A GE UPS is a device that provides emergency, short term power to an appliance when the input power source fails. Power outages should not disrupt your work when a UPS can power your Personal Computer (PC) or data center until the mains power is restored. A UPS provides instant power to guard you against interruptions that could result in the loss of unsaved data, disruptions, injuries or damage to equipment.
How a GE UPS works
This apparatus is equipped with batteries, super-capacitors or flywheels that store electric power that is supplied to your PC when need arises. Even though the on-battery runtime of most UPS sources is limited to between 5-15 minutes, it is still sufficient to act as a standby source to allow you to save your work and safely shut down all protected equipment.
The sizes of UPS units differ regarding their use. There are units designed to supply a single computer, without a video monitor, ranging around 200 VA rating to large units that power entire data centers, buildings or manufacturing processes reaching tens of megawatt ratings.
Types of UPS systems
1. Standby/off-line UPS
This is an inexpensive system that only provides surge protection in addition to battery backup.The protected equipment is normally powered directly to the incoming utility power. When the utility power fails, the backup power circuitry is triggered and gets the connected equipment switched on to its respective DC-AC inverter output. This isdesigned to power certain equipment, such as a PC.
2. A line-interactive UPS
It operates just like a standby UPS, but has an autotransformer which either increases or reduces the output voltage of the transformer. This UPS can then withstand continuous under voltage as well as overvoltage surges. It does this without necessarily consuming the much-needed limited reserve battery power.
In this type, the inverter remains connected to the batteries such that we eliminate the need for power transfer switches. When mains power fails, the rectifier drops out of the circuit but thanks to the batteries, the power supply remains steady. Upon the restoration of power, the rectifier would then resume by carrying much of the load as well as charging the batteries. The system has an advantage of providing a “firewall” between the sensitive electronic equipment used and the incoming utility power. It is ideal for machinery that are highly sensitive to constant power fluctuations.
What to look for when hiring a GE UPS distributor
The GE UPS distributors should have an applications expert who will suggest the ideal UPS for the client’s specific requirement. The expert should understand architecture that would reduce the utility and cooling costs. The distributor should be aware of technology that would withstand extreme environmental conditions.
The GE UPS distributors should have a team of dedicated technicians to install the GE UPS as an after-sale service to clients. The technicians should troubleshoot any issues that should arise during the installation.
The distributors should have excellent customer service and a helpline that will respond to client’s queries promptly and satisfactorily. This is very critical due to the nature of UPS, where if it is not working, a power outage by the mains can result to interruptions and loss by clients.