The summer season tends to be power season here in Australia as well as in many countries across the world. This is when domestic as well as industrial electric power demands are at their highest. This power demand can be even higher in outdoor settings as the electrical and backup systems are exposed to the gruelling heat and other outdoor weather conditions. This excessive power demand strains the system and gives rise to various power problems.
Tackling Common Power Problems
The most common problems with power that arise from heavy demand are blackouts (long-term outages) and brownouts (temporary voltage drops). Not only are these inconvenient, but they can also affect the working of sensitive electrical equipment and appliances in large-scale commercial and industrial settings. The one way to avoid all these problems is to get a scalable UPS installed. This will provide consistent power in case there is a brownout.
If the power from the utility lines dips below the acceptable levels, this system draws power from its own batteries so your unit gets the power supply it needs. Once the power supply normalises, the UPS automatically switches and moves into its battery charging mode.
If there is a blackout, your Uninterruptible Power System provides power for a certain span of time (dependent on the type and capacity of the installation). If the power supply doesn’t return within a certain timeframe, you still have the time to safely shut down the equipment- this helps prevent equipment damage in industrial settings; in large-scale data centres, this helps prevent data loss.
Choose the Right UPS
The three main aspects of power supply and power protection you should be looking for are:
This relates to the amount of power that the particular system provides. A higher capacity UPS will be able to support a larger number of connected equipment; it will also be able to support equipment that has a higher power draw.
This refers to the total number of minutes that the Uninterruptible Power System is able to support a specific load when there are blackouts. The minimum runtime required is the time taken to safely shut down the equipment.
This refers to the frequency & voltage needs of all the equipment or devices that will be connected to that UPS. The frequency and voltage chosen has to match that of the connected equipment and appliances.
Types of UPS
You can choose between UPS systems that are designed in 3 different topologies:
This system allows all the connected equipment to operate on the utility power, till a power problem is detected by the UPS; at which point it switches over to battery power.
#2 Line interactive
These systems have automatic voltage regulation (AVR), and offer much higher protection levels. They have an autotransformer that regulates low voltage situations such as brownouts and other problems such as spikes, before they permit the power to surge through the connected equipment. This helps preserve the UPS’ battery life.
#3 Double conversion
These systems deliver very high levels of protection. They effectively convert the utility power that’s coming in, from AC to DC and then back to DC. The output that these systems provide is isolated sine-wave power and is very clean; it’s perfect for critical applications and equipment.
If you want to know more about our power products and services, don’t hesitate to contact us at KaRaTec Power Supply Pty. You can give us a call at 612 9808 1127. You can also fill in this contact us form.
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