APC - RS BR900VA Back-UPSSetting up a UPS is actually pretty simple, but there is a sequence that you must follow to ensure proper protection and power supplied to the devices connected. We’ll show you the steps to connecting your UPS – The Right Way!

The importance of power protection to your PC and other electronic devices is absolutely crucial. Our homes are constantly bombarded by electrical surges and brown outs. Every time your refrigerators compressor starts, there’s a surge in your home’s electrical system that can affect other electronic devices connected to wall outlets. The necessity of having a UPS becomes even more critical when we’re working on an extremely important computer job. At the last keystroke to an important business proposal, your power goes out and you lose your entire document. That’s why we have Uninterruptible Power Supplies, or UPS. But to ensure you have your UPS connected properly, we’ll show you how in a few easy steps.

1. Make a list of the PC equipment that you will connect to the UPS. Then add up the total wattage for the equipment and make sure it does not exceed the handling capacity of the UPS.
2. Take the UPS and place it in a location where it is clear from obstructions and can receive plenty of ventilation.
3. Connect the UPS to a grounded outlet and allow the internal battery to fully charge. This is usually a minimum of four hours. Please refer to the included instructions for the specific amount of time needed to charge.
4. Once the UPS is fully charged, shut down your computer and connect the Computer, Monitor and peripherals to your UPS.
5. Power-up the UPS. Once you power-up the UPS, there should be a lit LED, indicating that the UPS is powered up.
6. Power up your computer, beginning with your monitor and peripherals first.
7. Install the UPS software into your PC.
8. Test the UPS according to the manufactures instructions.

Power Line Conditioners
If you notice that your neighborhood continuously receives power spikes or brownouts, you home may need a power line conditioner. Power line conditioners are used to compensate peaks and valleys in the power that is supplied to your home. For example, if your home’s voltage were to drop below 120 volts, the power line conditioner would amplify the voltage and increase it to as close to 110 volts as possible. If the voltage were to exceed 130 volts, then the power line conditioner would reduce the voltage to near 120 volts. If the voltage were to exceed 140 volts or fall below 90 volts, the power line conditioner would shut the power off to protect the electronic devices connected.

That’s all you need to protect your computer from surges, brownouts and blackouts. The use of a UPS is critical for the home business or the person who cannot afford to loose the work they are completing due to blackouts. If your need for a UPS is not critical, always have a surge protector connected to your computer to protect it from power surges and brownouts.

Tips & Hints:
Never connect more devices than the UPS can handle. During a power outage, the UPS will not support the required power and prematurely shut off.

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