Electric Avenue

Glossary

Brownout: A dip in electricity, usually due to high demand: also called a "sag".

Power Conditioner: A device that evenly regulates the voltage that powers electronic equipment.

Run Time: The length of a UPS's battery backup time.

Spike: An intense, temporary voltage increase, usually caused by lightning.

VA (voltage-amps): This is power-output rating for a device-the higher the VA rating, the more demand can be placed on it.

UPS (uninterruptible power supply): A battery backup device for electronic equipment

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This article was originally published in the January 2001 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Electric Avenue.

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