UPS Unit – Saves The Day Hundreds of Times Per Year – Totally Worth It
I sometimes write articles that have little or nothing to do directly with Workers Comp. This article on the J&L office UPS unit is one of those non-WC bits of useful information.
One of the most popular articles of all time in my 15 years of writing articles was on how to find and retrieve your lost cell phone. I had an incident in Las Vegas where I left my phone in an Uber rideshare.
I have also written two articles on how to increase your online connection speed while working at home – another two popular articles.
UPS Unit – What Is It?
The UPS stands for Uninterruptible Power Supply. If you work from home as many workers comp claims adjusters do, or during and now after the pandemic, you switched to a home office, the UPS unit will be easily worth the cost.
I first came across UPSs when I worked for Lumbermens Underwriting Alliance (LUA) in Boca Raton, FL. The tropical climate caused afternoon thunderstorms every day during the summer.
Even though this was in the late 1980s to early 1990s, when a severe thunderstorm hit, the UPS units would kick on when the power went out until a generator kicked in and provided power to the building. LUA’s UPS system saved hundreds of hours of lost work every year.
UPS Unit – Where To Buy One?
eBay has the UPSs used for $30 without a battery. You can order a replacement battery for $30 and under on Amazon. If you do not like working with tools, then eBay and Amazon have new ones for under $75.
Replacing the battery requires a screwdriver and 10 minutes. My APC(r) UPS unit gives me 20 minutes to finish up my work before I lose power.
What do I have hooked into the UPS unit? These are all super-sensitive to changes in the electrical supply
- Business Telephone System
- Business Phones
- Wireless Modem
- Cable Modem
Best Secret of Our APC Unit
Most UPSs also have a built-in true spike and brownout protector. When the air conditioning/heater or dehumidifier comes on the UPS will click meaning that the four above critical systems do not shut down due to a spike or brownout in the system.
The same happens during storms and the rare brownouts. The UPS will click when it senses power surges or lower power situations to the battery for a few seconds.
The unit clicked threes while I wrote this article. Without the UPS, I would have never been able to finish it. Many power companies have said we may experience more brownouts and blackouts than usual over the next year or two.