New power protection for SA

Issue 7 2023 Products & Solutions, Power Management

A new generation of uninterrupted power supply (UPS) and power protection systems is now available for technology applications grappling with South Africa’s escalating power cuts in both residential and commercial environments.

Supporting both businesses and individuals, power management company, Eaton, has announced the Gen2 version of its line interactive UPS 5E, providing power protection for the most essential technology applications in both residential and professional settings with the best price-performance ratio.

“Ageing power generation infrastructure and limited access to renewable energy in South Africa means more people need access to affordable tools, systems and equipment that help with business continuity and the protection of their infrastructure against more frequent and potentially harmful power cuts,” says Jessica Masina, Junior Product Manager at Eaton South Africa. “Not only must a UPS solution provide enough power to safely shut down certain sensitive equipment, it must also offer the ability to continue key operations in a variety of settings, thus keeping the economy going, even throughout the most extreme periods of supply shortage.”

The 5E Gen2 offers new features based on a variety of modern customer requirements. The compact and reliable solution covers a wider range of ratings (550 – 2200 VA), operating even more silently for a better customer experience, supporting full global compatibility and high-quality standards.

Through extensive feedback from customers, the 5E Gen2 range has increased (10 to 22 P/Ns) and is supplied with local outlet models (FR/ DIN-IT/BS) in addition to current IEC models. Higher VA ratings, lower noise, silent audible alarm and enhanced aesthetic, make this newest version more suitable for customers’ needs.

The product range covers the power requirements of many IT devices, providing perfect protection for computers, workstations and peripherals; internet routers, network attached storage devices, TVs, games consoles plus other more power-hungry devices such as home security devices; point of sale machines, and ticketing machines with a two-year warranty that can be extended.This UPS is also a sustainable solution due to reduced power consumption, regulating grid fluctuations and saving battery life for an actual outage.

“The 5E Gen2 ensures peace of mind with batteries that are permanently recharged (even when off) and a UPS that can start without mains (cold start),” says Masina. “You can also analyse and control your power usage with the Eaton UPS Companion software, which allows users to analyse and control power usage.” The software allows for safe system shutdown to UPS systems and provides users an easy way to access their UPS settings and monitor cost and usage.

Greater tolerance of grid fluctuations

All kinds of influences can upset grid voltage, at any time. The 5E Gen2 features a double-boost line interactive topology (AVR) for a wider input voltage window (under and overvoltage: 140 – 300 V) to save battery power in the event of a power outage. A silent operation ensured by fanless design up to 1200 VA, allows users to progress with their work or leisure with no disruptions.

“With a much broader potential user base, especially in the consumer market, installation and usage is easier, and the device integrates automatically into most common operating systems, providing an effortless connection with any equipment,” adds Masina. “The compact housing makes the UPS easy to fit into home or office surroundings.”

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