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How do I protect my business during load shedding?

Just when you thought load shedding was a thing of the past you were caught off guard by the latest rolling blackouts. While ESKOM scrambles to maintain their power supply, millions of people are left without electricity. Honestly, it has happened before; it is happening now; it isn’t going to get better any time soon. Load shedding interrupts our home lives…

Can a UPS system protect my business during rolling blackouts?

During load shedding, when ESKOMs generation ability flounders, millions of South Africans are subjected to power failures, sometimes daily. Besides interrupting our home and business lives, blackouts also cause data corruption on computer systems and damage various sensitive and expensive electronics like TVs, DSTV, and CCTV equipment. The only w…

Can I use a UPS for emergency power during rolling blackouts?

Yes, you can, but it isn’t cheap when it comes to repetitive daily power failures and thus not always the best option to use a UPS on its own. A UPS can supply ANY load if it is sized correctly; however, it comes with a price tag and a backup battery that requires replacement every few year depending on use and number of discharges. What can I power with my UPS? When lo…

Standby Systems achieves full marks on IDC supplier performance scorecard for UPS Systems and Services Performed

Standby Systems is pleased to announce that IDC (Industrial Development Corporation) has awarded us FULL MARKS! We were graded and came out tops in all areas, as listed: Technical Operations SHE Compliance Quality Service Delivery (response to queries and complaints) Finance (accuracy of invoices, payments, etc.) This scorecard rating proves that St…

Voltage stabiliser applications and choosing the best product.

In specific instances, where voltage fluctuation in the power supply is a frequent occurrence which causes damage to loads, a voltage stabiliser is an option. Allow me to make it clear from the start that a voltage stabiliser can NOT replace a UPS. A UPS generates power when the utility goes off by using battery power and converting it to Sinewave AC power with…

What Is a UPS System?

A UPS, also called an uninterruptible power supply system, is a device that ensures the load connected to it will stay on when the power goes off. It provides continuous and constant no-break power and is a continuous power solution, or CPS. There are many reasons for a power failure occurring, including thunderstorms causing tripping of circuit breakers,…

Everything you need to know about a UPS Backup Battery

In this article we aim to answer three FAQs about UPS batteries: 1. How is a UPS backup battery made? 2. What are the things you should look out for when purchasing a backup battery? 3. Is my UPS battery really a green solution for Africa? 1. How is a UPS backup battery made? The theory behind any battery is that if you put two different types of metals into a transfer…

How do I choose the right UPS System?

Your guide to selecting the right UPS system, also known as an Uninterruptible Power Source or Supply, to back up your computer system and other critical loads. This very comprehensive article, divided into 7 sections for easy referencing: 1. What a UPS is not 2. A UPS serves a dual purpose 3. Backup-time to Cost ratio 4. UPS and battery care 5. Combining your U…

Frequently used UPS terminology and corresponding definitions.

AC – ALTERNATING CURRENT POWER AC is the type of power that comes from the grid supply. It is the most widely used type of supply to feed almost every type of load. The output of a UPS is AC power either 220 volts 1 phase or 400 volts 3 phase. DC – DIRECT CURRENT POWER DC is the type of power that comes from a battery or rectifier. It is the most widely used type of supply to…