Why You Should Have a UPS
THE MAIN TYPES OF UPS SYSTEMS
- A standby UPS system might also be called an offline or line-preferred UPS. It normally has an inverter, battery, static switch, low-pass filter and surge suppressor. The system remains on standby unless there’s a primary power failure.
- A line-interactive UPS system contains a battery and inverter that are always connected to the output, and if power fails, a switch changes the electrical flow. The continuous connection provides superior filtering.
- A double conversion UPS system has a backup battery that is charged by the input AC and powers the output inverter for a seamless switch.
ADVANTAGES OF USING AN UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM
- Continuity: Experience no outages to critical equipment like computers to factory production lines.
- Consistency: Electronics within a UPS tells it when it needs to work and kicks in alternate power as needed, which eliminates glitches or surges and allows time to safely shut down main systems if and when needed.
- Protection: Safeguards against all the oddities of electricity such as surges, spikes, dips and failure because the UPS essentially senses those things and switches to alternate power before the anomalies cause damage.
- Filter: A line-interactive UPS acts as a kind of filter by refining the power as it comes into the UPS then adjusting its output so that internal systems receive a clean, consistent supply free of abnormalities.
An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is used to protect critical loads from utility-supplied power problems, including spikes, brownouts, fluctuations and power outages, all using a dedicated battery.
There are three basic functions that it essentially performs:
- avoids damage to hardware caused by overcurrents and voltage spikes. Many UPS models also continuously regulate the input power.
- avoids data loss and damage. In fact, without a UPS, data stored on devices subject to sudden shutdowns can be corrupted or completely lost. If a power management software is also used, the UPS allows and facilitates the controlled shutdown of the system.
- ensures the availability of networks and other applications while avoiding downtime. When used in conjunction with power generators, ensure that they have enough time to ignite in the event of a power failure.
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