Blackouts, surges and brownouts can all wreak havoc on your electronics. A solid battery backup/uninterruptible power supply (UPS) will keep your gear safe from surges, condition the power as it comes in, and ensure your machine keeps running until you can turn it off safely in case of a power outage. This week, we’re looking at five of the best, based on your nominations.
Dear Lifehacker, I recently had free government-sponsored Embertec smart switches installed which help save power by turning off appliances in standby mode. The equipment works well, however, I have heard of concerns about using these, mostly about the temperature of the electrical equipment in standby mode and how this changes with the equipment being fully switched off. Do you know if there is any real risk of damaging AV equipment by using smart switches? Thanks, Switching Teams
You shouldn’t deliberately hurt yourself with electricity. I’ll repeat that. You shouldn’t deliberately hurt yourself with electricity. But if you do so accidentally, which type of current hurts more?
This is the year of electricity prices. Everyone, from the Prime Minister to your favourite barista, is talking about the recent rapid escalation in electricity prices. These increases are a complex story of governments, regulation and an investment program of $42 billion. To put it simply: there is the need to replace ageing assets and to meet safety and reliability standards. But the real bad boy is peak power.
In most Australian states, you can choose between a number of electricity providers, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get a good deal. A survey of 1020 Australians by consumer advocate CHOICE suggests that barely half of those who have changed power companies are sure they made the right choice.