This is what happens when you turn off your UPS. Never turn off a UPS in critical applications. That’s why a UPS was put on your system in the first place to make sure that the power doesn’t go off!
A common situation we find here at Power Shield are customers that call us once their UPS starts beeping after many years of use (warning that their battery needs replacing). Many are often surprised when we inform them that their battery has a life cycle.
The fact is, a UPS is dependent on the battery inside of it and that battery will run down over time. How long that takes, however, depends on many factors such as where the UPS is placed, the temperature it operates in, maintenance, cycling and the quality of power conditions.
So How Often Should You Change Your Battery?
Some users choose to play it safe and have a maintenance program in place, recycling batteries at a regular interval. Some users, unfortunately, only change a battery once their UPS starts emitting a persistent warning beep telling them they have waited too long.
In general, we recommend changing your battery around the 3 year mark. If power conditions are particularly bad in the UPS’s working environment, a sooner replacement may be required.
Ask Before You Buy
There are many choices in purchasing a UPS. When speaking to a representative ask about the battery and how it can be replaced. Some allow you to swap the battery yourself while others require a service technician.
With a PowerShield UPS using PowerShield’s NetGuard software the UPS will automatically test your battery at regular intervals and provide a warning before replacement becomes necessary.
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Regardless of what UPS you use, you will have less than 10 minutes to shut down equipment should your power fail. The power that a UPS is able to produce depends on it’s VA rating. This alone, however, will not determine how much power you will get out of the unit. Rather, how much equipment you have connected to it will give you a good indication. This is known as the ‘load’. As an example, one computer, running a single monitor would have a load of less than 300 VA yet requires a unit of 650VA to have enough time to close your work down and turn the computer off safely should power fail.
This means that the amount of equipment that you need to run, and the power that equipment draws, determines the size of the UPS you will need. Power Shield has a full range of UPS products to meet different requirements ranging from 650 to 100,000 VA and we can help you determine what product will best suit your needs. For those with specific requirements, we also have an online tool that can help you determine the best Power Shield UPS for you. http://usg.powershield.com.au/.
According to Australian Geographic, Australians have about one in 1.6 million chance of physically getting struck by lightening, but its safe to say most people are aware that a massive surge of electricity can kill valuable electronic equipment in a literal flash. It’s not only the surges that are a concern however, just the common ups and downs of power supply can damage your equipment. Power fluctuations happen frequently and over the long-term this can cause damage and weaken components, eventually leading to failure.
So if these power fluctuations can happen at any time, what is the best way to avoid your equipment being damaged beyond repair?
The easy answer is, using good quality power surge protection, although there are many choices available once you look. The other good news is, it doesn’t necessarily need to cost you much money to get good protection. More money will get you more features such as outlets, user replaceable batteries, LCD screen, etc, but it doesn’t necessarily mean stronger protection.
Power Shield specialise in power protection and have designed and tested their products based on Australian conditions. With a large range of power protective devises available, you will be sure to find the right way to protect your valuable equipment.
You can find our products through our Valued Distributors here in Australia and overseas. Visit them or speak to a representative to find out how you can get protection.