UPS Devices

This procedure refers to control of restricted materials known as Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS).

This procedure refers to control of restricted materials known as Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS).


  • UPS sizes are based on the amount of power consumed by the attached equipment.  If you need some assistance, APC publishes a free estimating tool.
  • If your building is on a dedicated generator, a small UPS (less than 6kVa) is recommended as it may take up to 15 minutes for generator to start and provide full building power. 

Devices less than 6kVa in capacity:

  • Typically used for single office electronics (computer, monitor, printer, etc).
  • Most brands are acceptable with APC as the predominant user preference.
  • These devices can be purchased from the University computer hardware and peripherals provider(s).
  • Device batteries should contain either gel or 100% encapsulated lead acid.
  • Though the device life expectancy depends on many factors, the University recommends replacing the device at least every 3 years.
  • Old devices cannot be thrown in the trash.  They qualify under state law as "universal waste" and require specific disposal procedures.  Please complete a work order request for electronic recycling.  At this time, the disposal is at no charge to the department.

Devices greater than 6kVa in capacity:

  • These devices are typically used for mission critical equipment such as servers, telecommunications, and scientific/medical equipment.
  • As electrical, mechanical, space, maintenance, and replacement must be addressed prior to selecting the device, please complete a work order request form requesting to purchase a UPS. 
  • We advise beginning the discussion at least 8 weeks prior to your anticipated delivery requirement.
  • Depending on the environment, additional costs such as an electrician, may be required and are the responsibility of the requesting department.
  • The University is working on a manufacturer standardization.  More information to follow.