Why use a UPS Instead of a Generator?

UPS Instead of a Generator?

UPS Instead of a Generator? With a UPS system, you will enjoy instant backup when the power goes out. A generator takes time to start, which could cause interruptions. Your uninterruptible power supply is usually compact and cheaper to run. More so than a generator. If it’s instant gratification you need, a UPS system could be your go-to option. It will provide backup power for all your electronic devices. These range from small electronics to medium and large applications.

Generators provide power for long periods. We use them for large applications like shopping centres and buildings. Which one is for you? It all depends on the application. If you are looking for convenience without interruptions, a UPS instead of a generator is your best choice..

It is Time to Say Goodbye to Downtime During Power Outages

We are experiencing load shedding in South Africa now more than ever. This causes disruptions in every aspect of our lives and on every level. What are my options for my business and home? What do I need to manage the schedules and minimise interruptions? Two obvious options spring to mind. They include uninterruptible power supply and generators. Again we ask the question, UPS Instead of a Generator? 

But Why Choose a UPS Over a Generator?

Although we use generators and UPS systems for backup, there are reasons UPS systems are better. You can keep everything running efficiently with your uninterruptible power supply. Protect your connected appliances during unstable power conditions.

Generators connected to your prime power supply can run many devices. We use large generator applications in the commercial and industrial sectors. But they are messy and noisy. Plus, they emit harmful carbon monoxide into the air. We have a smarter solution without the noise and mess. A solution that takes care of the environment.

Uptech’s range of medium to large enterprise UPS solutions helps run unconventional loads within the mining, IT (servers), banking, medical, laboratory, telecoms, factory, farming and military industries, to name a few. When responding to the question of “UPS Instead of a Generator”, the correct reply would be it depends on the application – many large enterprises need to remain uninterrupted so as not to loose any productivity.  

5 key reasons to choose a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) instead of a generator


1. Instant power backup.

A UPS will provide immediate backup power to connected devices in the event of a power outage whereas a generator needs time to start up to become operational. 

UPS systems provide an instant power supply. This means they keep critical appliances, like computers, servers and other essential equipment, running without any glitches.

A UPS automatically kick starts. This provides you with alternative electricity and minimises the chances of losing time and productivity during the switch-over. This is especially important when using medium to large critical equipment. Your UPS protects your sensitive equipment from incurring damages.

2. UPS systems are quieter to run.

UPS systems operate silently. A generator is often disruptive and noisy, especially in built-up areas. Uninterruptible power supply systems switch over quietly to automatic backup power mode. 

3. A UPS requires little maintenance.

A UPS system needs very little maintenance. A generator requires regular maintenance, such as oil changes and fuel

4. A UPS system is perfect for small and large loads.

   A UPS is perfect for personal computers, routers, and modems. We also use UPS systems in medium to large applications.

● A generator is often applied to handling large loads. Examples include buildings and entire households. They are usually not your go-to obvious choice for your smaller electronic appliances.

  Although most UPS systems are ideal for small loads, there are also many medium to larger systems. 

5. Enjoy clean, stable power with a UPS system.

This is important, as lead-acid batteries are extremely heavy and quite unmanageable. Lithium-ion batteries are a lot easier to handle. They are much lighter than lead-acid batteries.


What are the 3 Key Types UPS systems? Which One is Best?

1. Standby UPS System

The standby UPS System remains in standby mode. This only changes when the power fails.

2. Line Interactive UPS System

This system has an inverter, and a battery connected to the output power source. In case of a power failure, a switch changes the flow of power.

3. Double Conversion UPS System

We charge the backup battery with the input AC in this system. This powers the output and inverter for a smooth transition.

The Downside of Generators vs the Upside of UPS Systems

Your UPS is an excellent option. It offers major advantages which a generator does not provide. When the power from the utility dips and surges, your UPS detects these fluctuations. Your system automatically switches to the backup power source. This protects your electric appliances from damage.

Generators are both messy and noisy to run. Plus, they need refilling and regular maintenance. With today’s fuel prices escalating, generators are expensive to run. The smaller inexpensive portable generators require manual starting. They have limitations on the loads they carry. They are also unreliable.

Unsurprisingly, UPS systems and inverters with large battery capacities have grown in popularity in South Africa. They provide us with clean, seamless, standby power solutions. So the question of UPS or generator again depends on the application – UPS’s are an excellent power backup solution for business settings where downtime is not an option and all applications need to remain powered up throughout load shedding schedules.  

We help you keep the lights on with our range of UPS’s, inverters, batteries and solar solutions. Call us today on 010 443 9773 or contact us here. We will get back to you with solutions that will make a difference in powering your world.