We often come across the same question,what the difference is between a surge protector and an uninterruptable power supply (UPS).
Surge protectors, or surge suppressors, will protect your computer equipment from variations in electrical current, such as surges and spikes. Surges and spikes are increases in voltage that may last one nanosecond or longer. Increased voltage on electronic equipment, such as computers, can damage components of those systems. Even if nothing is immediately destroyed, over time, the increased strain of electrical voltage on components can cause them to fail, often prematurely.
However, surge protectors do not protect against drops in power. In order for your computer to continue to function even if there is no power available, you need a UPS. Though more costly, a UPS has an internal battery that will allow equipment plugged into it to continue to run until power is restored. Some UPS units will shut down your computer for you if power is out for an extended period, longer than the runtime of the battery. In addition, most UPS units have the benefit of performing the same functionality of surge protectors, protecting against spikes and surges.
So, which should you purchase? For servers, alphatech recommends the installation of a server-class UPS for protection. This ensures that your servers continue to function in the event of a power outage and, if needed, shut down cleanly if power is out for a lengthy period. For workstations, determine how critical the workstation equipment is to your functionality. If having the workstation protected by uninterruptable power is needed, purchase a UPS. If less protection is needed to protect against spikes in power, such as those caused by lightning, purchase a surge protector. At the minimum, purchase a surge protector. It is not recommended to plug your computer and monitor directly into power outlets for extended use.
When purchasing a power surge read the enclosed information carefully as the manufacturer may require information from you to ensure reimbursement if your equipment fails due to their product not providing adequate protection.
To choose the right UPS for your product we suggest you give us a call so we can take relevant information to find the right spec UPS for your needs
Already have a UPS and its beeping, you may not need to replace the whole unit we can supply you with replacement batteries for it, call a member of our team to discus.
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