How APC and Schneider UPS protect equipment and information during a hurricane

“The important thing is not only to replace electrical energy with a plant or inverter, it is also necessary to protect equipment and data. Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS) allow everything connected to electrical current to be protected. Any application, be it audio, video, computers, a lamp, game system or cameras for the protection of homes and offices, are investments that we must keep safe,”

Manager of the Elite Partners Account and English Caribbean Secure Power Division Energy Management Business, Rafael Alexander De Los Santos

In the middle of the hurricane season and with forecasts that warn of the appearance of up to 25 tropical storms from now until November 30, it is important to be sure that our home and information will be safe in the event of any potential storm.

Generally, we try to have a reserve of food, water and to secure windows and doors, but what happens with investments such as our appliances, laptops with which we work or even our information?

Uninterruptible Power Systems – Protection against high voltage peaks and fluctuations

At a time when the so-called “new normal” forces many to work and study from home, it is more important than ever to keep what we consider our most important current assets safe. There are many variables that affect the quality of electricity in the home and, at the same time, the connected equipment.

Uninterruptible Power Systems provide protection against high voltage peaks and fluctuations that can occur, for example, when lightning strikes near the house. It also provides a backup of energy thanks to an internal battery that allows us to make a healthy change from power that comes from the power company to an inverter or power plant.

In addition, they ensure constant voltage regulation so that everything connected to the UPS receives a stable level, regardless of what happens.

APC Recommended UPS – Standby, Interactive Line and Double Conversion Line

APC recommends that you verify the average number of watts that you will connect to the UPS by adding the individual wattage of each device to connect.

That information, which can be found on the back label of each team, will help you determine the type of UPS you need.

You should also take into account which of the three types of UPS available suits your needs:


  • Standby – This receives the electricity supply, charges the battery and at the same time transfers that electricity to the connected component
  • Interactive Line – This adds voltage regulation and offers greater protection
  • Double Conversion Line – This is the most robust and allows the connected equipment to be supplied 100% from the UPS battery and never from the electrical supply that comes from outside.

Once the UPS is already installed, it is a good idea to periodically take stock of any changes in our IT environment as the IT load will likely have increased, which means that a larger UPS, additional batteries or units may be needed to support increased load and maintain desired runtime.

Also, it is vital to replace the batteries when necessary. Stay Safe during the Hurricane Season!!


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