Top Tips to buying a UPS

In an always-on world, we depend on being connected round the clock with immediate access to information and with zero downtime. We want a system that never fails

When’s The Right Time to Invest in a New UPS?

Over time, your load profile will undoubtedly have changed so it is worth investigating Modular UPS systems which can be right-sized more easily to your actual load: why pay for a large UPS when you don’t need it!? The Modular option can therefore reduce CAPEX as well as OPEX. In addition, the latest generation of Modular systems offer the highest availability and continuity of critical power delivery. For example: CENTIEL’s 4th generation modular UPS CumulusPowerTM has 99.9999999% availability.

UPS topology drives increase in uptime

The purpose of a UPS system must be to protect critical loads with the highest level of efficiency and availability. There are many different solutions to the same problem, therefore, it is important to check the configuration and the definition of a modular system carefully and seek expert advice before making an expensive purchase.

There’s Modular & There’s Modular

The UPS industry has seen changes in topology from single standalone units to multiple redundant configurations, the establishment of the transformerless based design and the Modular concept. The driver has been to reduce energy and seek higher efficiency and at the...

Maintenance: Prevention is Better than Cure

If you owned a Mercedes would you take it to your local Halfords for a service? Probably not. You would more likely, use the nearest specialist garage, experienced and competent in fixing your particular vehicle. As well as understanding the make and model of your car...

Considering Cost

The priority of any UPS is to protect the critical load and keep it running as long as possible in the event of a power loss. We often talk about developments in modular technology and the associated benefits, such as improved availability and reduced downtime, however, not all project budgets allow for a modular solution.

When cost reduction is a driver for winning contracts, a standalone UPS is a good solution. Choosing a UPS that offers built-in internal batteries eliminates the hidden cost of external battery cabinets while minimising the overall system footprint. A UPS that has a small footprint and is easy to install initially, will provide a smoother handover for contractors and clients alike.

Balancing UPS Cost and Resilience

The whole purpose of the UPS solution is to protect the critical load and if there is no valid warranty or proper maintenance and support contract, the whole power source could be compromised however good or cost-effective the initial technological solution.

Advances in Li-ion Battery Technology

One disadvantage which has slowed the introduction of Li-ion to the UPS market has been the cost. However, developments in the automotive sector have driven down prices significantly over the past decade. Depending on the project, we are generally finding the initial cost of buying Li-ion compared with Lead Acid batteries works out at around twice as expensive. However, Li-ion lasts twice as long and so considerations relating to total cost of ownership (TCO) have now started outweighing concerns about the initial investment, particularly when we look at the various additional advantages of Li-ion namely: they are smaller, lighter and operate at higher temperatures.

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