UPS solutions prevent data loss, server downtime, and expensive replacement equipment costs during a power outage. A UPS can also build up energy reserves during peak periods or emergencies. An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) consists of two primary components: a battery-powered inverter system and an AC rectifier module with voltage regulation capabilities. Read on for everything you should know before purchasing one.
- Inverter: An inverter is a device that converts direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). It is one of the key components in a UPS since it converts the DC power from the battery to AC power.
- Switch mode power supply: A switch mode power supply uses transistor switches rather than electromechanical switches to regulate current. This makes them more efficient and less bulky. They also reduce energy loss as heat and increase output voltage accuracy.
The battery is the most expensive component of a UPS system and should be replaced every 5-7 years. This depends on how often you use the power source and whether you’re plugged into the wall. If your battery life is low, it’s time to look for replacement options.
If you’re unsure if it’s time to replace your current UPS system or not, here are some signs that indicate when it might be time:
- You see an orange light appearing on the front of your unit, indicating a problem with either the input voltage or frequency (50/60Hz).
- Your device charges slower than usual when connected to an outlet using a standard charger cable.
Output filter and isolation transformer
The output filter is a circuit that protects the Uninterruptible power supply devices from electrical noise. It’s located between the output of your UPS and the load (the device it’s powering). When you plug something into an outlet, you connect it to a circuit. The input (or “hot”) wire delivers power from the utility company through your house’s wiring up to where it connects with an appliance or light fixture; there, current passes through a switch before continuing on its way back down to earth as neutral and ground wires carrying zero volts. This creates an electrical loop: when there’s no current flowing through this loop, it’s closed, otherwise known as being grounded.
If any electrical disturbance occurs—from lightning strikes during storms or faulty wiring in houses—it can cause voltage spikes, damaging sensitive electronics like computers. This is why these kinds of devices need special protection against sudden surges. This can be done by installing other backup systems, such as battery backups (UPS).
Tips for Choosing an Uninterruptible Power Supply Provider
- Find a company with a good reputation: A reputable company will have a website that includes information about its history and its services, along with contact information for customer support.
- Ask for references: You should be able to speak to other customers of the company you’re considering for uninterruptible power systems, ask about their experience working with them, and learn about their experiences from using an uninterrupted power supply unit in their facility.
- Look at your provider’s headquarters location: An uninterrupted power supply should be installed by someone close enough geographically to respond quickly in case of an outage or problem with your system (if not immediately). If something does go wrong, this can save valuable time when it comes time for troubleshooting because there won’t be any travel delays involved.
Maintenance of UPS Systems
Each UPS system consists of several components that need to be checked annually. These include:
- The battery: Check the electrolyte levels and make sure all cells are correctly connected.
- The output filter and surge protection devices: Clean these if necessary, and check for cracks or damage if you need to replace them soon.
- The inverter/charger board, rectifier boards and transformer(s): Make sure there are no signs of corrosion or wear-and-tear on these components.