Uninterruptible power supplies are key to minimising unwanted downtime, power outages and serious system failures. There are two main options available to protect your business: online UPS or offline UPS.
But how to choose between offline and online UPS systems and what are the main differences between them?
The type of solution you choose to use depends on a few factors, namely your industry, size and equipment needs. In this article, we will look at both online and offline UPS systems and reveal some of the pros and cons of using them.
What are online UPS?
An online UPS system supplies power to an AC load by passing electricity through a combination of a rectifier and an inverter. As the power is always on and flowing, there is no time gap between a power failure and the operation of the online UPS. Its continuous power consumption may reduce battery life, but the absence of a time lag makes it a very attractive UPS solution for business owners.
What are offline UPS?
Unlike online UPS systems, offline UPS send power directly to the AC load using a DC battery inverter. Offline UPS systems do not continuously discharge the batteries, thus ensuring longer battery life. They also create smaller heat sinks, which significantly reduces system costs.
Even if these systems do not continuously drain battery power, business owners should still replace batteries every 5 to 7 years to keep their offline UPS working properly. We have a team of vigilant and trained staff who helps you find the right UPS model for you.
Online and Offline Ups – Pros and Cons
Both online and offline UPS systems offer a unique set of advantages (and disadvantages) for business owners to consider. Each has a number of pros and cons:
- Offline UPS are more economical than online systems.
- Online UPS systems do not require power system switches.
- Offline UPS systems are often considered more reliable.
- Online UPS systems have the possibility of zero downtime.
If you are considering replacing your UPS with a new online or offline system, contact us without wasting an more time.
Which is better for offline and online UPS?
Ultimately, there is no “better” UPS solution – you have to choose the one that best suits your business needs. Government bodies, transport organizations, pharmaceutical companies, educational institutions, financial organizations and other service industries should rely on the set of guidelines to determine the right solution for their business.
For more information on what type of UPS system might be best for you, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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