acts Purple at Battery World Belmont, Victoria
GoSee thinks Green and acts Purple at Battery World Belmont, Victoria