Australia’s reliance on power is phenomenal and digitalisation is only increasing our dependency. Can you imagine the impact of even a 5-minute outage?

Each year we consume on average, a total of 229.40 billion kWh or an average of 9,179kWh per capita, but what happens when something goes wrong? A disruption to the power; are you prepared?

In fact, did you know there are nine types of power disruption, and they occur more than you think? In 2018 alone over 1 million people were affected by power outages in Australia.

When a disruption occurs, what can you do to protect your systems from downtime, data loss and protect them from potential threats? Investing in an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) will help to minimise the damage.

There are three types of UPS available that provide varying levels of protection:

· Standby UPS,

· Line Interactive UPS

· Double Conversion/Online UPS.

We have provided detailed information on each and created a UPS comparison guide so that you can easily identify which system will meet your business requirements.

UPS & Protection Feature Comparison

Standby UPS

Standby UPS, also known as off-line or line-preferred UPS, offers only the most basic features, providing surge protection and battery backup. The protected equipment is normally connected directly to incoming utility power then mechanically switches the connected equipment on to its battery output when required. This type of UPS system provides a high degree of efficiency, small size, and relatively low costs, making it suitable for personal computing.

Line Interactive UPS

In the line interactive design, the UPS provides additional filtering and lowers the risk of switching transients because, in case of power failure, the transfer switch can shift electrical flow from the battery to the system output. The line-interactive design’s high levels of efficiency and reliability, as well as its relatively small size and low cost, make it well-suited for servers and racks.

Double Conversion/Online

The double conversion/online UPS is ideal for environments where electrical isolation is necessary or for equipment that is very sensitive to power fluctuations. In an online UPS, the batteries are always connected to the inverter, so that no power transfer switches are necessary. When power loss occurs, the rectifier simply drops out of the circuit and the batteries keep the power steady and unchanged. Online UPS provide the greatest amount of protection and is well suited to server rooms and data centres.

A UPS really is your saving grace. Without one, when power disruptions occur you instantly increase the likelihood that damage and downtime will ensue.

Take action by reviewing our comparison of UPS to see which best fits your business requirements.