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Looking for a UPS? Here is all you need to know

The current pandemic has undeniably turned the world on its head. What used to be a mere buzzword – Working-From-Home (WFH), is now the norm for you and me today. It may have been yonks since you’ve stepped foot in the office, and perhaps, you have been working in your very own WFH space for a while now.

On that subject, a typical office is well-equipped to handle high power consumption, with backup power and safety features to ensure that workspaces are free from electrical hazards, keeping data and devices well-protected. However, now that you have moved your workspace back home, do you still have the same level of protection? 

UPS: What is it really and why do you need one?

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) offers guaranteed power protection for connected electronics. When power is interrupted due to various causes or fluctuates outside safe levels, a UPS will instantly provide clean battery backup power and surge protection for plugged-in, sensitive equipment. A UPS is a must-have for home offices. However, if you are still confused about what are the backup options and how to choose the right one for your needs, keep reading to clear some doubt on what to consider when getting your very own UPS.

Runtime 

The runtime is crucial as it refers to the amount of time a UPS can support connected devices during a power outage. Should the power go out, how long can a UPS keep powering the attached equipment? Your runtime depends on the type of work you do, for some, it’s the time it takes to safely shutdown your PC, for others, it may take several hours to avoid data loss. 

Load

A load refers to the number of devices (and the rate at which they consume power) connected to the UPS. If you plan to connect a multitude of devices, a UPS with more battery storage capacity is recommended.

Size and weight

Some UPS designs for workspaces can be bulky. Choosing a form factor that fits your requirement will assure that you do not need to sacrifice space while protecting your devices.

Energy efficiency

Some UPS offers “green” features such as power-saving outlets that automatically turn off idle peripherals. A high efficiency charging system and an automatic voltage regulator will help you reduce power consumption, which is ideal for cost-conscious home office professionals.

Battery

You have choices in both battery size and battery types. Most UPSs for homes contain lead-acid batteries. However, lithium-ion batteries are quickly growing in popularity with lower costs and smaller footprints.

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A good UPS acts as a front-line device, offering protection from lightning surges, power sags, swells and blackouts, safeguarding your computing and networking equipment at the comfort of your own home. Now that you know what to look for when choosing the best UPS for your needs, start equipping your home office with a well-rounded workspace.

Check out APC by Schneider Electric’s range of UPS and if you are wondering why APC by Schneider Electric? Well, with nearly four decades of innovation, APC by Schneider Electric is the most trusted brand and global leader in critical power and cooling solutions, serving customers in homes, data centres, buildings and industries around the world. I definitely would want to protect my favourite gadgets end electronic devices with a trusted brand.

Here are some recommendations:

APC Easy UPS BVX 700VA  

  • A budget-friendly UPS for standard home use, allowing you sufficient time to back up your work before the power goes off, priced at RM 250.00. 
  • Click here to find out more.

APC Easy UPS SMV 1000VA 

  • A UPS ideal for IT professionals, with the Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) feature that automatically adjusts voltage levels for your equipment, priced at RM 980.00. 
  • Click here to find out more.

APC Back UPS Pro BR 900VA 

  • A UPS ideal for SMEs or home businesses that may require a bigger backup output with up to 105 minutes runtime depending on the type of device plugged in, priced at RM 1,100.00. 
  • Click here to find out more.

Check out the APC by Schneider Electric official stores at Shopee and Lazada today!

This post is brought to you exclusively by APC by Schneider Electric


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