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Understanding UPS: A Guide for Beginners

If you are thinking about buying a UPS system, or an uninterruptible power supply system for the first time, you may not know where to begin.

Different systems have different best-use cases. For example, if you are interested in adding a UPS system to a home office, some systems will be better suited for this smaller application. On the other hand, Commercial UPS systems have enough power for an entire data centre.

If you don’t know where to begin, we will guide you on UPS systems for beginners.

What is uninterruptible power supply?

The Basics of UPS 

What is a UPS system? In essence, it is a hardware device that is used to provide backup power if there is ever a power outage or a blackout. When power outages happen unexpectedly, they can cause a lot of damage to technology and electrical systems. Also, they can be disruptive to your working procedures.

In the case of a power disruption, the UPS will kick into action and provide a limited amount of battery power. This will be to your computers, technology, and electrical devices. In fact, any equipment that has been electrically wired to be protected by that UPS system.

If you do suffer from an unexpected power outage, the UPS system will give you enough time to properly shut down your technology so that you don’t lose valuable data. It will also allow you some time to try and solve the problem before a total outage. The time of support will depend on the electrical load, the UPS size, and the number of backup batteries. Also, it will depend on if the UPS is backed up by a generator. The UPS provides the immediate battery load to stop a cutoff. The generator then provides constant power to the UPS to support the load. The generator runs on fuel and as long as this is topped up it can run indefinitely

Therefore, a UPS can also keep your devices running until a generator comes online. That is, if one is available. A large majority of installations will just have a UPS. However, this will minimise the support time for your technology

In the case of unexpected blackouts, a UPS can make sure that your servers and data stay safe until your technology is properly shut off.

Why do I need a UPS? 

If you own a business, or simply want to protect your hardware and digital devices from unexpected power failures, then a UPS system is for you. A UPS device is designed to protect your devices in the case of unexpected power failures. It will ensure there are no interruptions between your technology systems and the main power supply. Thus, your technology, servers, and hardware doesn’t lose sudden power and lose valuable data.

If the success of your business depends on your data, then it is something you will want to invest in. Large data centers view installing a UPS system as a necessity for the proper functioning and security of their business. The same should be true for all commercial businesses. The only difference would be the size of the system chosen. This is because different size business will have different size electrical load requirements

Are there different kinds of UPS systems? 

There are different kinds of UPS systems, and they are generally sorted into 3 different categories. All UPS types are suited for different situations. You will need to evaluate your own business needs to select the best kind of UPS system for your business.

  • Standby UPS is the most common type of system used for more personal applications and computers. Although it is the simplest system, it is highlight efficient, small in size, and low-cost.
  • Line-interactive UPS is the middle-of-the-road system. It is ideal for small businesses, as this system is relatively low cost and highly efficient. Line-interactive UPS systems offer more enhanced power protection than a standby UPS, as they provide additional line conditioning.
  • On-line UPS is a more expensive system, versatile in scope, and ideal for medium to large-sized operations. These are more reliable than cheaper systems because the inverter is running continuously. This offers a great level of protection against surges, spikes, electrical noise, and harmonics. Furthermore, as well as complete power failures.

What other requirements should I consider for a UPS system?

Beyond the different kinds of UPS systems, there are a few key areas that you need to think about when you are choosing a UPS system. These key areas include:

Sizing – what size uninterruptible power supply do i need

 You will need to select the proper size for your UPS system to make sure you have enough power to supply your critical load in case of an outage. We can discuss your electrical loads and recommend the correct size unit for your business

Single-phase vs 3-phase uninterruptible power supply power.

A qualified professional will help you to choose between a single-phase or 3-phase power UPS. Once again, our project team can discuss your requirements and determine the best system for you

UPS Scalability

You need to consider the future growth of your business. You don’t want to have to replace your UPS system before you need to, so think about your future growth. Larger amounts of people equal larger amounts of technology. Therefore, more technology requires increased UPS support. Thus, when installing a UPS system, planning for the future will be cost-effective

For larger-scale setups, contact us so that we can provide you with our tailored, professional UPS solutions for your unique business needs.

What will occur if a UPS system fails? 

While UPS systems are generally reliable, there can be occasions when they fail. In a worst-case scenario, although it is unlikely, you could lose valuable data which could damage your business and lead to business disruption. This small risk is not worth taking, however, there is a solution. Our professional recommendation is to add an extra layer of protection. Therefore, using a Bypass Switch. A bypass switch allows for maintenance. Furthermore, if part of the system needs to be replaced, the bypass switch maintains power continuity in the event of a failure.

When you purchase your UPS system through our dedicated UPS team, you will receive a manufactures warranty that will cover replacement parts and ongoing maintenance to ensure reliability.

Also, you can protect against possible UPS failures by

  1. Installing the appropriate UPS size
  2. Having a professional properly install the UPS
  3. Providing your UPS system with proper maintenance.

How do I get an uninterruptible power supply system?

If you are interested in protecting your precious business data from power outages, then you will want to invest in a UPS system.

Contact our project team, who will provide you with professional recommendations tailored to your unique business needs. We will ensure you get the correct UPS system, replacement UPS batteries, bypass switches, diesel generators, and offer maintenance services. We will help you protect your business.

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