Uninterrupted Power Supply

Uninterrupted Power Supply

Any business that requires constant power supply to carry out the day to day activities of that business appreciates how even one blink in the power supply can paralyse operations.  As a result, the need for uninterrupted power supply is keenly felt.  For a lot of businesses, the smooth running of their affairs depends on their ability to make sure that there is constant power supplied to their machines and equipment and this is a way of ensuring that happens.

What is Uninterrupted Power Supply?

Also known as Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) in some quarters, this is a unit which is designed as a backup system to an electrical circuit if the power supply to that circuit is interrupted.  It provides uninterrupted power to the circuit until the main power system is restored.  This is to ensure that the interruption of power supply does not adversely affect the functioning of any machines connected to that circuit.

These systems are usually used to support IT and communications infrastructure and are used in the home, the office and for industrial situations.  They are not just useful for providing backup power supply whenever there is a power failure; they are also used to keep the supply flowing consistently in the event of a surge for instance.  Also where there are spikes which could easily damage the infrastructure, they help to keep the power on an even keel.

There are different types of UPS devices and the selection will depend on the size, the reliability and economics.  Older UPS devices required inverters to function properly but modern technology has made it possible for UPS devices to now function on batteries and provide uninterrupted power supply between the switch from the primary source of power and the backup system.  It might also be a good idea to look into mechanical systems as they require less maintenance, are more environmentally friendly than battery systems and are portable, making them easier to carry around.

Purchasing an Uninterrupted Power Supply

There are several places where quality UPS systems can be purchased both on the internet and in some high street stores.  However, they will all vary in price.

Online Stores

  • UPS Systems Plc
  • Amazon UK
  • eBay UK
  • Misco
  • Micro Direct

High Street Stores

  • Maplin
  • Comet
  • PC World

Estimated Cost of an Uninterrupted Power Supply

UPS systems come in various sizes depending on what they are to be used for.  There are the more portable systems commonly used in homes and small offices while there are also the larger industrial systems which are used in large offices and factories.  The brand will also affect the price, like in most electrical equipment.  However, a safe estimate for the home variety should be from £50 upward.

Anyone who has ever suffered either the loss of data or the total loss of equipment due to total power failure or a power surge knows the importance of having a good uninterrupted power supply unit attached to that the power circuit.  It can save a lot of unwarranted stress much later on.