In a country like Nigeria,   where power problems are common, companies require specific power protection features to help ensure uninterrupted computer availability.

“Based on this, it is important that organisations and computer users in general select the best uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to protect themselves from the damage to hardware and lost data that can be caused by a power outage,” Carl Kleynhans, regional director of  Africa, Indian Ocean Islands and South Caribbean at APC by Schneider Electric, said.

Choosing the ideal UPS , according to is  easy to do. “The first step a potential user must take is to walk around their home or office and list the equipment that would need to be protected by the UPS, remembering to include monitors, terminals, external hard drives and any other critical equipment.

“The next step is to look on the back of each piece of equipment for a nameplate that lists its power requirements in amps. For each item, the number of amps that will be plugged into each UPS must be calculated

“This figure must then be multiplied by 120VA. The result is the VA requirement you’ll need your UPS to supply. For example: a computer is 2 amps, the modem is 0.3 amps and the monitor is 1 amp (a total of 3.3 amps), 120VA x 3.3 amps  396VA.

“f components are measured in Watts, then the user must multiply the number of Watts by 1.4 to get a VA figure.You can then select the UPS product with a VA rating that supports your VA total or is higher” he said

APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in critical power and cooling services, provides industry leading product, software and systems for home, office, data centre and factory floor applications. Backed by the strength, experience, and wide network of Schneider Electric’s Critical Power & Cooling Services, APC delivers well planned, flawlessly installed and maintained solutions throughout their lifecycle. Through its unparalleled commitment to innovation, APC delivers pioneering, energy efficient solutions for critical technology and industrial applications.

In 2007, Schneider Electric acquired APC and combined it with MGE UPS Systems to form Schneider Electric’s Critical Power & Cooling Services Business Unit, which recorded 2008 revenue of €2,6 billion and employed 12,000 people worldwide.

APC solutions include uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), precision cooling units, racks, physical security and design and management software, including APC’s InfraStruXure® architecture, the industry’s most comprehensive integrated power, cooling, and management solution.


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