Causes Of Power Surge And How UPS Acts Better Than A Surge Protector

Irregular power surges, sudden voltage drops or brownouts, and outages can all cause irreversible damage to the internal components of your computer.

Suppose you are operating your computer and close to finalising a document or sending out a report with critical last-minute details, suddenly the power goes out. Your computer instantly shuts down leaving you wondering, when was the last time I hit that save button — Electrical surges are one of the leading causes of hard drive failure, which we have seen and experienced firsthand.

What is a power surge?

A power surge is a sudden and brief increase in voltage or current in an electrical circuit. It can occur when the flow of electricity is interrupted and started again, causing a sudden change of energy. These surges can mainly cause irreparable damage to electronic equipment, such as computers, televisions, and other electronic devices, by overheating and damaging internal components. To protect against power surges, UPS battery  and surge protectors are used, which are designed to divert excess voltage away from electronic devices and prevent damage. However, UPS batteries work more efficiently than surge protectors.

Causes of a power surge

A power surge or a sudden and brief increase in voltage or current in an electrical circuit, can be caused by several factors, including:

Lightning strikes:

One of the most common causes of power surges is lightning strikes. When lightning strikes power lines, it can send a surge of electricity through the lines and into homes and buildings.

Utility company equipment:

Faulty equipment or maintenance procedures by the utility company can also cause power surges. These can occur when transformers or other equipment fail or when the power is switched on and off.

Electrical wiring problems:

Faulty electrical wiring, loose connections, and damaged cords can also cause power surges. These can occur when the wiring is overloaded or when there is a short circuit.

Faulty appliances:

Appliances with faulty wiring or other internal problems can cause power surges when they turn on or off. Which can lead to the whole power system in a situational crisis.

High-powered electrical devices:

Large electrical devices such as air conditioners, refrigerators, and elevators can cause power surges when they start up or shut down.

Power outages:

When power is restored after a sudden power outage, it can sometimes cause a power surge which lasts for a long time.

Human error:

Accidentally plugging in too many devices or using the wrong type of electrical outlet can also cause power surges.

How ups help in a power surge

While power surges can be caused by a variety of factors, they can be prevented or minimized by using UPS batteries as surge protectors and ensuring that electrical wiring and appliances are properly maintained. UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) systems help protect electronic devices and equipment from power surges in many ways:

Voltage Regulation:

UPS systems regulate the incoming voltage to ensure that it remains at a stable level, even if there are fluctuations in the power supply. This helps prevent damage to electronic devices that may occur when voltage levels spike or drop suddenly.

Battery Backup:

Most UPS systems include a built-in battery backup that can provide power to connected devices in the event of a power outage or brownout. This helps prevent data loss or damage to equipment due to sudden power loss.

Surge Protection:

UPS systems also typically include surge protection to help prevent damage to connected devices from power surges caused by lightning strikes, power outages, or other events.

Noise Filtering:

Some UPS systems include noise filtering capabilities that can help reduce electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) which may affect the performance of electronic equipment.

UPS batteries are designed to provide a stable and reliable power supply to electronic devices and equipment and to protect them from damage due to power surges and other power-related issues.

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