Whether at home or in business, events that occur beyond your control - such as blackouts or localised power issues - can be mitigated through use of an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).
As well as protecting your electronic devices from unsafe voltage fluctuations and damaging power surges and spikes, UPS units allow for business continuity until such time as the issue is fixed.
At home this may mean keeping your computers, wireless network, TV and DVR in operation. For businesses - where even a momentary loss of power can cause downtime to critical systems, servers and data centres – the impact of not being prepared can be huge; both financially and in terms of productivity..
In normal operation, UPS takes its power from the mains supply – effectively charging and storing power for emergency situations. When power is cut, the UPS switches to battery mode, thereby continuing to feed power (for a limited time) to connected devices.
As well as surge and power failure, UPS units can be used to correct a multitude of power problems, including sags resulting in reductions in input voltage, power spikes, instability in mains frequency and harmonic distortion.
UPS units on the market can protect and support equipment ranging from a small desktop computer to an entire data center filled with advanced servers and network equipment.
Even basic consumer-level units offer features like disconnecting battery notification, USB connectivity and software suites that can be controlled via PC to fine tune settings and monitor how much power is being consumed. More professional units offer more features, such as a LED that reports remaining battery charge and runtime in minutes, and hot-swappable batteries.
For domestic, home office and small business equipment, a single phase UPS with power up to 1500VA should be sufficient for most needs. For server and network environments, single-phase power up to 20kVA is recommended, while data center and facility applications require three-phase power at 10kVA or higher.
At Misco, we stock UPS power units in a range of form factors (tower, rack mount, rack/tower convertible). With a model for every application and budget, rack mountable UPS solutions are ideal for powering servers, whilst small businesses looking to protect small switches, networking devices and computers may be interested in an entry-level solution.
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