Uninterruptible power supplies are essential tools most especially in the Philippines. The country experiences frequent power fluctuations and it would be ideal to have one in every household. UPS systems are vital gizmos that provide protection to appliances and gadgets.

The powerful device is also surrounded with facts that are not known to many. Here are five of them:

1. The world’s largest UPS is a 46-megawatt Battery Electric Storage System (BESS)

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The world’s largest UPS is the 46-megawatt Battery Electric Storage System (BESS) located in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA. The amazing thing about the rechargeable battery is not only its size but also its capacity to provide power to the entire city and nearby rural communities during outages!

2. John J. Hanley patented the first UPS device

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These photos are the actual copies of scientist John J. Hanley’s patent of the first UPS in 1934. Hanley gave the device the lofty name of “Apparatus for Maintaining an Unfailing and Uninterrupted Supply of Electrical Energy.” The term is too long, it’s going to need its own box; good thing its moniker changed into something shorter throughout its development.

3. They serve as your first line of defense against power issues

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The Philippines sits on the Ring of Fire which makes it more susceptible to natural disasters. These catastrophes result to power issues like spikes, brownouts, blackouts and noise. An uninterruptible power supply in the country would be your first line of defense from these drawbacks. It does not only provide emergency power, it defends your appliances and gadgets from spikes or surges as well.

4. Laser printers should not be plugged into UPS systems

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Laser printers draw a high current to heat up their fuser roller. In other terms, a large amount of power is consumed by this device. A typical UPS cannot cope with such a spike. The prolonged connection of the laser printer to the UPS can cause the latter to overheat or even worse, blow up.

5. The battery is the most common culprit of UPS failures

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Think of it this way: a UPS battery is like the mitochondria. It serves as the powerhouse of the cell, or, in this case, the UPS device.  Precautionary measures should be implemented to take good care of your battery, like proper cleaning and regular maintenance to say the least.

In this age of technology, power outages often spell doom. Thanks to innovation, these setbacks won’t be much of an issue.  A boon in the form of uninterruptible power supplies here in the Philippines saves us the hassle of broken machines and corrupted data.