What are the differences of a Generator vs UPS?
With unpredictable power outages happening across the country on a daily basis businesses are forced to have backup power supplies in place to avoid Load-Shedding production breaks.
Depending on your power requirements and the load that you need powered, the most popular options include:
- Generator power
- Uninterruptable power supply (UPS)
- A combination of both
While in essence they both serve the same purpose there are significant differences. Understanding the differences will help you decide how best to structure you backup power system.
A UPS uses batteries that charge when the power is on and then when the power cuts it uses stored energy to power electrical devices. The more batteries it has the more power it can generate. The key benefits are:
- Immediate backup power supply, therefore a continuous supply ensuring time to save & log off of important accounts.
- UPS options from APC offer extended run times to allow for a full day’s business critical system operations.
- Eco-friendly as it does not create any emissions that are harmful to the environment
- Requires very little maintenance
A generator works on the principle of converting çhemical energy to mechanical energy into electrical energy. It can provide backup power based upon fuel requirements but can have a slow start up time. It needs about 10 or more seconds to start up which is more than enough time to lose data. The key considerations include:
- Requires consumable energy in terms of fuel and oil
- It is noisy, although this can be minimized using insulation
- Creates harmful emissions
- Can be turned on/off either manually or automatically;
- Requires regular maintenance
One size doesn’t fit all
Before you decide which is the best solution for you, it’s important to consider the nature of your business and its power requirements. In many cases you might need to look at a combination of the two to ensure a steady, long lasting power supply.
If you have critical systems that are put at risk if the power supply fluctuates or if it cuts entirely then you definitely need a UPS as it will ensure an even supply of power while your generator gets up to speed. A UPS will protect your devices from:
- Damage caused by power surges
- Loss of stored data by sudden power cuts
- A damaged lifespan of electronic devices and accessories that are very power sensitive.
Why not take the guesswork out of your business continuity program and ask to see a System 5 technician. We can help you decide upon the best options to manage and protect your business critical systems and keep you operating through rolling power outages in the years to come.
Call System 5 today for a proven backup power supply to keep your business running during power cuts and to protect critical devices and data: 011 317 7120