Hawaii Power Issues And Electronics

Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on earth, but depending on where you live the power quality and stability could be really problematic, especially for electronic equipment.  In Maui, we've had some major Power Outages over the course of the last year.  Also, I've noticed that some homes here in Maui appear to have daily power fluctuations.  If the fluctuations are serious enough, it can damage the electronics causing data loss, usage disruption, or even permanently damage the equipment.

If you store data, or have important electronics that need to be on consistently, or have a valuable purpose, such as Routers and File Servers, you might want to invest in a UPS.  UPS, also known as Uninterruptible Power Supplies are battery backup units.  They often look like a boxy block (containing a battery) with power plugs for your electronics.   You simply plug the UPS in the wall, then plug your valuable electronics into the UPS.  When the power goes out, or fluctuates the UPS provides steady, un-interrupted power for the unit.  This keeps the device from receiving damage from the fluctuations in power.  If your power fluctuates enough, having a UPS could be the difference in keeping your electronics safe vs. damaged.

When you buy a UPS there are several things to keep in mind:

  • Do you really need to invest in a UPS?  In some cases, all that is required is a good surge protector to protect against power fluctuations.  If you do not care much about the value of the equipment, data loss, or equipment interruption a UPS might not be the right solution.
  • How much power do you want to back the unit up for?  10 minutes, 1 hour, etc?
  • Do you need to auto-shutdown the devices?  Some more sophisticated UPS' can auto-shutdown the plugged devices before the power runs out.
  • How big of a space do you have?  Some spaces are really small, and cannot house larger UPS'.

For more information about UPS' and common power problems, check out the links below: