Graphic Designer’s Guide: Emergency Backup in Case of Electrical Failure

By Christopher Parker | April 9, 2017 | Default

In this digital age, where most work is done using a computer, we are incredibly dependent on electricity. Luckily we live in a country that has a reliable electrical grid, which almost never fails, we can’t let that unprepared, though. During my time in South-east Asia, I experienced times when the supply of electricity wasn’t all that reliable, so I learned to always save my files during progress and make backups, invested on an uninterrupted power supply, and a backup laptop to work on. This became a habit that I brought back home with me to Atlanta.

Useful Backup Power Supplies You Can Get

If you can afford it, I highly suggest getting a backup power supply for your home and office, like the Following:

• Generator – Having this will allow you to continue to work with most if not all of your equipment, expensive and costly to run but very reliable.

• Solar Panel System – A bit more costly to install, and not reliable during long periods of time without sunlight, it pays off in the long run. You also help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.

• UPS – The least expensive of all, but designed to only give you a few minutes to an hour of work time on your PC. Easy to install, no electrician needed.

If you don’t already have an electrician of your own, there should be a few in your area, when I was in Atlanta, I was able to work with a very reliable company, they have a few branches around the country so try visiting their website.

Things You Can Do to Prepare for

Let’s face it, not all of us can afford the stuff above, so here are a few things you can do to make sure you can continue working at the event of a power outage.

  1. Consider working on a Laptop – While they are not as powerful as a Desktop computer, they made up for it through their mobility and built-in UPS. If you are just starting out, invest on a laptop as a backup or your main work station.
  2. Constantly Save and Backup your work – Power outages could cause your data get corrupted, or worse you PC to die, so remember to always have a backup of your files on an external drive.
  3. Establish Backup Workspace – Everyone has friends or at least a coffee shop they frequent as they lament on their sad, solitary life, plan out places you could work at.
  4. Pay Your Bills and Have Backup Fuses – Let’s face it, we’re not exactly living in a country with unreliable power companies, more often than not if you don’t have the power it either because you blew a fuse or you did not pay the bill. Don’t be ashamed, the term starving artist was coined for a reason; I was in this position once in my life.

So just be prepared for electrical failure, and keep a calm mind if it ever happens to you. If you tried everything and couldn’t get to work, just relax, you tried.