WHAT IS A UPS BATTERY USED FOR?
Whether you are powering critical medical equipment or a series of surveillance cameras, a UPS Battery system can protect you against loss of coverage in the event of a power failure. UPS stands for Uninterruptible Power Supply, a component that responds instantly to power failure, but it is not the same as a battery backup. Understanding the differences between these two systems will help you make the right choices for your power needs.
WHAT IS A UPS BATTERY DESIGNED TO DO?
The UPS battery system is a stopgap between your main power source and your backup power. The problem is that even with a robust battery backup or generator in place, it can take several minutes for your system to respond to the loss of your main power source and begin drawing from your alternate source. In hospitals, banks, and other critical functions, these precious few minutes could be a matter of life and death. The UPS is designed to solve this problem by responding instantly, providing a big boost of power to the system, and then handing things off to your backup system as soon as it is up and running.
WHAT WILL A UPS BATTERY NOT DO?
The most important thing to understand is that a UPS system is not designed to be a backup in and of itself. The battery connected to your UPS system will not be able to handle a sustained load for more than a few minutes. Thus, it is crucial that you have a full-scale backup system ready to take over as soon as possible.
OTHER FUNCTIONS OF THE UPS SYSTEM
While the UPS battery’s main function is to cover the gap between power failure and backup power, it can also serve to make your system more reliable under normal conditions. This is because the UPS has to be ultra sensitive to fluctuations in the incoming power supply in order to respond immediately when power drops out. As a result, if you are in an area with unstable power supplies, such as a field office or rural hospital, the UPS may serve to keep power level during turbulent dips and spikes from your main power source. In this case, the UPS never actually hands off responsibility to your backup system, but it does play an important role by providing short bursts of power to fill gaps before things return to normal. This is possible when the UPS device is installed between your main power source and the equipment is protecting, so that it will be the first point of reference if power fails. This setup also allows the UPS system to constantly recharge its own battery in mini-cycles as it works.
Adding an Uninterruptible Power Supply to your existing setup is a good way to guarantee that every moment counts when the power goes down. You don’t want to be struggling with starting up a generator unless you know that a UPS is on-board and keeping things safe. To learn more about UPS systems, and how they work with your batteries, please contact us.