Choosing the Right Type of Rack Mount Power Strip

by Allison Goss, Marketing Specialist 16. March 2012 10:58

Sometimes it can be confusing to choose the right power strip for your needs without knowing the key differences between each category. This helpful guide will walk you through each tier of power strip as they build upon each other. The standard features listed in our guide were chosen from API's Power product line and reflect the industry standards that can be found from most power strip manufacturers.

Basic power strips are non-intelligent power distribution units that come in a variety of power levels (rated KVA). Numerous configurations and available options include: over current protection, surge suppression, mounting, input plugs, outlets, orientation, and more. Available input voltages include single, split, and three phase, with a variety of max input current ratings up to 63 amps. To see examples of basic power strics, click here.

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Metered power strips have a digital power meter on each unit with an LED display of voltage, amps, active power (watts), and power factor. The LED displays are viewable up to 15 feet away from the unit. A metered power strip provides the peace of mind and safety that comes with efficient distribution of power for safe equipment installation. To see examples of metered power strips, click here.

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Monitored power strips communicate remotely via LAN and/or USB and locally with a digital power meter. Some standard features include: user-selectable display modes (continuous, auto cycling, or fixed reading); Telnet, SNMP, and Web protocols; True-RMS readings of complex voltage and current waveforms; Monitoring of power factor, amps, and voltage; and more. To see examples of monitored power strips, click here.

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Sequenced power strips can control system components with time-delay sequence. This will minimize risk for tripped breakers and spikes in voltage. Also, user can lockout receptacles that are not needed and prevent unauthorized loads from being added that may inadvertently exceed permitted load from the PDU. Individual outlets can be turned on/off, and named. Outlet indicators will display the state of the outlet, and alarms can be set to alert over/under voltage and over/under current.  To see examples of sequenced power distribution, click here.


Power Tools and Calculators

NEMA AC Input and Output Connector Styles….. Are You Confused?

by Jennifer, Inside Sales Associate 6. July 2011 08:35

If you find yourself confused about what NEMA AC input and output connector styles exist, you’re not alone.  It can truly be confusing to the untrained eye.

Different types of AC input and output connectors are designed to address various wiring systems. Each unique design also aids in the area of safety, as only the appropriate plug will fit into the proper receptacle. For example, the 5-20R outlet is capable of accepting the 5-20P as well as the 5-15P. However, the 5-20P will not connect to a 5-15R. A quick reference guide is provided below to serve as a helpful tool in clearing up some of that confusion.

**Fields highlighted in yellow are 3Ø∆; Fields highlighted in green are 3ØY

Three Phase Load Calculator

by BlogAdmin 22. June 2011 10:45

Let's face it, load calculation can be a demanding task. Let API Power & Systems Solutions do the work for you but utilizing our Three Phase Load Calculator. Simply select your input voltage, enter load values, and voilá the tool instantly calculates Total Power and Line Current.

Go ahead and give it a try! SPMS_load_calculator.xls (788.50 kb)

Custom Design Rack Mount Power and PDUs - SPMS Strives to Make Life Easier One Design at a Time

by BlogAdmin 18. May 2011 09:18

As experience demonstrates, not all off-the-shelf solutions are created the same.  A growing number of military, industrial, and federal IT applications now necessitate the need for precise power requirements that are not always easy to come by.

For this reason, API Power & Systems Solutions has created an interactive series of "Design Your Own Tools," aimed to make the custom design process easy and enjoyable for all users, and ensure their unique needs are met without the headache and confusion of intense product search.

The  "Design Your Own Rack Mount Power Strip," and "Design Your Own Three Phase PDU," tools were introduced to the SPMS website earlier this year and offer a quick, interactive menu of options allowing the user to select his or her preferences in a number of categories or enter a unique parameter. The tool offers helpful charts and visuals to enhance the process as it moves along, and upon completion, generates a full information table outlining the needs of the user. The table can then be printed and shared or submitted to an SPMS representative who will contact the user to initiate the design process.

SPMS is committed to customer fulfillment and strives to make their client's interactions as simple and satisfying as possible. Please contact an SPMS representative with any questions.

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