Within the current environment, having a reliable and consistent power supply is a top, if not the first, requirement for all workers. Occurrences such as power outages or surges should not be a reason to lose a day’s worth of work and that is why we here at Dukatech have sales on electrical appliances such as generators to keep things moving. However, generators may responsive enough to help save work as they take time to load and begin functioning. For this, you get an Uninterruptible Power Supply, UPS.
In simple terms, the UPS is a battery in a box often which is connected to the main supply (DC power) and other devices (AC power), as it saves energy and also detects any issues that may arise. When a power issue arises, such as a blackout, surge, or overvoltage occurs the UPS switches to battery power.
The UPS is an electrical appliance that acts as a backup power source that provides emergency power when the main power fails. This helps prevent a herd shutdown leading to the loss of unsaved work on your PC or laptop, as the device keeps running especially when the outage is short. They can protect a single computer or a large data center depending on the technology and the battery length.
For businesses having a UPS is a simple, cost-effective measure to help you avoid losses due to downtime caused by power problems. With the many different models available they also offer longer periods of power with little maintenance cost.
There are three categories of UPS devices often referred to as topologies which are ranked based on how they transfer power supply and store energy. This is not to be confused with the form factor. Below are the three topologies:
This is the most basic Uninterruptible Power Supply system type. It is essentially made up of a static switch, a bidirectional converter/inverter, and a battery bank. It is usually connected to the main supply and transmits power to the device when power is running normally. At this time the bidirectional converter/inverter charges the battery. During a power interruption, the device switches to battery power.
A more advanced system as it also acts as an autotransformer by regulating the voltage from the main supply. It comprises a rectifier, an inverter, a static switch, and batteries. When power runs normally the rectifier maintains a normal voltage through DC and also charges the batteries. In case of a power interruption, the Magnetic Contactor disconnects from the AC and continues supplying power from the battery.
This system converts AC power to DC power and then DC power to AC before it reaches the connected device. The battery receives DC power rather than AC but it keeps functioning as the power supply remains uninterrupted. During a power failure, the battery continues to provide power to the connected device without any downtime.
When it comes to form factor you have;
In Kenya there are several UPS brands by different manufacturers they include -
Each brand has its own unique qualities and depending on your budget as well as backup power needs. Dukatech has something for everyone.
Downtime and loss of work can cost a business or any PC many problems. With a UPS device you are safe from power interruptions as you get backup power that allows you to save sensitive information and reduce losses. Depending on the type of UPS device you have will determine the amount of time you have on backup power. Some UPS devices offer protection from lesser-known problems such as -
When it comes to reserve power devices it is easy for any buyer to get confused with the kind that they need due to there being more than one option and device capabilities. To ensure that you get the most out of your UPS device there are certain necessities that can make that choice alot easier. Below we will look at some of them.
Most UPS devices have at least 2-3 ports to connect to your devices. When thinking of purchasing one make a list of all the different devices that may need backup power such as laptops, modems and other essential electronics in your work space. Should you discover that the available devices are more then you can find a UPS with at least 8 or more ports.
Once you have a list of all the devices, check on how much power they each need so you can know which UPS will be enough for all of them. You can do this by checking the wattage required on each and adding it up to compare with the power of different UPS devices. If they require too much your UPS may not be sufficient to provide the necessary power.
Each UPS has a set limit on the amount of power the backup battery will provide. The standard standby UPS will provide just enough power to allow you to save your work in case of power issues while more advanced models can offer 4 or more hours of runtime before you are required to resort to other measures.
This is determined by the environment in which you are. There are two types to consider -
While it may not be necessary to have these features on your UPS, they do help in making it run better while saving on costs. A feature like surge protection is important despite it not being available in all models. It is rare to find a one size fits all kind of UPS but they can be customized in accordance with your needs and specifications once you make the first purchase.
Other features you may need include -
Like any battery, UPS batteries will eventually die and require replacement. On most occasions, a UPS battery will serve for 3-4 years before you are required to purchase a new one or replace the existing one. You are recommended to regularly check on the battery strength and to keep the device in a well-aerated room for optimal health and function.
Remember that a UPS and a generator are not the same. While a generator will provide power for the whole house or company, UPS’ are limited to specific devices and for a limited time. Overloading your UPS is likely to cause damage.
Like most electronic devices, UPS too need regular checkups to ensure they continue to function and run optimally at all times. For this to occur there are two categories of maintenance;
To get the most out of your UPS always read the user's manual that comes with your unit and follow the necessary specifications during installation and use.
Essentials when it comes to UPS maintenance include -
These maintenance checks should be done regularly by professionals or your in-house team. Here at Dukatech we provide checkup and maintenance service either on call or at your requested regular intervals. You can reach out to us through the contact provided on our website.
To ensure the proper running of your UPS device you need to ensure it has enough power. This is referred to as capacity and it is measured in Watts. The higher the capacity of a UPS device, the more devices it can support. However, before you connect it to multiple devices you are required to identify the amount of power (load) that will be needed for your UPS to function optimally.
The load is the combined amount of power each device needs. You can find this on the manufacturer's website.
You can purchase your UPS device today from authorized dealers, such as Dukatech, at suitable prices and offers and get to enjoy delivery chap chap wherever you are. Always ensure to purchase from authorized dealers to get the best warranties and original equipment. We also offer installation and maintenance upon request.
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