Smaller and lighter mini-tower UPS that matches larger towers in power output. Included software helps monitor battery and can be configured to shut down a PC during a power outage. Automatic voltage regulation protects from minor power blips.
User must connect the battery on a new unit, so it’s not ready to go out of the box.
Provides at least 30 minutes of backup power to electronics. Includes silent mode to prevent annoying alert beeps. Includes software for more precise UPS control.
Battery performance may degrade significantly after the first 12 to 18 months.
12 outlets populate this mini-tower UPS, with 6 benefiting from battery backup – enough to protect almost all home office electronics. Includes automatic voltage regulation, helping extend the life of the battery. Software available to monitor and control the UPS. Battery life is impressive, powering longer than rated at half-load.
Ethernet ports are somewhat loose and can sink too far into the UPS body to use effectively.
A squarish mini-tower unit that offers 10 total outlets (5 on battery backup). When running a generator, the unit handles the power feed without an issue, conditioning power output to multiple electronics.
Plastic parts on casing can break easily, so be careful when moving the unit.
Great power output for a desktop UPS. A bright LCD panel is a standout feature at this price point. Includes software to monitor and control UPS, and shut down computer automatically during power failure.
Battery life is widely variable, with most lasting through the entire 3-year warranty period and others failing earlier.
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An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) provides a steady electrical current to electronics or electrical equipment in the event of a power failure thanks to an onboard rechargeable battery. It also provides a limited amount of protection against power surges that can fatally damage electronics. And with multiple outlets, a UPS can power several devices at once. As great as this sounds, the UPS isn’t infallible. Plugging in too many appliances or electronics and using a UPS that isn’t rated to handle high-power devices can damage the UPS over time so that it doesn’t work correctly when an emergency strikes and the power goes out.