The power outages of the big ice storm served as a reminder that your computer equipment is at the mercy of mother nature. Within the week after the ice storm we replaced roughly a half dozen power supplies in computers. One computer was too badly damaged to repair. The causes of this are: A sudden power loss that causes a weak power supply to fail or in some instances, a hard drive or motherboard to fail. Brownouts where your computer equipment is getting power, but it is not at the right voltage. Surges that are caused from a sudden increase of power after the electricity comes on or when coming out of a brownout. So, the ice storms are over. What's next? Thunderstorm season. Spring and summer bring the same challenges listed above. Are you protected? If you have a simple power strip or an old surge protector power strip you are most likely not protected. An investment in good protection is a small price to pay verses losing your computer or the use of your computer while it is being repaired. We carry power protection for computer equipment. This includes surge protectors. However, we also carry better protection in the form of UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) devices. These devices provide the best protection possible as they provide power during brownouts and even sudden power outages. They have batteries in them that keep your equipment running for a short time during brief outages or allow you to shut down properly during longer outages.