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How to be prepared for a power outage?

Published by Lee Kelly on 02 August 2019

When the power goes off what do you think that affects? Your lights and heating? A power outage affects so much more than what you may think. It can affect your whole operations and even cost you a significant amount of money. The average IT business can cost between £10k and £1 million per hour of downtime.

Power outages are more common than you think

These outages occur often and can last on average around 50 minutes per outage in the UK. With an outage of that length, it could cause irreparable damage to your company and your revenue. Being able to keep the power on during these times can be a highly demanding task depending on your needs and requirements.

The list to check to see if you are prepared for a power outage

  • Do you have a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply)?
  • Do you have a backup generator?
  • If you have one of the above does it connect to everything that is mission-critical?

Critical Power Supplies - Riello UPS product range for backup supplies from small home units to mega data centres.

How can my company be prepared?

There are many ways that you can go around getting your company prepared for a power outage and here is a small list that you can follow so that you can get yourself set-up in the event of an outage.

  • Make a list of all the devices that you would like to backup during an outage. This should include the wattage and amps this can be found in the product manual or on any power bricks or power supplies.

Critical Power Supplies - Preparing a list to backup a companies power.

  • Work out the length of time (runtime) you would like to be backed up for be it 10 minutes, 30 minutes or an hour +. (Most UPS give a backup of around 4 – 10 minutes on full load).
  • Figure out what budget you have for this backup system. (Costs can rapidly grow depending on load and runtime).
  • Find a suitable backup system which will work within your requirement or we can find the correct one for you. (Call us on 0800 978 8988).

What does a UPS do?

A UPS or Uninterruptable Power Supply is built to protect you from a power outage. It can protect from the 9 power problems depending on which type of UPS you select (Find out more here). UPS’s are put in between your mains power and the connection to your electronics and stands as a shield from external influences. A UPS can also do more than just protect your electronics it can help prolong the life of them. (How a UPS Works). There are a lot of manufacturers to choose from but some of the top ones are Eaton, APC, Riello and Vertiv.

Critical Power Supplies - UPS engineer finishing off a UPS install and testing the system.

What does a Generator do?

A generator can produce electricity from an engine that is powered by Diesel, Petrol or LPG. It can give long runtimes that means you can keep on running your company from hours and even days in cases. Generators usually take a few minutes to get up and running properly when needed so a generator is usually backed off with a UPS so that there isn’t any downtime at all. (More about generators). One of the best brands for generators is SDMO.