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Monday, April 29, 2024

The Top 4 UPS Backup Power Supply Solutions for Wi-Fi Routers 2024

So, let’s talk about a UPS, and I am not talking about the brown delivery trucks. A UPS is the unsung hero of your digital realm. So, what exactly is a UPS, you ask?

South Africans know the power decides to take unscheduled vacations whenever someone from the government complains about Eskom… So, load shedding has become the only topic with made up reasons and schedules that don’t matter. So, without further political jokes, let’s get into the UPS propaganda!

What Is a UPS Device for Wi-Fi Routers?

First things first, UPS stands for Uninterruptible Power Supply. This digital bodyguard will keep your electronics powered up and protected.  

It's the ultimate insurance policy against data loss, equipment damage, and digital downtime. An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) device will keep your most important electronics running while there is load shedding.  

When the power is back on, it will recharge and maintain the energy storage of the UPS. The more energy is charged in the UPS for the Wi-Fi router, the longer it will maintain power when load shedding hits.

There are different technologies used in various UPS systems which enable these devices to do their job.

The energy in these devices is stored in many ways. Common ones are rechargeable batteries, and kinetic energy stored in heavy turning flywheels, or in the form of fuel. However, kinetic energy can also be stored in heavy, rotating flywheels or energy can be stored as fuel.

Key Technologies Behind UPS for Wi-Fi Routers

The key technologies for UPS devices include double conversion, line-interactive, and standby UPS technology. Taking it upon yourself to read up on all the different technologies will ensure that you can make an informed decision.  

Double Conversion Technology

This is the ultimate power protection any UPS can offer for a Wi-Fi router. It will give you a two-step power conversion process. An incoming alternating current (AC) transforms to direct current (DC) and again into a clean alternating current (AC).

What this process does is bypass annoying obstacles such as, outages, sags, surges and for South Africans, load shedding!  

This makes it an ideal backup power supply for sensitive electronic and critical operations.

The primary benefits of double conversion technology are:

  • Superior power conditioning
  • Zero transfer time to battery during outages
  • Consistent output voltage

Line-Interactive Technology

These systems maintain a balance between cost-efficiency and performance. With the process they use, the UPS can regulate voltage fluctuations by boosting or reducing the power supply.  

The process is called interactive inverter technology and avoids the need to switch to a battery mode during small voltage inconsistencies.  

To provide a reasonable level of power protection, the battery life is enhanced for a longer period.  

This is suited for people who work from home, and even small businesses as it handles a low to medium range level of power protection. A UPS for your Wi-Fi router can ensure workflows are efficient and productive without fail.

Standby UPS Technology

A standby UPS is also known as an offline UPS. It supplies battery power during load shedding which provides basic power protection.  

The UPS will only switch to battery mode when a problem occurs. Otherwise, it allows the power to pass through connected devices. This is suitable for remote working or small businesses, where it’s necessary to have basic power protection. It offers a fast switch to battery power while being cost-effective.

We have multiple UPS variants available to us, and some incorporate more than one of these technologies. Now that you have read up on these technologies, you can make a purchase with confidence.

Factors to Consider When Choosing an Uninterruptible Power Supply

Hold onto your routers, because choosing the right UPS is no walk in the digital park. When it comes to selecting the ultimate UPS for your Wi-Fi router, there are a few key factors to consider.  

  1. Capacity and Load: The capacity is measured in Volt-Amps (VA) or watts. It indicates what type of load the UPS can handle and how many devices you can connect to it. This is why finding a UPS that can support the total load of everything you need is vital. It will help you choose a UPS that won’t disappoint you by failing.
  1. Backup Time: Refers to how long the UPS can give you power during load shedding. To meet your requirements, make sure to check the backup time of a UPS. You never know to what stage load shedding will jump within a moment’s notice.
  1. Load Shedding Protection: Load shedding or surges can damage sensitive electronics, such as laptops or PlayStations. You can sidestep the risk of load shedding and surges with a powerful UPS.  
  1. Battery Life and Replacement: The battery life directly impacts the life expectancy of a UPS and its performance over time. The convenience of replacing the battery is also something to think about.
  1. Additional Features: You get some very modern UPSs for modern routers that will offer a bunch of additional features. This includes software integration, monitoring or managing power events, LSD displays or alarm systems. It can conveniently level up the usability and effectiveness of the UPS.

What size UPS do I need for my Wi-Fi router?

Typically, you would need 20 watts for Wi-Fi and 20 watts for the router. Here is a table with the loads of common appliances that people use to work from home. Also included is some Tv loads and other appliances for general home usage.  

Appliance Wattage – loads to be connected to UPS
Wi-Fi 20
Router 20
Laptop 80
Desktop 300
Gaming PC 1000
Cellphone charger 6

Here are some UPS loads for the TV if you’d like to stream while there is load shedding:

How Do I Keep My Router on During Load Shedding?

Simple attach your uninterruptable power supply to keep your internet running, this includes fibre, LTE or 5G. Most routers consume a small amount of power and can run for several hours on an external power supply.

What Is a Good UPS for Wi-Fi?

Here are the top 4 UPS backup power supplies for a Wi-Fi router:

  • Fibre UPS 36W  
  • Fibre UPS 36W
  • Portable Power Station 700W
  • Portable Power Station 700W

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Yulan Stander
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