What is the difference between a UPS and an Inverter?

To fix the issue of power outages and unavailability of electricity, the inverter and UPS were devised to support electrical equipment. Both are used in providing backup power for business continuity and to avoid any disruption that could lead to critical damage.

By definition, a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply)  provides continuous power to devices that would normally plug into a wall outlet in the event of a power outage. This is important for things where you don’t want them to lose power (e.g. life support equipment at a hospital, servers at a data center, maybe your internet router at home).  An Inverter on the other hand is an electronic gadget that is used to provide supply by converting direct current into alternating current. An inverter is not able to provide any supply but through D.C source.

Their basic function is the same in that they store electricity in a battery when power is available, and provide it to various devices in the event of an electricity outage. However, they both are different in their circuitry, price, functions, etc. All UPSes contain an inverter as well as a battery charger, but not all inverters offer a built-in battery charger, which would then need to be purchased separately.

UPS VS Inverter
  • Response Time: A key difference between an inverter and a UPS is the time taken by them to provide power supply from the batteries in the event of a power failure: an off-line UPS (the standard) switches to battery power within 3 to 8 milliseconds after mains power has been lost. An inverter changes over in anything from 25 to 500 milliseconds. Gadgets that can’t tolerate even this time lag or which may be damaged by being incorrectly shut down, such as a computer or sensitive medical equipment, are paired up with a UPS rather than an inverter, precisely for this reason.
  • Technical Variation: In UPS, the alternating current (A.C) is changed to direct current (D.C). This direct current helps to charge the battery. The power is consistently drawn from the battery, and thus there is no crack when a power outage is there. The battery quits getting charged, however, the UPS proceeds with its energy supply till the battery gets totally released. In the inverter, the principle power alternating current (A.C) is supplied to the inverter and it is changed into direct current (D.C) at the same time, which continues the charging of the battery. A sensor and transfer structure is there that dependably screens the OFF or ON condition of the main supply
  • Connection: As UPS is directly connected to different appliances. However, the inverter takes help from the main power supply line for providing electricity to different appliances at offices or homes.
  • Circuit: UPS system commonly consists of three things i.e. rectifier/charger, inverter, and controller. The inverter usually comprises of two things i.e. inverter and controller.
  • Usage: UPS can be used for houses, offices, and commercial or for industrial use due to its double conversion system. UPSes provide protection against line abnormalities like surges, voltage fluctuation, under-voltage, over-voltage, spikes, and noise. Whereas inverter can’t give better results in industrial or commercial use because it is unable to bear more load. It can be used for normal lighting at homes or offices.
  • Voltage: In UPS, there is automatic voltage regulation (AVR) which is set almost at 220 volts. In an inverter, the input voltage is as same as the output voltage which is 230 volts.
  • Price:  UPSes generally cost more than inverters of the same size owing to the delicate circuitry they require.

Whether you need extended backup power for your home or business, or you wish to protect your sensitive instrumentation and equipment at all times, Actolog can offer you The Power of Choice. Write to us at actologng@gmail.com or call 09062830781

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