Which Type of UPS Should I Buy?

Looking to upgrade your UPS systems? Either way, here are a few items you need to consider when asking yourself, “Which type of UPS should I buy?”

1. How Much Power Does Your Equipment Require?

Your UPS should be able to handle the total power draw of the equipment you want to connect it to. Your UPS should be capable of running for the duration of an outage or until an alternate source of power, such a generator, is available. We suggest choosing a UPS with an output watt capacity 20-25% higher than the total wattage of your device. The GXT4 Load Calculator can help you determine your total load.

2. What is the Voltage of Your Power Source?

In the United States, voltage to power servers and networking equipment is typically 120V or 208/240V. Make sure that your UPS input plug matches the receptacles of your input power source.

3. How Much Backup Runtime Do You Need?

As power capacity increases, runtime decreases. Runtime is the number of minutes a UPS is able to provide backup power.

4. How Many Receptacles?

Having more outlets is better when it comes to UPS installments. Some rack-mount UPSs may require a power distribution unit (PDU) to accommodate extra equipment plugs.

5. Where Do You Plan to Install the UPS System?

UPS systems come in a variety of sizes: Offline, line interactive and online systems. Be sure you understand the pros and cons of each to help determine which is best for your business.

While there is more to consider before purchasing a UPS, these are a few questions you can ask yourself to get a better feel at what you’ll invest in. We recommend recycling old UPS systems and batteries when you no longer need them. For more information contact Kris Reising.