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What Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) do I need?

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When the power goes out, do you have a plan? If not, you should consider investing in an uninterruptible power supply (UPS).

UPS systems provide backup power to your home or business during a power outage, ensuring that your devices stay on and your work is protected.

There are many different types of UPS systems available on the market, so it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. In this blog post, we will explain the different types of UPS system and help you decide which one is best for you.

AEG UPS system

What are the different types of UPS?

There are three main types of UPS systems: standby, line interactive, and double-conversion.

Below is a brief description about the different types of ups unit.

standby ups systems

Standby UPS systems

Standby UPS systems are the most basic type of UPS system. They provide power to your devices for a short period of time (usually around 15 minutes) until the backup battery is depleted. They can be combined with a standby generator to ‘hold’ your equipment on power until the generator takes over.

If you think this is the right generator for you. Learn more about which standby UPS system you will need, here.

line interactive UPS system

Line interactive UPS systems

Line interactive UPS are more intelligent because they monitor your AC input and can protect your load from power quality issues such as power surges.

They also provide power to your devices for a longer period of time (usually around 30-60 minutes) until the backup battery is depleted.

Double conversion UPS

Double-conversion UPS systems are the most advanced type of UPS system. They constantly convert AC to DC and then back to AC, providing pure sine wave output to your devices. They can protect your servers from power outages, brownouts, and voltage fluctuations.

They also provide power for a longer period of time (usually around 60-90 minutes) until the backup battery is depleted.

Now that you know the different types of UPS systems available, you can decide which one is right for your home or business.

If you have any questions about UPS types or which one you will need please feel free to contact us.

What can a UPS be used for?

A UPS can be used for a wide range of devices and connected equipment, including:

  • Computer system
  • Servers
  • Wireless networking equipment
  • Point of sale terminals
  • Medical equipment
  • Security systems

Factors to consider when choosing your USP

That depends on a few factors. Start with how much power you need.

What is the total wattage of all the devices you need to have on backup power?

You’ll want to add up the wattage of everything you want protected by the UPS and choose a model that can accommodate that number.

Remember to take into account power factor which is basically the UPS efficiency.

Always get a UPS 120-150% of the maximum kW of your requirements to allow for this.

How long do you need backup power for?

This is important as you will need to ensure your systems stay active to maintain your business operations until either the mains returns or other back up power such as a standby generator can restore power.

Your backup power, or ups duration time is known as ‘automation’

Do you require features such as voltage regulation or power conditioning?

Some businesses may also require features such as voltage regulation which helps to ensure a clean and stable flow of power or power conditioning which can help to prolong the life of sensitive electronic equipment.

What is my budget?

Of course, cost will always be a consideration when choosing any business solution and your budget will play a large part in deciding which uninterruptible power supply is right for you.

At Solent Power we can supply a variety of high quality UPS brands that can suit most budgets.

What are the differences between standby generators and an uninterrupted power supply?

A standby generator is a back up power system that kicks in automatically when there is a loss of mains power whereas an uninterruptible power supply is designed to keep equipment running for a short period of time until mains power is restored.

Often the UPS will only sustain the loads for a few minutes which allows the generator time to start and change over.


Can UPS power a TV?

The answer is yes, but only for a limited time.

How long the UPS will power your TV depends on the wattage of the TV and the battery capacity of the UPS.

For example, this CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD 1500 VA 900 Watts UPS can power a 60″ LED TV for around 50 minutes.

How do I choose an uninterruptible power supply for my PC?

The size of uninterruptible power supply you’ll need depends on the wattage of your PC and other devices you want to keep running during a power outage.

You can find the wattage of your devices by looking at the product information or searching for it online.

Once you know the wattage, you can choose a suitably sized UPS to provide power for your computer as long as you need it.

In summary, you’ll need to consider the:
– wattage of your devices and total power draw of attached equipment
– battery capacity of the UPS
– runtime of the UPS
– installation requirements.

How can I find out more?

If you would like to find out more about uninterruptible power supplies and what options are available to you in Hampshire and surrounding areas, then please do not hesitate to get in touch and contact Solent Power today.

At Solent Power, we can help you with specifying your uninterruptible power supply, installation, commissioning and ongoing servicing and testing.

I hope this article has helped you understand what uninterruptible power supply you need for your home or business.

By offering a full turnkey solution, we can ensure that your business is protected from the huge downsides associated with power loss.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Paul Phelps Solar Power Owner
Paul Phelps
Paul is the MD of Solent Power and specialises in emergency power solutions, helping to protect your facilities from power loss. Get in touch with us today to discuss the different power brands that we can offer and how they can suit your needs.
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