PowerNews: Underground Fire Leads to Extended Power Outage

South Bend Power Outage Due to Underground Fire Leaves Businesses Scrambling Downtown South Bend, Indiana faced a rather unusual power outage this past weekend when a fire ripped through underground passages, eventually damaging power delivery lines for more than 800 customers. Problems began Friday evening, and officials estimated that repairs could last into Sunday evening. What was…

In-Depth: New ERS1500RTNC Ruggedized UPS

Reliable backup for extreme temperature and humidity environments from Minuteman Minuteman’s new ERS1500RTNC ruggedized UPS break the mould on power protection for extreme environments – a massive investment is no longer a requirement to protect transportation equipment and other devices located in extreme environments. The ERS provides Automatic Voltage Regulation and 1500VA capacity that is high temperature…

PowerNews: Power Outage ‘Hiccup’ Briefly Halts Summer Fun

Rides at Canobie Lake Amusement Park grind to a halt as power fails Summer fun for many families means cotton candy, midway games, and of course, roller coasters. Guests at Salem, New Hampshire’s Canobie Lake Park recently got a surprise when a power outage occurred, leaving them stranded on several of the park’s attractions. Backup generators kicked…

In-depth: Line Interactive vs Online UPSs

Line Interactive vs Online UPS: Which system is right for you? In one of our Newbie’s Nook segments, we briefly touched on the differences between the three types of single-phase UPSs: standby, line interactive, and online. That post focused on basics of each device handling a power issue; this post is focused, specifically, on the differences between line interactive…

UPS Warranty: Navigating the Maze

Decoding the sometimes treacherous world of UPS warranty plans As we’ve discussed in our Newbie’s Nook posts, a UPS is essential in protecting valuable equipment and businesses from downtime and power problems. But what’s protecting the UPS? That’s where our lengthy, non-prorated standard and extended warranty plans come into play. Much like insurance or airbags, most…

PowerNews: Raccoons Wreak Havoc in Indiana Substation

Furry animals surpass countermeasures to bring down power We’ve talked before about the wide range of things that can cause a power outage. One of the least predictable is wildlife, with outages being caused by snakes, rats, and even owls in the past. Officials in Richmond, Indiana recently learned that even the best countermeasures can be outsmarted when a pair…