Backup Power Vendors

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Vendors

UPS systems provide immediate protection from outages of utility power. The lengths of outages that can be covered are dependent on the size of the unit, measured in VA or kVA (1,000 VA) and the number of batteries. For protection from long-term outages you will also need a generator. (See Backup Power Systems and Power Glossary.)

The following companies manufacture UPS systems:

APC Corporate Headquarters: Founded in 1981, APC is a leading provider of global, end-to-end AC and DC-based power products and services. APC provides surge suppressors, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), power conditioning equipment, power management software, DC power systems, and precision cooling equipment, as well as professional and consulting services. APC’s solutions for home and corporate environments improve the manageability, availability, and performance of sensitive electronic, network, communication, and industrial equipment of all sizes. InfraStruXure, APC’s latest solution for small networks through entire facilities, is the first modular, “pay as you grow” solution for power and cooling requirements.

132 Fairgrounds Road
W Kingston, RI 02892

Belkin Corporation: Belkin has over a decade of experience in the development of industry power products. With over 38 million surge protectors sold, their surge protection and UPS product lines offer a wide range of UPS systems extending from home use to enterprise products. Belkin’s units range from 350VA to 3200VA with the following technology footprints: stand-by, line-interactive, and rackmount units with remote monitoring technology over Internet protocol. These units have a three-year product warranty, connected equipment warranty, and data recovery warranty. They also have hot-swappable batteries with the Network series, aimed at protecting tower servers and other entry-level enterprise components.

PO Box 5649
Compton, CA 90224-5649

Best Power (see Powerware)

CyberPower Systems, Inc: Established in 1997, CyberPower Systems (USA), Inc. provides uninterruptible power protection products for desktop, workstation and network applications. CyberPower bridges the gap between simple surge strips and more costly power protection systems. Their products are available through authorized distributors, VARs, retail, mail order, and e-commerce resellers. CyberPower offers connected equipment guarantees from $30,000 to $60,000.

5555 12th Ave E, Suite 110
Shakopee, MN 55379

Liebert: With more than one million power and environmental control systems installed throughout more than 100 countries, Liebert claims to have more ways to protect and cool sensitive electronics than anyone. Their power protection line offers a broad range of solutions, from surge protection and power conditioning to Uninterruptible Power Supplies in off-line, on-line, and line-interactive topologies.

MGE UPS Systems, Inc: MGE UPS Systems provides a wide array of UPSs ranging from protecting PCs and networks to very large data centers. In addition to UPSs, their product line also includes inverters, rectifiers, power management software, active harmonic conditioners, and surge suppressors. MGE has two UPSs specifically for call centers. The Pulsar Evolution (500 to 3000 kVA) is a smaller UPS designed to protect call center PCs and networks. The Galaxy PW (100 to 225 kVA) is designed for larger applications including data centers.

1660 Scenic Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Minuteman UPS / Para Systems, Inc: Minuteman provides UPS for telephones, computers, and data communication devices. Their products are available from 300 VA to 10 kVA.

1455 LeMay Drive
Carrollton, TX 75007
800-238-7272 or 972-446-7363

OPTI International Corporation: OPTI offers hardware and software power protection for home, small office, and network to protect computer systems and mission critical equipment from lighting, surges, blackouts, and brownouts. The Value series provides the basic protection in a cost-effective package for home user, small business, and workstations; the BT series offers reliable power protection for their high-end computing equipment in small package; the Enhanced series designed especially to support PC servers; and the Power series provides a true sine-wave output waveform.

19850 E. Business Parkway
City of Industry, CA 91789

Powercom America, Inc: Since 1987, Powercom has been a worldwide provider of power protection products. Powercom designs, manufactures, markets, and services UPS systems for business and industry. It supplies products for PCs, minicomputers, LANs, WANs, cash register/POS systems, office telephone equipment, and global communication networks.  As an ISO-9001 certified company, Powercom’s UPS products range from the low-cost stand-by UPS to true on-line series. Compact design, easy installation, and extended run times are incorporated into the design of all Powercom products. UPS (Uninterruptible Power Systems) is their major product line, offering Off-line UPS, Line-Interactive, and True On-line UPS, ranging from 300 VA to 60 kVA. They also provide Inverters, DC UPS, and surge protectors.

