Maximizing Your Lift's Performance: Factors That Determine Your Power Source

Reliable performance is foremost for any lift installed within a home or business, but how do you know which power source will suit your lift?

In this blog post, we’ll explore the factors determining your power source, compare single-phase and three-phase power, and provide valuable insights to help you make an informed decision. So, buckle up as we delve into power sources and lift performance!

Which Power Source do you need for Your Lift?

When choosing an elevator for your home or commercial project, you will require one of two power source types, either a 240V single-phase or a 415V three-phase connection.

A single-phase power connection will typically work for lifts with smaller load capacities – usually under 400kgs. These elevator types are generally the more cost-effective models that use a swing door entry. They do not require additional equipment, such as transformers to run, making them easier to install and maintain.

However, dependent upon other factors with your lift, such as needing a lift car with a 400kg+ capacity or opting for automatic sliding doors for a home lift, will require the availability of a three-phase power supply due to the increased electrical draw that will be used by the elevator.

Three-phase power supplies are also required by law for all commercial elevators, irrespective of the number of levels, site location or the application itself.

No matter what type of lift you use, whether a home or commercial lift, accessing the correct power source is a key factor to consider when planning your project. Using the correct power source ensures that your lift will reliably operate safely and efficiently for years. Let’s recap on the aspects so far:

Single-Phase vs. Three-Phase Power: What's the difference?

Before we dive into the pros and cons of both power types, let’s quickly understand their key differences:

Pros and Cons of Single-Phase vs. Three-Phase Power

Things to consider for a home elevator from a power source perspective, let’s weigh the pros and cons of each:

Our Lifts' Power Options for Residential and Commercial Solutions

At Shotton Lifts, we understand that every home is unique and every lift installation requires a tailored approach to meet the homeowner’s specific needs. That’s why we offer residential lifts with both single-phase and 3-phase power sources. With a 3 Phase requirement of 25 Amps and a Single-Phase requirement of 32 Amps, our lifts can accommodate a variety of power configurations.

Our lifts are designed to be versatile and provide efficient and reliable transportation, regardless of the chosen power type. Whether you have a small, single-floor apartment or a multi-story house, we can help you determine the appropriate power source for your lift. Our team of experts will work with you to ensure that your lift’s power specifications adhere to your building’s electrical infrastructure and specific requirements. With attention to every detail, you can expect a quality lift installation that offers safe, easy, and reliable access to all levels of your home.

Shotton Lifts exclusively uses 3-phase power sources for commercial lifts in Australia due to their higher capacity, reliability and requirement by law. Our lifts require a 25 Amp connection, complying with strict safety regulations to ensure the safety and comfort of users during peak traffic times. 3-phase power systems offer balanced and stable power delivery, making them the preferred choice for lifts across various models.

In Conclusion

When deciding between a single-phase or 3-phase power source residential lift, it’s essential to consider influences such as the number of occupants using the lift daily and at anyone time, the overall weight of items or equipment intended to be carried, the size of the property and what your longer term usage might be.

If you live in a small home or require the elevator for fewer people, then a Single-Phase power source lift would suit your requirements. 3-Phase power sources, on the other hand, are ideal for larger homes and multi-storey buildings to ensure efficient performance and durability.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about our lift installation services or schedule a consultation with our team today.