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The Importance of Backing Up Your Business with an Uninterruptible Power Supply

For Professionals - by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 8/10/2020

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A sudden power outage can have a serious impact on your business, disrupting operations and cutting you off from crucial information. The good news is, you can protect your critical data with an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). These on-site battery backup devices allow you to continue operations when the power goes out, while allowing you to stay connected to time-sensitive data. If you're looking to protect your business, we offer a variety of UPS solutions, as well as backup batteries and even rebuild kits to help your current system run more efficiently.

What does an Uninterruptible Power Supply Do?

UPS systems provide a number of important benefits for businesses. The first and most obvious is that they keep you from losing the use of your computer or phone system during a sudden loss of power. A UPS will also allow you to save your current work and maintain your online connection, so that you never lose communication with your team, customers, clients or suppliers. They also protect against the potential loss of data, by backing up servers, plus, many UPS units provide surge protection to help protect your computers and equipment from damage caused by electrical surges.

What is the Difference Between a UPS System and a Battery Backup?

Although the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, there are some pretty significant differences between how a battery backup and a true UPS system works. A battery backup simply provides a source of backup power if the electricity goes out. A UPS system works slightly differently. Instead of standing by and waiting for a power loss, a UPS system is actively filtering power to protect against issues like flickering power or power surges, which are oftentimes not enough to activate a traditional backup battery.

This is especially important for industries that need to maintain near-zero downtime for their on-site systems. Even if power is lost for just a second, mission-critical systems and devices can malfunction and create major problems. A UPS system allows you to endure a loss of power with no slow-down. Even in spaces like hospitals, which are backed up by diesel generators, there is a short time where a UPS will help keep things running without a glitch.

Which Type of Battery is Best for UPS?

A UPS unit requires a functioning Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) battery in order to operate. To get the most out of your system, we suggest using Duracell Ultra SLA batteries. These high-rate replacement batteries are specifically designed to provide fast, reliable power delivery for backup applications.

We also offer Duracell Ultra Rebuild Kits, perfect for upgrading your current RBC battery pack. Simply bring in your current RBC kit and we'll replace the batteries with high-performance Duracell Ultra batteries. This simple change will save you time and money, while providing you with the backup protection you rely on. Call your nearest Batteries Plus Bulbs location for further details.

The Importance of Checking Your UPS Battery

One thing to remember, a UPS system is only as good as its battery. That means if the battery goes dead, the whole backup system is useless. Because many of these systems lie dormant for months at a time, it's easy for users to completely forget about the batteries that power their UPS system. That's why it's important to regularly check to make sure your current battery is active. Many UPS systems will sound an alert telling you when it's time to change batteries, but it's still a good idea to perform regular check-ups just to be sure.

Batteries Plus Bulbs offers backup systems and surge protectors from American Power Conversion (APC). No matter what size your business is, you'll find a solution perfect for your data capacity and power needs. Also, consider signing up for one of our free business accounts  . You'll receive competitive volume pricing and other valuable perks, as well as access to your own dedicated advisor who can help advise you on the best products to help protect your business' valuable data.

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