If you use computers, telecommunication equipment, or electrical equipment to run your business (which most of us do) you need a battery backup to protect from a disruption in business, loss of data, or damage to your equipment. How well does a surge protector, offline battery backup or online battery backup protect your equipment?
A quick acronym defined; UPS stands for uninterruptable power supply. Most are unaware that UPS backups are classified as offline or online. Offline, which provides basic electrical protection, includes a simple surge protection and battery power in event of a power outage. Offline is the least costly solution and consequently the most deployed solution. With an Offline UPS your equipment is connected directly to the utility power with very little surge protection for your electronic equipment. When a power failure occurs the switch inside the UPS almost immediately begins providing the voltage via the batteries. Long-term use can result in equipment damage because the voltage produced may not be exactly the same as it is from the utility pole.
Online, which in the past was only available to large enterprises, is now available to anyone. The cost of the unit is more, but the benefit of online is that it keeps the equipment from experiencing any power fluctuations whatsoever. In an online UPS, the batteries are always connected to the inverter, so that no power transfer switches are necessary if loss of power occurs. It also provides surge protection between the incoming power and your equipment. The initial cost of online backup is higher than off line, but the life span of the online UPS is much greater reducing total cost of ownership.
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