Uninterrupted Power Supply Regulator

Uninterrupted Power Supply Regulator

Can you remember that time the power in your building or house tripped and you ended up losing half a days unsaved work?  Or even worse, can you remember the time your area suffered from a power surge that destroyed or damaged your computer components?  It’s good to know that you aren’t powerless against this type of problem and many different forms of devices exist on the market to help protect you from these eventualities.  Of course, you don’t want to spend a fortune buying the wrong type of uninterrupted power supply regulator, so let’s have a look at what they are, what they do and which one you should be looking at purchasing.

What is an Uninterrupted Power Supply Regulator?

There are a few different reasons why you would want to use an uninterrupted power supply regulator.  Most people initially buy it to use as a battery backup, which it does very well.  The other lesser known reason for these devices is to regulate the flow of power to your computer systems.  Most computer systems and electronic equipment wears over time due to bad power supply to them, so making sure that power is clean and regulated is very important.

Uninterrupted power supply regulators come in many different forms, from the simple offline UPS devices to the line-interactive and online devices that contain automatic voltage regulation circuits to protect against power problems like surges, sags and spikes.  Offline units simply switch immediately over to battery power at the smallest fluctuation of power, meaning they cost the least, but require the battery to be changed fairly regularly.  Line-Interactive and online units only use the battery when there is a power failure – the built in circuits deal with all other power problems.  For extreme power conditioning the on line uninterrupted power supply regulator conditions power against noise, frequency oscillation and harmonic distortion too.

Purchasing an Uninterrupted Power Supply Regulator

  • Pixmania offer several different brands of devices but focus on the Trust brand.  Their prices tend to be a little on the high side but the after sales support is unsurpassed.
  • Base Online is an online store offering free shipping on most of their uninterrupted power supply regulator products and have a large following online.

Estimated Costs of an Uninterrupted Power Supply Regulator

An uninterrupted power supply regulator can cost anything from £40 and up.  Generally a good benchmark to ensure you get a decent quality unit for general home use is to pay between £80 and £100 for a line interactive model.  For larger installations, contact your retailer for a quotation tailored to your needs.

Whatever your reasons for needing the protection of an uninterrupted power supply regulator, research and knowledge will go a long way to ensuring you choose the right product for you.  A rule of thumb is – the more you spend, the better product you’ll get.  All uninterrupted power supply regulators offer at least some form of protection, so even if you purchase a cheaper unit you’re doing a lot to preventing damage to your systems.