Frequently asked questions
“Standby” UPS models are designed for standard computer equipment applications where battery support is the most important factor. In standby units, electricity typically passes through the UPS until an electrical disturbance is detected. Once a power failure or other electrical disturbance is detected, internal switches immediately transfer the output load to the unit’s internal batteries. Standby UPS provide a quasi-sine wave output which is suitable for most switch-mode power supplies. The PrOffice 650 UPS is a Standby UPS.
Line Interactive UPS
Upsonic Power’s Domestic Series is a Line Interactive UPS which contains built-in Automatic Voltage Regulators (AVR) and surge/sag protection devices which are constantly in operation. “Line Interactive” UPS models carry all the features of Standby UPS with many additional enhancements, including an enhanced level of surge and sag protection. The Domestic Series UPS provide a modified sine wave output.
Upsonic Power’s Commercial Series models provide a unique microprocessor-controlled Intelligent Buck and Boost technology, which allows the unit to correct brownouts and overvoltage conditions without resorting to battery power reserves. This allows the unit to deal with a wider range of power disturbances and helps increase battery life. Commercial Series UPS are ideal for high-end desktop and small to medium level network servers. The unit’s True Sine Wave Output is especially suited to communications equipment and other network peripherals.
True On-Line UPS
“True On-Line UPS” provide the highest possible level of UPS power protection. Internally different from Standby and Line Interactive UPS models, a True On-Line UPS continually breaks down, conditions and rebuilds the input power supply to strict voltage and frequency regulations. Upsonic Power’s Industrial series UPS’s features full Double Conversion and Input/Output Isolation suitable for high-end network servers and mission-critical electronic equipment. True On-Line Double Conversion UPS models are fully compatible with generator power and the only UPS suitable for industrial locations and country areas with poor quality power.
A typical Pentium or Macintosh system with a 17″ monitor(CRT) generally measures between 300-500VA (VA=Volts x Amps). As extra peripherals such as amplified multimedia speakers, external modems, scanners, and other equipment are added, this load can sometimes be between 400VA or 800VA. 19″ monitors(CRT) can also increase the load by an additional 50-80VA.
Therefore, while a 500VA UPS is sufficient for a basic system configuration, a more practical entry-level choice is the Domestic series 600VA UPS. It is common practise to leave some room for expansion; and if in doubt, always go to the next size. Our UPS Sizing Calculator can assist in finding the right size UPS for your equipment.
During a power failure a UPS naturally has a limited battery capacity. Once the battery has expired, your system will be subjected to this secondary power failure and left open to possible data corruption and hardware damage – exactly what the UPS was installed to prevent!
Shutdown software makes it possible for your computer system to identify the power supply status of the UPS and perform an orderly, automated shutdown of your network or workstation operating system. Once power is restored, the UPS reboots your system back into operation.
A UPS without shutdown software is only half of your power protection solution. Monitoring software has all of the features of shutdown software, and adds the ability to monitor input and output voltages, frequency, battery charge, UPS loading and many more useful features.
Upsonic Power’s Commercial series and Industrial series feature an advanced microprocessor-controlled communications port, capable of transmitting a wide variety of power analysis and status data to the monitoring computer system via a special serial cable.
The UPSILON UPS Monitoring Software package provides full support for this intelligent communications feature. The Domestic Series and the PrOffice 650 both use the Winpower shutdown and monitoring Software.
No, so long as the total VA rating of the equipment does not exceed the output of the UPS.
Upsonic Power supplies different types of cable adapters to convert the IEC-style output sockets (on smaller units) to Australian standard 3-Pin plugs for connection to powerboards or extension leads.
Upsonic Power UPS systems up to 2KVA are freestanding units which can be easily installed by the user, simply plugging into any existing 230/240V domestic power outlet. 3KVA units require a 15amp socket outlet(some can be hard wired), which some businesses already have installed – otherwise a licensed electrical contractor is required.
Due to the fittings on units above 3KVA, a licensed electrical contractor is required to hardwire these units into an electrical distribution board and wire a dedicated power circuit for your equipment. In these circumstances Upsonic Power can recommend and arrange a suitably qualified electrician.
The Domestic Series UPS model incorporates a much wider variety of features than the PrOffice. This range of intelligent UPS features wider input windows on frequency and voltage fluctuations, allowing automatic correction of power problems, conserving battery reserves and promoting longer battery life.
The Domestic Series UPS also features a fully intelligent communications port allowing it to interact with the Winpower monitoring software for real-time power management. The Domestic Series UPS is ideal for multimedia desktop systems and small workstations.
Network servers are the most obvious starting points when protecting a LAN from power disturbances. A typical server will require a UPS rated at least 800VA, 1000VA for mid-range servers and up to 3KVA for larger mainframe units.
When installing a UPS it is important to consider what other components are critical to the network. Look for hubs, routers, modems, backup drives, telephony equipment, and other computers performing server-like activities.
It is essential that ALL these devices are powered by the UPS for the network to remain stable. Also consider the requirements of network users and remote workstations performing mission-critical operations.