Power Surges and Backup UPS
A backup electrical system is important for many reasons. When the power goes out, business stops, security cameras stop recording. When the power comes back a surge will often damage equipment.
So what is the solution?
A Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is the most common way to avoid these issues. A UPS contains batteries as well as Surge Protection Circuitry and Power Regulation Circuitry. This ensures a power source that can be used independently from the line power, and will suppress nearly any surge that may come through the line through normal use.
How do these work?
It is actually pretty simple. The contain lead acid batteries (like smaller car batteries). The more batteries, the more devices it can power, or the longer it can provide power to your devices. It uses internal circuitry to regulate the power out of the batteries and turn into something computers and other devices can actually use. When the power comes back, the batteries will charge back up.
Why is this so important?
The most obvious reason is simple to not be affected by power outages. The power goes it, it switches to the back up, the power comes back, it switches off the backup. No downtime, no lost work.
Another common use is to suppress power surges. Small power surges happen all the time, and without protection that can easily destroy computers and other sensitive devices. A UPS will stop the surges from reaching your computers, and better yet provide a clean, regulated source of power. On the topic of surges, when the power comes back on, there will often be one large power surge. A UPS will suppress these, and it will never reach your computers.
What about the security cameras?
An often overlooked issue is that of security cameras. With no power, a camera cannot be used. The networking equipment, and the server it is recording onto cannot be used. This can pose a huge security risk. You need a power supply that can run these cameras and equipment for hours in the event of a power outage.
Contact IT Elite today to discuss your backup power supply needs.