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Gruber Power | Power Protection Choices

UPS Power Protection Choices

These examples are some of many power protection styles and power protection methods available in the industry today. This tutorial is used to help explain some basic design differences in UPS products. See our training section for additional information.

Surge Protection
Surge suppression products protect against small surges that cause damage over time, shortening equipment life. Your equipment is also protected from catastrophic surges created by severe conditions such as lightning. Most products available also provide an add-on with data line protection for equipment's "back-door".

Line Conditioning
Line conditioning products provide design inherent surge suppression plus automatic correction of sags and over-voltage by boosting low voltage and stepping down high voltage to levels that are safe for your system. This from of regulation prevents data loss and keeps your system up and running even through extended brownouts and protection against damaging over-voltage conditions.

Off-line /Standby UPS
Off line or also known as standby UPS's provide design inherent surge suppression with a low price solution to environments that have non-critical systems. Utility power is provided during normal operation. Utility voltage and frequency changes are not regulated by this type of UPS, and pass through to your equipment. When voltage or frequency changes become too severe, the UPS inverter converts DC battery power to AC power to run your system.

Line-interactive UPS
Line-interactive UPS provide design inherent surge suppression and automatic correction of sags and over-voltage at a mid-range price for systems that are fairly critical. This design offers voltage regulation by boosting the low voltage and stepping down high voltage levels that are safe for your system without having to use the battery like off-line or standby UPS. These units can increase the life of the battery and provide more run time if the power can be conditioned without using the battery.

On-line UPS
On-line UPS provide surge suppression, automatic correction of sags and over-voltage, no-break power and many other features for systems that are very critical. This design protects against all types of power problems by continuous use of the inverter to create 100% new, clean, regulated AC power for your systems. Batteries are used only when power rises or falls outside its window of regulation. This technology increases the battery life span and provides battery reserve for when it's really needed.