With workplaces increasingly reliant on power hungry equipment, most businesses understand the importance of backup power systems. Interruptions in power supplies can cause lost productivity, damage equipment, have a huge impact on revenue and, in some cases, even risk life. While backup power systems can mitigate that risk, it is vital that they are properly maintained and tested. Joann Price, Hire Manager at Crestchic Loadbanks, shares some key things to consider when specifying and renting a load bank.

What is a load bank and why might I need one?

Where businesses rely on power to remain operational, having backup power such as a generator is crucial. Wherever there is standby power, there is also a need for a load bank – a device which is used to create an electrical load which imitates the operational or ‘real’ load that a generator would use in normal operational conditions. In short, the load bank is used to test, support, or protect a critical backup power source and ensure that it is fit for purpose in the event that it is called upon.

Should I hire or buy?

When looking at specifying a load bank, the first decision is whether to hire or buy the equipment. Consider how many generators you have on-site and how regularly you’ll need to test them. In applications such as data centers or hospitals, where power is absolutely critical, buying a load bank might be the best solution. However, for those who need to run testing at set intervals, or smaller businesses that have neither the space or the technical expertise on-site, rental can provide an ideal solution.

Generally speaking, load bank rental companies will have the expertise to help specify, transport, install and remove the machines. You’ll benefit from the experience and knowledge of their technicians and have access to a fleet of equipment which ensures that you have the right equipment for the job, all without the capital expenditure.

Tomorrow’s focus: What type of load bank do you need?