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What is Load Shedding? Extend Your UPS Battery Life

Load shedding in a power protection infrastructure in short is purposefully reducing the total load placed placed on a device or network.

Load Shedding with a UPS Unit

So what does load shedding mean when it comes to your uninterruptible power supply? When you have a UPS system installed, you are able to prioritise which loads power down and the order the load’s power down in what sequence when you encounter a mains power cut.

Why Would You Load Shed?

Why would you have a load shedding protocol put in place as a power protection strategy? Utilising a load shedding protocol helps you maximise your UPS battery runtime. This power continuity strategy is called a priority based shutdown. If you need help getting the most out of your UPS unit and assistance in developing your power continuity strategy, contact us now.

Priority Based Shutdown Strategy

Priority based shutdown enables you to keep the most critical systems backed up by the UPS unit for the longest runtime. You can start incorporating this strategy by categorising all of your equipment that is being protected by your battery backup power supply into categories, for example: CAT A, CAT B and CAT C. Continuing this example, you then would want the longest run time for CAT A, and a shorter runtime for CAT b and an even shorter runtime for CAT C. During an outage, your devices power down according to the category sequence you decided, then your load reduces on the UPS. This will increase the available battery runtime for the remaining equipment. This process can seem confusing and difficult, which is why we are here to help. Do not hesitate to reach out to us today, we help businesses get the most out of their UPS systems every day.