Most businesses are highly dependent on their power supply for their operations. Whether your business relies on complex machinery or just computers, it can’t function without power. In areas where power failures, brownouts or blackouts are common, or if equipment uptime is critical in your setting, it means you need a solid backup plan.
The two main options before you are a UPS system or a backup generator. Here we take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Backup Generators – The Pros and Cons
A backup generator uses diesel, gasoline or propane to generate power. These systems are available in a range of sizes. You can opt for compact portable units that are great for powering just a couple of appliances, to larger wired systems that have the capacity to power an entire warehouse or factory.
The former are simple to operate and don’t have complex functioning. On the other hand, the larger generators may be custom designed to suit the needs of the client and aren’t available off-the-shelf. They need specialised design and professional installations.
The disadvantage of generators, aside from the fuel needs, is that there’s always a lag between the power shutdown and the generator system starting up. This lag can sometimes stretch up to thirty seconds, based on the generator unit’s configuration and size. In addition, these systems give off fumes and can be quite noisy as well. While they are simple machines, you’d still have to hire contractors for regular maintenance.
UPS Systems – The Pros and Cons
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems, are extremely sophisticated batteries installed as an integrated feature in your power system. When the power is switched on, they get charged on the current that flows through them. The power storage that’s built-up in them is used when there is a power outage.
You will never experience any delay or lag when you use UPS systems, which makes them perfect for settings in which stable and consistent power supply is required at all times. There are a number of types and sizes of UPS to choose from including ones for large-scale data centres, mining operations, industrial units, commercial settings as well as military applications. These systems are well worth the investment for all types of businesses.
They are more expensive than generators and their cost is also dependent on their battery time. Since these are battery-based systems, their maintenance and service can be a little tricky.
If you are looking for a solution that will offer you the best of both worlds, it’s a good idea to opt for a UPS that will provide backup power supply for your power critical systems. The other aspects of your business can operate on the backup generator. There are a variety of systems to choose from and if you’re concerned about backup power and the quality of the power, its best to discuss your requirements with professionals in the field before making a choice.
We are here to help you with all your UPS design and installation requirements. We can customise these to suit your needs and application as well as current and future needs. Our team will provide the best solutions and you will find that our systems are available at the most cost-efficient price points.
If you want to know anything more about any of our 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 and we will respond within the shortest possible time to help you with the guidance and information you need.
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