Top Qualities to Look for in a UPS

uninterruptible power supplyUninterruptible power supply or uninterruptible power source (UPS) serves as a temporary “battery when the main power source is interrupted or cut off.

It protects users from losing important data especially documents that are still being worked on.

UPS also helps users to save and properly shut-off computers  even after power supply has been disrupted.

As good as it sounds, we still have to be smart consumers in choosing the best UPS in the market.

Let’s discuss to you the different types of UPS and from there, be the one to choose which qualities you want your UPS to have.

  • Standby

This is the most common type of UPS found in our homes. It is the one where our personal computers are plugged-in. As its description connotes, the power stands by for a few minutes only. Standby UPS offers the simplest flow of power source. With its high efficiency and convenient size, these types of UPS come in very handy at a relatively low cost.

  • Line Interactive

This type of UPS is used in a larger scope than that of Standby UPS. Line interactive UPS offers additional filtering and provides voltage regulation whenever needed after a down power is experienced. Your Line Interactive UPS offers a built-in AVR with it.

  • Standby-Ferro

Moving on, Standby –Ferro UPS is the type that offers high satisfaction on filtering and reliability when it comes to power interruptions. However, when coupled with generators or the modern computer load, it becomes unstable.

  • Double Conversion Online

A more advanced type of UPS is the double conversion online UPS. This type of UPS has its two components working together however, producing an inefficient result. Because of the heat generated when this UPS works, it can immediately affect the life span of the UPS, as well as the ones that are plugged into it.

  • Delta Conversion Online

When talking about large loads of power, this type of UPS is the best choice. It works just like the Double Conversion Online UPS but differs on the effect it causes itself and the ones plugged into it. Energy losses are also eliminated with this type of UPS.

No single type of UPS is meant to address the different needs when a disruption on power supply is experienced. It also differs on the type of users it will serve. Remember to pick the one that best suits your need.

One response to “Top Qualities to Look for in a UPS”

  1. Anne C. Combs says:

    Passive-standby systems. These systems provide the lowest level of protection and are the least expensive of the three. These off-line systems monitor incoming power and switch to a battery source when an interruption occurs. This transfer takes place in milliseconds and is acceptable for some computer-based applications. But the loss of power during the transfer can disrupt the operation of some types of sensitive electronic equipment. These UPS also do not filter power-line noise or voltage spikes or sags. Because of these limitations, their use is limited largely to desktops or similar systems not performing critical tasks.

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