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FAQ Our Advantages Managing your complex technology environment whether via internal resources or multiple supplier support can be a challenge. What’s an Online UPS? What’s an Online UPS? An Online UPS is the pinnacle of UPS technology and provides protection against…

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Managing your complex technology environment whether via internal resources or multiple supplier support can be a challenge.

What’s an Online UPS?

What’s an Online UPS?

An Online UPS is the pinnacle of UPS technology and provides protection against all nine power problems. As opposed to a standby or line interactive UPS that only operates when there is a power failure, an online UPS operates all the time, first converting local A/C electrical to D/C electrical power, then reversing this process and inverting it back to A/C electrical power for consumption by connected equipment. By doing this, an online UPS effectively manufactures its own electrical power on an ongoing basis, with either the mains power as a feedstock, or its internal battery as a feedstock. This process of converting and re-converting is sometimes referred to as ‘double-conversion’ another common name for online UPS types. Online UPS systems also have a built in backup system, in that if any major component fails (rectifier or inverter) the system can automatically bypass these components and route power to the connected load directly from the mains. This enables the UPS to continue to function even if there is a technical issue. Online UPS systems are able to filter out all problems than can affect an electrical sinewave, as the outgoing sinewave has absolutely nothing to do with the sinewave that enters the UPS. All large UPS systems typically greater than 5000VA are online UPS systems.

Why do I want a UPS?

A UPS system will provide you with two primary functions. Firstly it will ensure your equipment doesn’t turn off if there is a blackout or power failure. Even short term power failures of seconds can cause big problems for some equipment. Power failures can cause software to stop working, databases to become corrupted and cause a lot of downtime. UPS systems are perfect for preventing this issue. Secondly, UPS systems clean and filter the power, in much the same way that fuel filter cleans the fuel for your motor vehicle. Dirty power is quite common and almost impossible to identify unless you have specialised equipment. Dirty power can cause equipment to malfunction and hardware to fail prematurely. A UPS systems filtering capabilities will extend the lifespan of your connected hardware, and reduce the amount of downtime you have due to power related malfunctions.