FAQs

Q: What is a UPS?

UPS stands for Uninterruptible Power Supply. The purpose of this device is to give you backup power in case of a power failure. These units contain batteries which power a device called an inverter to supply power to the connected load during a power failure. There are many different types for many different applications. They come small enough to plug your computer into. They come large enough to power an entire factory.

Q: What is a Power Conditioner?

A Power Conditioner is a device that cleans your power. This means that it generates a clean sine wave by filtering the electrical noise either coming directly from your utility or from equipment within your facility. Many electronics and electrical devices require "Clean Power" to function correctly otherwise crucial internal settings, process failure or memory loss may occur.

Q: What is the difference between a power conditioner and a UPS?

A Power Conditioner cleans up the power. A UPS provides backup power. Most of the UPS's we sell condition the power as well. Most of the UPS's you can purchase from local retail stores are non-power conditioning UPS's.

Q: What is the difference between a regular UPS and a Medical Grade UPS?

Medical Grade UPS's have lower leakage current. They also have hospital grade plugs and receptacles.

Q: What is a double conversion UPS?

The UPS output is always coming from the internal inverter. The utility power is never connected to the output. The output is always isolated from the utility power.

Q: What is a Line Interactive UPS?

Our Line Interactive UPS power conditions the utility power and then connects it to the output. The Utility power is monitored and in case of a voltage sagm the unit will switch to inverter power typically within four thousands of a second (4 milliseconds).

Q: How long does a battery inside of a UPS last?

It depends how often the battery is stressed. Under "normal circumstances" 3 to 5 years is typical. As important as a tune up on your vehicle, be sure to replace your UPS batteries as recommended by the manufacturer so your equipment and your work are protected.

Q: How often should I replace my UPS battery?

It's best to pro-actively replace batteries every 3.5 years so they are there when you need them.

Q: What are some important basic concepts about power?

We use electrical power to run so many of our day to day activities but don't always know what is behind the plug in the wall. This paper published by IEEE is a "Standard Glossary of Terminology [that] encompasses the power quality terminology to be used to describe the electrical power quality conditions and phenomena occurring on single-phase and polyphase ac power system." Learning some of this terminology will help you be an informed customer when it comes to providing for your power quality needs.