Power Up: 5 Fast Facts to Buying a UPS

UPS. United Parcel Service? No. Uninterruptible Power Supply? Yes! Get powered up because that is the topic of this blog today. A UPS acts as a middle man between your wall outlet and your equipment to help provide clean and quality power. This device protects your equipment from surges and dips in power and even takes over in a power failure. The effects of an outage can be detrimental to your equipment and your business. So, avoid this issue by purchasing a UPS system.

The next question is: how do I choose a UPS? And we have the answer for that! We have broken it down into 5 important aspects to consider when purchasing a UPS device for your equipment.UPS Systems

1. Line-Interactive or On-Line?

The first element to decide is if you want a UPS that is Line-interactive or On-line. Line-interactive is typically used in small racks or in smaller office networks. On-line is typically used for critical equipment as well as in data centers and server rooms. The true difference between the two is that On-Line is more expensive and is always running on its battery and recharging, so if there is an outage there will be no fluctuation in the power supply. Whereas Line-Interactive switches between utility power and battery, so there could be a small fluctuation in power if there is an outage. So, which application will you need?

2. Small or large?

The next thing to decide is what capacity you will need. At Rackmount Solutions, we sell solutions for smaller loads (1-3kVA), as well as larger ones (5kVA and up). We also have scalable options that start on the smaller side but can grow with your company. In order to determine what capacity you will need, you can scroll to the bottom of this page to use our formula. So, what is your load?

3. Minutes or hours?

The third thing to consider is how much backup runtime you want. This will be the amount of time the UPS can continue powering your equipment in the event of an outage. Talk about coming in clutch! A small UPS can typically run for 8-10 minutes, but you can purchase an extended runtime battery if you feel it is needed. So, how many minutes or hours will you need? If you’re still unsure about how much runtime you will need, contact one of our experts here.

4. Monitored or not monitored?

The fourth piece of information that you should consider is if you want to be able to monitor your UPS online. With a network card plugged into your UPS you can easily monitor it and make sure that everything is working properly. Additionally, you can get notifications sent to you about its performance. So, does that sound like something you’re interested in?

5. 120 Volts or 240 Volts?

The fifth and final element to determine is the voltage of the equipment you will be supporting with the UPS. In the U.S. the voltage is typically 120V or 240V, and at Rackmount Solutions we sell both options. So, what’s your voltage?

These fast five decisions will make it even easier to decide which UPS you should purchase. That’s all it takes to get powered up! So, we have one final question… are you ready to do this thing?! Call us at 1 (800) 352-6631 or go online to shop around!

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