In a country like Nigeria,Â Â where power problems are common, companies require specific power protection features to help ensure uninterrupted computer availability.
â€œBased 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,â€ Carl Kleynhans, regional director ofÂ Africa, Indian Ocean Islands and South Caribbean at APC by Schneider Electric, said.
Choosing the ideal UPS , according to isÂ easy to do. â€œThe 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.
â€œThe 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
â€œThis figure must then be multiplied by 120VA. The result is the VA requirement youâ€™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 ampsÂ 396VA.
â€œf 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 higherâ€ he said
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