We’ve all fallen victim to unexpected power outages. Just like that, hours of work disappears in the blink of an eye. It’s frustrating and stressful — but it’s also preventable.
An uninterruptible power supply, or UPS, keeps your computer and other electronics up and running, even when there’s a blackout in your neighborhood. The backup battery allows you to finish your projects, save progress and close down programs safely.
There are a number of UPSs available, but which is the right one for you? Here are five smart UPS buys to choose from.
Promising review: "I cannot tell you how much money I have saved on replacement batteries, fried electronics, poorer battery life as a subsequent effect of fluctuating power, and blown fuses. I have bought FOUR of these. Yes, four.
This UPS offers 12 outlets so you can charge your laptop while your spouse charges their phone and the kids charge their tablets. There are six protected outlets for gadgets and six surge-protected outlets for tech that requires a constant power supply.
Promising review: "Great little UPS. Using it to back up my network. My setup draws a 10% load as reported by the UPS's software. At this load, it will last about an hour which is more than enough to do a graceful shutdown of the sever and network equipment."
Promising review: I install it as soon as it came, I live in Florida and every hurricane season we have some heavy rain with wind that cause power flickers and even full outages ... I connected my cable modem, internet modem and the cable box so I don't lose internet every time this happens. Thanks Amazon.
Promising review: "I needed something to hook my cable modem, router and switch up to so that when the power cuts out for a few minutes, here and there, I don't wind up losing internet connectivity in the house ... This worked perfectly for that. It has already served the exact purpose I bought it for on two separate occasions. Very happy with this item."
Promising review: "I have had [this for] about six months and have experienced four power failures [with a d]uration from 1-6 hours. I have my most critical components attached ... Haven't missed a beat. Really happy with this unit."
Promising review: I have had [this for] about six months and have experienced 4 power failures [with a d]uration from 1-6 hours. I have my most critical components attached ... Haven't missed a beat. Really happy with this unit.
Promising review: "This smart battery backup has served our office well. We are used to power outages from time to time and the APC product keeps us from having anxiety about servers going down. This battery backup holds enough charge to keep a server up for a few hours. Very durable and we will continue to buy them as needed."