1040A S. Melrose Street
Placentia, CA 92870

Powerware: Powerware Corporation is a global provider of power quality and management solutions. Offering a wide range of products and services, Powerware integrates a full line of AC and DC power systems, power management software, remote monitoring, turnkey integration services, and site support. Powerware systems and services deliver the high nines of availability demanded by today’s digital economy. Powerware products and services are utilized in local and wide area networking, data and voice over IP, co-location facilities, fixed-line and wireless communication networks, and industrial manufacturing. The Powerware 9125 online UPS comes in capacities ranging from 700 to 6000 VA.

Raleigh, NC

Toshiba: Over the past 125 years, Toshiba has specialized in developing, manufacturing, and marketing products for the fields of Electronics and Energy. Toshiba International Corporation, located in Houston, TX, is the Industrial Division of Toshiba. At this location, Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) ranging from 600 VA to 3000 kVA are designed and built. Toshiba UPSs are built in the U.S. with U.S. components. Their UPSs use IGBT-based technology. Toshiba is committed to excellence and quality in design and manufacturing with research and development in this product area dating back to 1968.

13131 West Little York Road
Houston, TX 77041
800-231-1412 or 713-466-0277

Tripp Lite: Dating back to 1922 and inventor Graham Trippe, Trippe Manufacturing Company and Tripp Lite has offered a series of products for different markets and industries. As the personal computer became an increasingly important business tool, power protection from Tripp Lite became recognized as an essential add-on to computer installations. After 14 million Isobars and more than 3.5 million UPS systems, Tripp Lite is a leading manufacturer of power protection supplies, including UPS systems, AC and dataline surge suppressors, line conditioners, cabling and connectivity products, and network management accessories. In 1999, Tripp Lite became the exclusive licensee for IBM-brand UPS systems. Tripp Lite recently received ISO 9001 certification and now spans the globe with sales in excess of $175 million and shipment to more than 85 different countries worldwide. Their SmartPro and SmartOnline series are ideal for call center applications and provide complete power protection; they support critical loads during power failures while protecting against brownouts, surges, and line noise.

PO Box 821047
Vancouver, WA 98682-0024

Replacement Batteries

Replacement batteries can be obtained from the manufacturer of your UPS system. In addition, you might consider contacting:

American Battery Company: ABC is a one-stop source for UPS replacement batteries. Whether the need is a single battery or the replacement of an entire floor of UPS batteries, ABC can meet the need. All their batteries meet or exceed the original manufacturers’ specifications. Simply visit the ABC website and go to their UPS Battery Chart to find the exact UPS replacement battery and then purchase it online. All ABC UPS batteries come with a 12-month warranty and their UPS battery replacement kits come complete with cables and connectors ensuring a quick and smooth UPS battery installation. American Battery will also recycle your old battery free of charge; just return it to them in the reusable packaging that the replacement battery came in and they will recycle the battery. (See Battery Recycling.)

Generator Vendors

While generators cannot provide an instantaneous source of backup power, they can provide power for the long-term, limited only by the availability of fuel to power the unit. As such, they are an ideal adjunct to a UPS, together providing total backup power protection. Here is contact information for generator manufacturers:

Cummins Power Generation Americas: Cummins Power Generation brand products include power systems and related accessories, components and services including the pre-integrated PowerCommand system, plus diesel and gas generator sets, transfer switches, and switchgear used in commercial facilities for emergency backup and prime power. Cummins Power RentSM is a global supplier of trailerized rental generator sets.

1400 73rd Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55432

Generac Power Systems: Generac Power Systems is one of the world’s largest independent manufacturers of complete engine-driven generator systems ranging from 3 kW to 2000 kW for industrial, commercial, residential, mobile, recreational vehicle, and communications applications.

Hwy. 59 & Hillside Road
P.O. Box 8
Waukesha, WI 53187

Onan (See Cummins): Begun by D.W. Onan in 1920, Onan has provided power generation equipment for more than 80 years. In 1989, Onan Corporation became a fully owned subsidiary of the Cummins Engine Company (now Cummins Inc.). Today Onan branded products are built by Cummins Power Generation, a subsidiary of Cummins Inc. and a world leader in the design and manufacture of consumer and commercial power generation products.

[From Connection MagazineNovember 2003]