Sep 21 2022

Product Review: New Rack-Mountable Eaton UPS Powers Up K–12 Schools

Eaton’s 9PX uninterruptible power supply provides emergency backup and keeps schools safe from disruptions and blackouts.

Battery backup systems have come a long way from the clunky devices once used to protect individual computers. Today, they are networkable, rack-mountable, easy to manage and can even convert dirty power into a clean sine wave that can extend the life of valuable equipment. And yes, they still provide power in the event of an outage.

The Eaton 9PX uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is a perfect example of this new generation of battery backup devices designed to easily integrate into almost any network. And because it’s as easy to manage multiple units as a single device, it’s great for places like schools that may not have many IT staffers.

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The Eaton 9PX UPS Gives IT Teams Time to Protect Equipment

Designed to be stacked in a server rack, each Eaton 9PX UPS takes up two units of space. When mounting multiple devices, power management software makes it easy to balance the load across every UPS for maximum efficiency. The devices also have large LED panels for local status updates and network cards for setting up remote monitoring.

The 1,350-watt UPS has eight plugs for connecting equipment. At a full load, the device is rated to provide power for up to five minutes, or 14 minutes at half a load. In my testing, it exceeded that rating by just a bit, giving administrators plenty of time to safely shut down connected servers and other equipment. You can also configure automatic shutdown procedures that trigger whenever the main power is lost.

RELATED: K–12 districts are using internet failover solutions to stay connected.

Eaton’s Double Conversion Technology Extends Battery Life

Double conversion technology is used to regulate power, ensuring that only clean power is delivered to connected devices. Not only does this protect them from surges, it can also help extend their life by providing an optimum and constant power source.

Eaton 9PX UPS specs

 

Another innovation from Eaton is its ABM charging technology, which is designed to extend battery life. Instead of using a trickle charge that really taxes batteries, Eaton UPS units make use of a technique that uses three stages. According to Eaton, this can extend the life of a UPS for up to 30 months, effectively doubling normal battery life so schools spend less money on replacements.

The Eaton 9PX UPS also comes with a network card and management software, allowing IT administrators to watch over the power management for an entire district or school system from a central location.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Device Type: Rack-mountable intelligent UPS
Batteries: Sealed lead-acid
Power Provided: 1,350 watts
Output Plugs: 8
Estimated Runtime: 5 minutes at full load, 14 minutes at half load
Dimensions: 17.3 inches x 17.7 inches; 3.4 inches tall
Weight: 42.55 pounds

LEARN MORE: Read about meeting K–12 schools’ power needs at the edge.

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