The iPower is a plug-in DC UPS system. It simply replaces your existing 12Vdc power supply. In the event of a power cut the iPower will maintain power through the internal battery keeping your load running. The transition is seamless with no loss of power (even momentarily).
Suitable for use on any 12V application with a peak demand under 25W. Typical devices include modems, routers, Optical Network Terminals1 (ONTs) CCTV and DC powered control or access panels, with average running current of around 1A (12W).
The unit has one multi-coloured LED indicator and one button and is therefore simple to use. The cold starting capability means even with no mains power present they can be started up to provide DC power2. Simply press and hold the “ON” button for 5 seconds. 2nd Generation models have “ON/OFF” next to the switch whereas earlier models only have “OFF”.
When plugged in, the unit will automagically start up (just like a normal DC power supply) to connect to your system. The green LED will flash slowly when charging, or will be constantly illuminated when fully charged. When unplugged or mains fails, the unit will seamlessly run from battery power and the green LED will flash quickly. There is no audible alarm so the unit can be used in quiet environments. In the event of a fault the LED indicator will be red.
To switch off, unplug the iPower and press the button for 5 seconds, or until the green LED goes out.
The unit is small and compact and replaces the existing “wall-wart” power supply, thereby taking no additional space. Connection to the load is by means of a long 2m lead so the unit doesn’t have to be right next to the load. The DC jack provided will fit into either 2.1mm or 2.5mm jack connections. If this is unsuitable an adapter kit can be purchased separately.
The Lithium battery used is the tried and tested 18650 design, protected from over charge and discharge by the in-built microprocessor. Overload and short circuit protection are also provided, with auto-restart when the overload is removed.
Built in surge suppression removes the need for a separate TVSS device.
The iPower DC UPS System is available to purchase individually from our online store, or available for bulk purchase. Contact us for details.
The iPOWER-H is fitted with a higher capacity 3350mAh 18650 cell for extra runtime. In tests it has been shown to power a typical WiFi router/hub for an hour. This allows communication companies using ONTs to meet the OFCOM3 requirement of ensuring that the end user is able to make and receive phone calls for 60 minutes in the event of a power outage. A typical installation requires two units. One for the ONT and one for the hub.
1 Or Terminators.
2 iPower’s manufactured prior to April 2017 cannot be cold started. They can be identified as they have only “OFF” next to the on/off switch whereas cold starting units have “ON/OFF”.
3 “Providers should have at least one solution available that enables access to emergency organisations for a minimum of one hour in the event of a power outage in the premises.” From Protecting access to emergency organisations when there is a power cut at the customer’s premises Guidance on General Condition A3.2(b)