While many business locations utilize a backup power source, such as a petroleum-fueled generator, the problem of lost data is still a reality. These power sources sense the loss of electricity and turn on, taking anywhere from ten seconds to two minutes to provide viable energy. This delay can cause whatever projects were being worked on or transfers that were occurring to stop and possibly be lost altogether. The use of a UPS takes the worry out of this occurrence by providing a short supply of power to take up the gap in alternate power sources.
An uninterruptable power supply is typically a battery, or grouping of batteries, that maintains a charge throughout the normal use of electrical current from wall outlets. When the power shuts off, the UPS provides a short-term power supply to continue with work or save data prior to complete power failure. The duration of these power supplies is generally within a five to fifteen minute span, but certainly long enough for auxiliary power sources to become operational. They are also extremely functional when there is a short power outage that is not even long enough for backup power sources to initiate, but would cause the electronics to require rebooting.
Another use of the typical UPS supply is the ability to maintain a steady stream of reliable current to electronics that are sensitive to fluctuations. They can act as a surge/’brown out’ protector by preventing the surge or shortage of power from affecting the devices attached to it. They easily take the place of older power strips that only incorporated surge protection as today’s energy issues seem more inclined towards loss than momentary excess. UPS supplies are simply a more cost effective way to keep businesses running when everything else is shutting down.