• The purpose of the buying guide:
  • What is a UPS?
  • How does a UPS work?
  • UPS Solutions
  • UPS Selection Criteria
  • UPS Management

UPS Buying Guide

The purpose of the buying guide:
  • Help users understand what a UPS is
  • Introduce different types of UPS
  • Explain key criteria for selecting a UPS
What is a UPS?

UPS, which stands for Uninterruptible Power Supply, provides power for equipment to safely shut down during a power outage. It protects connected equipment from unexpected power outage that could cause serious business disruption or data loss.

Here are some main benefits of the UPS:

  • Provides Battery Backup
  • Safeguards Valuable Data
  • Keeps Equipment Online
  • Protects from Surges and Spikes
  • Offers Clean and Stable Power
How does a UPS work?

When utility power is normal, the UPS provides power to connected equipment, and charges its internal battery.

Utility
Input Power
 
UPS
Internal Battery (Charging)
Output Power
 
Computers
Communication Equipment
Smart Home Devices
NAS

When utility power fails, the UPS provides power through its battery for its connected equipment.

Utility
Input Power
 (Failure)
UPS
Internal Battery
Output Power
(Via Internal Battery)
Computers
Communication Equipment
Smart Home Devices
NAS
UPS Solutions
Home

The UPS provides backup power protection for electronic devices at home, preventing damages caused by unexpected power failures, voltage fluctuations or other power issues.

Office

In an office environment with numerous business-critical devices, the UPS delivers reliable office solutions that safeguard important data and maintain network connectivity.

Data Center

To satisfy data center's large demand of power, the UPS helps to ensure maximum uptime of mission-critical equipment and services while reducing operating cost with energy-efficient technology.

UPS Selection Criteria

A few key points shall be considered when selecting a UPS based on individual needs.

The Basic Requirements
  • How much power is needed?

    The UPS must be able to handle the total power load of the equipment that requires protection. It is recommended that the output watt capacity of the UPS is 20 - 30% higher than the total wattage of its connected equipment.

  • How much runtime is needed?

    Runtime is the amount of time the UPS can provide battery power for connected equipment when utility power fails. Note that adding more equipment loads will shorten the runtime.

  • How much capacity is needed?

    As business expands, more equipment may need power protection, thus UPS capacity may need to be reserved at first. Use the equipment's power load and required runtime to calculate the suitable reserved capacity.

The Specifications
What is the voltage of the input power source?

Choose a UPS with voltage input that is equivalent to the input power of the equipment. The applicable UPS voltage differs by country, so it is vital to select the UPS with the corresponding voltage level.

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Which UPS topology is the most suitable?

Select the topology based on power needs. There are Standby, Line-Interactive or Online topology for UPS. The decision depends on the level of power protection and energy efficiency required.

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Where to install the UPS?

Consider where to install the UPS, then decide on the form factors catering to the installation requirement. Make sure the chosen UPS is able to fit in the space of usage.

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Which type of outlet is required?

Outlet types will vary according to different regions; make sure to select the appropriate one for your UPS systems.

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Popular Features
Pure Sine Wave Output

The UPS provides Pure Sine Wave output for sensitive electronics that require smoother and cleaner input source. It ensures efficient system operation which helps to reduce power consumption and save electricity costs.

Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR)

When incoming utility power has fluctuations, this function stabilizes the output power by regulating low voltages and over voltages without the need of switching to battery mode.

Multifunction LCD Readout

The LCD readout displays clear system information, such as power, battery and load status. It also features an intuitive interface, allowing easy monitoring and management.

Hot-swappable Batteries

This feature allows users to safely replace batteries without having to shut down the UPS and all connected equipment, ensuring maximum power availability.

Extended Battery Module (EBM)

In order to prolong system runtime during power interruption, the EBM can be installed together with the UPS. CyberPower's built-in charger allows batteries to return to full capacity more rapidly.

Remote Management Capability

By installing a SNMP card on the UPS, users can monitor and manage the system through the network. Users can also perform management tasks such as UPS scheduled shutdown, startup and reboot.

UPS Management
Local Management
Remote Management
Local Management
LCD Screen

The LCD readout displays clear system information, such as power status, battery status, load status and more. It also features a user-friendly and intuitive interface, allowing users to easily manage and monitor the entire system.

Remote Management
Remote Management Card (RMCARD)

By inserting the card into the SNMP/HTTP network slot on the UPS, users can remotely monitor and control the devices. They can also perform management tasks including scheduled shutdowns, startups, and reboots.

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LCD Screen

The LCD readout displays clear system information, such as power status, battery status, load status and more. It also features a user-friendly and intuitive interface, allowing users to easily manage and monitor the entire system.

PowerPanel® Management Software

The PowerPanel® Management Software can monitor, manage or perform graceful system shutdown for the UPS systems. It provides local and remote management to satisfy various management needs and applications.

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Below are some of the most generally applied voltage ranges:
  • 220-240 V - 50 Hz
  • 220-240 V - 60 Hz
  • 100-127 V - 60 Hz
  • 100-127 V - 50 Hz
Different power issues that can be solved by different types of UPS topology:
Power Issues
Standby
Line-interactive
Online Double-conversion
Power Failure
Power Surge
Power Sag
Over Voltage
Under Voltage
Frequency Distortion
Harmonic Distortion
Voltage Spike
High Frequency Noise

* When UPS is in battery mode, it can protect connected equipment against all the power issues listed above.

UPS is available in various shapes and sizes - Desktop, Rack, Tower and Rack/Tower convertible.
Desktop (Brick)

Desktop UPS can be installed on the desk. Some models which come with mounting slots, can also be mounted on the wall.

Rack

Rack UPS can fitted into standard rack enclosure for office, server room or data center application.

Tower

Tower UPS can be placed on the ground, shelf or desk to protect devices in home or office.

Rack/Tower Convertible

The UPS can be installed in standard rack enclosure or in tower mode based on the user’s requirements.

Most Common Outlet Types

Below are some of the typically used outlets among CyberPower UPS products.

UK

SCHUKO

IN

UN

AU

FR

AS

IT

CN

NEMA 5-15R

NEMA 5-20R

NEMA L5-20R

NEMA L5-30R

NEMA L6-20R

NEMA L6-30R

Hardware Terminal Block

IEC C13

IEC C19

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