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2 Easy Ways To Back Up Your Battery And Surge Protection

2 Easy Ways To Back Up Your Battery And Surge Protection

Electronic devices are not cheap, so it is important to make sure that you use them safely. If you do not pay attention to the safety of electrical devices, then it can cost you a lot of money.

An electrical surge is a problem that can ruin your devices. To keep your devices, including computers, fax or printers, and other electronics safe, it is critical to have a backup for your battery and protection against these surges. Surge protection will ensure that your expensive equipment is protected in the case of an outage or downed power lines.

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There are several ways of creating a main battery backup and surge protector. There is an extensive range of surge protectors with a wide range of prices and each piece has different features to offer. It is not always easy to make the best choice while ensuring that the equipment is as good as the promises made by manufacturers. Here are some of the ways you can provide protection against electrical surges.

Standalone surge protectors

The function of a surge protector is to make sure that computers are safe from a power surge that may occur from a power source. These protectors work by transferring the excess voltage through the grounding wire of the device, keeping the surge from reaching the device. It makes sure that the device is only receiving the voltage which is essential for its functionality. It helps in making sure that the electronic devices last for a long time. Surge protectors are perfect for devices that don’t come with backup batteries, like a desktop.

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Protection against electrical storms:

While surge protectors will keep your devices safe from any electrical problems, they are not effective in keeping them safe against the intensity of electrical surges. The intensity of power caused by lightning is too much for standalone surge protectors. So, in the case of a storm, you should unplug your devices.

Uninterruptable power supplies (UPS)

A UPS is an excellent device for providing backup batteries. It allows the equipment to run for some time even if there is a power outage. It will keep your devices safe from a disruption of power. The backup battery starts its work once the main power is no longer working. It allows you to save your work before the device shuts off. Most UPS batteries come with a feature that allows them to automatically start the shutdown process. This saves you the trouble of going through a manual shut down. You can choose the best batteries from reliable sources such as Battery Clerk.

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The UPS comes with surge protection, which helps in providing protection against power spikes. It is an excellent way of keeping your devices and all of their components safe from any extensive damage. You can also make use of software to ensure that you do not lose important documents or data as the UPS is triggered.

In case of a power outage:

It is important to be prepared for any situation. If there is a power surge followed by an outage, then having a UPS will make sure that you keep things safe. If there is a voltage spike, then it will be redirected to the UPS, keeping the device safe.

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A UPS is not cheap, but it is worth the money as it offers a lot of excellent features. They cost more than surge protectors, but they also offer more advantages, including a surge protector as well as a backup battery.

UPS and surge protectors are both useful, but while making the choice you need to make sure that you take personal circumstances into consideration. You have to make sure that the system you choose is able to protect your system from any power fluctuations. A UPS may be expensive, but it offers more advantages, so if you have the budget, then make sure that you spend your money on the best protection possible. The UPS is a better choice if you have a bigger office. If you use your personal computer for work occasionally, then surge protectors are a good option.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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