Port Elizabeth, SA
Atlas Supplementary Power Supply
Eskom’s implementation of load-shedding and recent blackouts due to infrastructure breakdowns, bring an unexpected challenge to maintaining alarm systems. All alarm systems are equipped with batteries to carry them through power failures of up to 4 hours (depends on the amount of equipment connected to the panel). Under normal circumstances, the panel will then recharge the battery over the next 10 – 12 hours and the system would then be ready for the next power outage.
However, when Eskom implements load-shedding level 2 or 3, the battery does not get enough time to fully recharge. After a few days of these breaks, the battery struggles to cope and eventually it will not be able to carry your alarm system during load shedding. This is not a desirable position for yourselves or for Atlas Security.
Atlas Security embarked on an exercise to develop a battery system that could cope better with the load-shedding scenario. We are excited to inform you that we have been able to develop (together with a local technology company) a Supplementary Power Supply that will ease the load on the alarm battery and ensure that your alarm stays operational during load-shedding and also extend the life of your alarm battery.
The Atlas Supplementary Power Supply incorporates an intelligent charging circuit that will ensure that the battery is optimally charged after a power failure. The charger will go into a fast charge mode (within the battery manufacturers’ specifications) to boost the charge and replenish the battery as fast as possible without stressing the battery. This will allow 80% of the charge to be replenished within a 4 hour period as opposed to the normal alarm charger which will take 16 hours to do. Once the battery is fully charged, the intelligent charger will go into a “float” charge mode which will ensure that the battery is not overcharged and is kept at ideal standby voltage levels.
The Supplementary Power Supply can be retrofitted to most alarm systems and will require installation by a qualified Atlas Technician to ensure conformity to high standards