Last Updated on August 23, 2022 by Sourav Sahu
When it comes to electricity in India, there are a lot of gaps, to say the least. As work moved to home due to the pandemic, people simply had to make do with what they had, but electricity proved to be a major issue. Most cities experience power outages, especially during the summertime, and this really proved debilitating to the working class trying to get things done from home.
The most common solution for this problem was to either invest in an inverter, or in a UPS. The thing about inverters is that they are rather expensive and take a lot of work during installation. Also, if you live in a rented place, getting an inverter installed is not really a viable option, unless you plan to leave it there. The next best option would be to get yourself a UPS.
A UPS is much like an inverter but on a smaller scale and power output. They are mainly used to power PCs during power cuts, and also act as surge protection for your valuable appliances. Short for Uninterrupted Power Supply, UPS’s are actually pretty viable if you want that extra time after a power cut to save your work, or even finish upon it.
If you are an avid gamer, losing your progress can be quite the issue if you lose electricity. That said, most gaming setups are quite powerful and do require a similar kind of UPS to make sure they are powered during an electricity outage.
Depending on your power requirements, or how much power your computer needs to stay on for a reliable amount of time, you could potentially invest in a UPS accordingly. For example, if your PC has a PSU of more than 650W powering your system and its components, a UPS with more than 1100VA proves to be the best. A more powerful PC would obviously need a bigger UPS.
That said, the connected peripherals also make a difference. Say you have a 27” monitor and a speaker unit attached to the same UPS, you can guarantee that its power output might not last that long. The best way to make sure your UPS runs for a viable amount of time is to attach only the most important peripherals to it. The cabinet and monitor must be connected obviously, but you can also connect your broadband to it to make sure your internet connection also stays on during a power outage.
How to choose the right UPS?
When it comes to finding the best UPS for PC your apparent requirements, making the right choice can prove a little difficult if you do not know what you are getting yourself into. The first step would be to understand how much power your UPS is required to provide. This is directly correlated to how powerful your PC is in the first place.
Given your PC is a basic one, a workstation with limited use and not a lot of components to power, you can invest in a smaller UPS, maybe 600VA, or even less. However, the problem begins when your PC is a lot more powerful than a basic workstation. For example, gaming PCs are most times quite power-hungry and come with a PSU, or a power supply unit of around 550W-650W. The graphics card needs quite a bit of power to run, plus if you have any RGB lights inside, that can add up to the total power requirement as well.
In this case, investing in a bigger, more powerful UPS is the better option. There are two viable kinds of UPS, one is 600VA, and the other is 1100VA. For a basic PC, 600VA is great, for a bulkier PC, 1100VA might prove more helpful.
Also, if you connect additional peripherals to the UPS, it would have to distribute power to each and effectively reduce the total duration of the UPS lasting. If your cabinet has a lot of components in it, say a couple of GPUs, multiple RAM chips, HDDs, and SSDs connected, that would also effectively reduce the amount of time your UPS would last.
So, all that said, you should choose a UPS depending on how much power your computer, or PC, needs to stay on during a power cut. Yes, a 600VA UPS might keep your PC running for a while, but you can be sure it will not for more than 10 mins. The same computer on a 1100VA UPS would last more than 20mins.
So, yes, UPS are actually quite useful appliances and provide a lot of conveniences when you most need it. The best part is that they are rather long-lasting appliances and will keep running for years and decades. Treat them as an investment because if you make the right choice while purchasing a UPS, you will not have to worry about replacing it for a very long time.
Also, since they can be used as a power backup for literally any appliance that can run on it, you can even charge your phone, laptop, or even power a desk fan if you want. They are actually highly useful and convenient to use. A must-have if you own a PC. Buying them is also pretty straightforward once you know what to look for. The brand and price also matter a lot in terms of durability and quality. So, if you live in a place that sees frequent power outages, a UPS can really help you in a lot of ways.