example of a ups system

How Much Does UPS Installation Cost?

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS), also known as a battery backup, provides backup power when your regular power source fails. Carry on reading to find out everything you need to know about a ups cost.

Call out fee R400 - R700

UPS cost only

600 VA Full Sine Wave ( 500 watt continuous ) UPS R 2 999
800 VA Full Sine Wave ( 650 watt continuous ) UPS R 4 200
1500 VA Full Sine Wave ( 1200 watt continuous ) UPS R 6 100

UPS backup power unit extras

Battery enclosure (design dependant) R 850 to R 1 150
30 Amp sealed lead acid 12 V battery R 850
102 AH sealed silver calcium / lead acid battery 12 V battery R 2 600
Black pressed metal wheel housing (size dependant and made to order) R 900 to R 2 000
High quality indoor/outdoor steel housing (design dependant) R 800 to R 8 600
*Sealed maintenance free batteries are recommended if unit is going to be installed in your living space

Standby times

These are based on using 100 AH car or deep cycle batteries in units.

  • 600 watt – provides 10 hour standby and enough energy to watch TV for 2 – 4 hours. Unit can run a fridge/freezer as well as your TV simultaneously. 2 or 3 energy efficient lights can also be run at the same time 
 
  • 800 watt – 10 hour standby is enough to watch TV for up to 4 hours. An 800 watt unit can power a typical fridge/freezer and a chest freezer as well as your TV simultaneously.  A 100 AH battery will power all of those appliances for an hour.
 
  • 1400 watt – 24 volt system ( 2 x 12 Volt Batteries ) – 15 Hour Standby and is enough to watch TV for up to 8 hours, power indoor lights, or if nothing else is on the circuit you can use your normal 1400watt microwave on high for 30 minutes.  You can power your TV, fridge, freezer and garage / gate motor as well as some lights for 2 hours simultaneously with 2 x 100 AH batteries.

Choosing the right UPS system

Finding a UPS system can be a daunting task for even the most knowledgeable IT professional. Here are four things to consider before you make a decision:

 

Choosing a type

While an offline or standby UPS can be affordable and suited for short power cuts, the line-interactive UPS can be a slightly better choice as it switches more quickly from utility to battery power. This can work well for small businesses or homes. An online UPS on the other hand is a wiser pick for big companies that use sensitive equipment, as it can provide uninterrupted, and consistent power without any startup delay in case of a power cut.

 

Power required and overload regulation 

First consider the number of appliances or equipment you will be running on the UPS, before you buy one. This way, you will know the amount of power you will require. Then, you have to choose a UPS that has a 25% higher power capacity than the total power need you calculated. Also, make sure that the UPS has an overload regulation feature or an alarm system that alerts you when the load has to be reduced.

 

Runtime and switch-over 

Always pick a UPS that has a sufficiently long backup runtime, so that you are well-prepared for long or frequent power cuts. It should have long battery life and should be able to be recharged fast. Also, the switch-over to battery mode in case of a power failure should be instant, so that appliances receive continued power supply. This is especially important for sensitive equipment like computers where uninterrupted power supply is essential to avoid rebooting.

 

Size and appearance

The UPS should be compact if you need to fit it into a small home or office. You should be able to install it on the floor too, if needed. Plus, the look should be modern and complement the décor of the space you have in mind. 

Finding the right Pro

Now that you have a better understanding of what can affect the ups cost – it’s time to find the best Pro for the job. Luckily for you – Kandua has hundreds of Pros who can install a UPS. 

 

All you need to do is:

  • Answer some questions about the job
  • Share your contact details so no more than 5 Pros can contact you directly
  • You’ll be contacted with quotes or a request for more info by affordable, experienced and trusted Pros
  • Read their online reviews and make your choice of who to hire

 

Remember, it’s not always about finding the cheapest option, especially with UPS installations. Stick to these tips, and take into account: the entire package, pro reviews, your experience in dealing with them and then, of course, the cost. 

 

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