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What Form of Power Protection Should you Use with your Phone System?

November 15, 2011

By Carrie Majewski (née Schmelkin) - Director of Content Marketing, Content Boost

Whether you have a small, medium, or large business phone system, it is still paramount to have in place suitable power protection technologies. Fortunately, Minuteman UPS/Para Systems (News - Alert), a leading provider of power protection products, has your back when it comes to figuring out how to best safeguard your telephone systems.


Minuteman offers a wide range of uninterruptible power supplies which will protect telephone systems from all power problems,” Duston Nixon, marketing communications specialist at Minuteman, told TMCnet. “These systems should be selected based on several factors, the foremost of those being the size of the electrical load and the runtime required.”

Small (up to 150 users)

If your business has a small phone system, like the Allworx 24X system, Minuteman suggests using its Entrust (News - Alert) ETR1500 UPS for power protection. The Allworx 24X system, which represents a typical small business phone system, is capable of handling up to 150 users and can operate as VoIP or traditional PBX (News - Alert).

When selecting power protection for this type of a system, the first step is to find the rated electrical load of the device, which is 21 watts in this case. (This information can typically be found in product literature and on the manufacturers’ websites.)

“For the Allworx (News - Alert) system, Minuteman’s Entrust ETR1500 UPS is a perfect and extremely economical solution,” Nixon said. “This unit offers line-interactive topology, which means it utilizes an automatic voltage regulator to normalize power problems rather than the battery, allowing for both longer runtimes during blackouts and longer battery life overall. This 1500VA unit will provide the Allworx 24X with a phenomenal 295 minutes estimated runtime – an ideal solution for small businesses facing tight budget constraints.”

Medium (up to 600 users)

For those companies using a medium-sized system, like the Mitel SX-200 for example, Minuteman’s PRO1500RT might be the best way to go.

Since the VoIP platform can support up to 600 users and has a rated electrical load of 300 watts, the Mitel (News - Alert) SX-200 is the “perfect candidate” for Minuteman’s PRO1500RT.

“The PRO-RT is a value-priced, feature-rich rack/tower system which offers an LCD status display, automatic voltage regulation, and optional SNMP communications,” Nixon said. “The PRO1500RT can sustain the Mitel SX-200 communications system for an estimated 54 minutes.”

Large (1,000+ users)

For enterprise-wide communications systems, such as Mitel’s AXXess platform, Minuteman’s EnterprisePlus UPS series may be the perfect match. To match the expandability of the AXXess system, these UPSs can be expanded with external battery packs as more capacity is required.

With Minuteman’s EnterprisePlus UPS, attached equipment receives an optimum electrical signal at all times.

“In addition, external battery packs can be added for virtually unlimited runtime, and expansion in the future,” Nixon said. “For this example, two AXXess cabinets have a 925 watt rated load; an E1000RM2U 1000VA UPS combined with a single EBP36XL battery pack can provide 42.9 minutes of runtime. This system will allow plenty of time for transfer to backup generators, and makes for a fail-safe solution for large companies.”

So what’s some overarching advice from Nixon about buying the right power protection product?

“Whether your system supports five users or 5,000, Minuteman’s SizeMyUPS.com will take all the guesswork out of building a proper power protection system for your company,” he said. “Integrators and users alike can choose from an extensive database of equipment, and then select from a comprehensive list of solutions after answering a few questions regarding their desired configuration. It’s truly a one-stop destination for building a complete protection system.”


Carrie Schmelkin is a Web Editor for TMCnet. Previously, she worked as Assistant Editor at the New Canaan Advertiser, a 102-year-old weekly newspaper, covering news and enhancing the publication's social media initiatives. Carrie holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in English from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf