Best Uninterruptible Power Supplies

Review & Comparison, Last Update April 21, 2020
If you want to keep your home and office electronics in good working condition, choose a reliable uninterruptible power supply (battery backup) to prevent downtime and protect your equipment such as computer, server, TV, router, etc. from voltage fluctuations. To make your choice less tricky, we've compiled five best UPS models in this review. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
UPS TYPE
POWER OUTPUT
RUNTIME (HALF/FULL)
TRANSFER TIME
OUTLET TYPE / NUMBER
RECHARGE TIME
BATTERY BACKUP
POWER SURGE PROTECTION
CONVENIENCES
INTERFACES
Warranty
 
PROS

The device comes complete with two hot-swappable rechargeable lead-acid batteries. In other words, you can make a complete power module exchange and any other potential maintenance without powering down the equipment connected to the UPS.

CONS

The unit might emit an unpleasant smell during the first 24 hours of use.

OUR VERDICT

This sophisticated UPS system boasts a GreenPower UPS™ Bypass Design. Thanks to this feature, when AC power is stable, the utility power bypasses the transformer, which allows cutting down power consumption and heat-up as well as ensures nearly quiet unit operation.

detailed parameters
UPS TYPE

Line Interactive

POWER OUTPUT

1500VA / 1000W

RUNTIME (HALF/FULL)

10 min / 2.5 min

TRANSFER TIME

4 ms

OUTLET TYPE / NUMBER

12 x NEMA 5-15R (6x surge + backup, 6x surge only)

RECHARGE TIME

8 hours

BATTERY BACKUP

2 x sealed lead-acid batteries (hot-swappable)

POWER SURGE PROTECTION

Data line protection: Ethernet
Outlets AC power surge protection

CONVENIENCES

Multifunction LCD, Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR), GreenPower UPS technology

INTERFACES

Ethernet (RJ-45), 2 x USB Ports (1 x USB-A + 1 x USB-C)

Warranty

3 years

PROS

Along with the purchase, you will get a USB cable to connect to your PC and a special PowerChute™ software that will allow you to configure the UPS settings and check various data like CO2 emissions, energy usage/cost rate, history of power events, and more.

CONS

As the outlets are pretty close to each other, it might be rather inconvenient to plug in oversized adapters.

OUR VERDICT

Providing a reliable backup in case of power surges and outages, the APC BX1500M will keep the Wi-Fi active and your smart devices functioning. It is a great choice if you have at least one smart gadget at home.

detailed parameters
UPS TYPE

Line Interactive

POWER OUTPUT

1500VA / 900W

RUNTIME (HALF/FULL)

11 min / 3 min

TRANSFER TIME

8 ms typical, 10 ms maximum

OUTLET TYPE / NUMBER

10x NEMA 5-15R (5x surge + backup, 5x surge only)

RECHARGE TIME

16 hours

BATTERY BACKUP

1 sealed, lead-acid, maintenance-free battery with suspended electrolyte

POWER SURGE PROTECTION

Data line protection: Coaxial, Ethernet
Outlets AC power surge protection

CONVENIENCES

Multifunction LCD, Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR)

INTERFACES

Coaxial, Ethernet (RJ-45), Data Port (USB and Serial)

Warranty

3 years

PROS
This unit allows you to charge your devices via USB during a blackout. The APC UPS keeps a record of failures such as power supply fault and power surge. This portable device provides a long-term battery backup performance.
CONS
This UPS is insufficient for devices with high capacity and power consumption.
OUR VERDICT
The APC BE600M1 is an ultimate solution for effective protection and power backup of your household appliances and electronics that do not require a high power supply.
detailed parameters
UPS TYPE
Standby
POWER OUTPUT
600VА / 330W
RUNTIME (HALF/FULL)
9 min / 4 min
TRANSFER TIME

6 ms typical, 10 ms maximum

OUTLET TYPE / NUMBER
7x NEMA 5-15R (5x surge + backup, 2x surge only), 1.5A USB Charging Port
RECHARGE TIME
10 hours
BATTERY BACKUP
1 sealed, lead-acid, maintenance-free battery with suspended electrolyte
POWER SURGE PROTECTION
Data line protection: RJ45 10/100 Base-T Ethernet
Outlets AC power surge protection
CONVENIENCES
Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR),
Audible alarm,
Automatic self-test
INTERFACES
DSL (RJ–11 connector), Network – 10/100 Base–T Ethernet (RJ–45 connector)
Warranty

3 years

PROS

The remarkable feature of this UPS is its swift battery recharging. The device has numerous outlets. The software is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS. The advanced control and large LCD display also add to this UPS PC's ease of use.

CONS
An audio signal is rather quiet.
OUR VERDICT

The Tripp Lite UPS both supplies a power backup and works for efficient voltage regulation. The device is good for concurrent connection of a PC, several monitors, a TV, and routers.

detailed parameters
UPS TYPE
Line Interactive
POWER OUTPUT
1500VA / 900W
RUNTIME (HALF/FULL)
10 min
TRANSFER TIME
2 ms (AC to battery mode), 6 ms (battery to AC mode)
OUTLET TYPE / NUMBER
10х NEMA 5–15R (5x UPS, 5x surge only)
RECHARGE TIME
< 8 hours
BATTERY BACKUP
24 V, 2 replaceable RBC51 batteries
POWER SURGE PROTECTION
Data line protection: Tel/Network (1 Line), Coaxial (1 Line)
Outlets AC power surge protection
CONVENIENCES
Audible alarm,
Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR),
LCD display
INTERFACES
USB, TEL, DSL, Ethernet, Coaxial cable
Warranty

3 years

PROS

Owing to its convenient design, you can put this UPS system both on vertical and horizontal surfaces. The LCD display shows the current power and battery charge. Outlets are placed on the front panel for easy and quick access.

CONS

It has a shorter off-line working time compared to other UPS models.

OUR VERDICT

This UPS is a great option to use in your office or at home to protect a medium-power desktop computer and other network equipment from power surges. The ECO mode outlets will only be powered when your PC is on, thus allowing you to save energy power too.

detailed parameters
UPS TYPE

Standby

POWER OUTPUT

850VA / 510W

RUNTIME (HALF/FULL)

6 min / 1 min

TRANSFER TIME

4 ms

OUTLET TYPE / NUMBER

12x NEMA 5-15R

RECHARGE TIME

8 hours

BATTERY BACKUP

Sealed Lead-Acid battery (Replaceable by qualified technician)

POWER SURGE PROTECTION

Data line protection: Telephone/network  (1 line), Outlets AC power surge protection

CONVENIENCES

LED indicators, Multifunction LCD, ECO Outlets

INTERFACES

USB, DSL (RJ-11)

Warranty

3 years

Cyberpower CP1500PFCLCD

Quiet, Functional, and Efficient

Best-selling uninterruptible power supplies are both functional and energy-efficient, just like this Cyberpower model we are going to review.

This innovative UPS will not only provide a reliable battery backup in case of a power outage. It will also protect your sensitive electronic equipment from the damaging power spikes and surges. Moreover, the unit's Automatic Voltage Regulation feature will help maintain a safe voltage level without using battery power, thus, prolonging its service life.

To reduce energy consumption, heat buildup, and noise, the unit boasts the patented GreenPower UPS™ bypass design. It means the utility power bypasses the unit's transformer if AC power is stable. So, no wonder that this cost-effective and energy-efficient model is ENERGY STAR® certified.

Featuring a 1500VA / 1000W power output, the model offers 10 minutes at half load and 2.5 minutes at full load, so, you will have enough time to correctly shut down your PC. Besides, distinguished by ultra-quiet operation, the device is a great choice for home and office use.

This line wave UPS will also provide reliable data line protection by preventing power surges that travel through Ethernet lines from damaging your equipment.

Review of Cyberpower CP1500PFCLCD 1500VA PFC Sinewave UPS System

Outlets and USB ports

This model has 12 NEMA 5-15R outlets, with 6 of them for surge protection only and 6 more for surge protection plus battery backup. In addition, you'll find a widely-spaced outlet to avoid larger plugs blocking other outlets. For maximum user's convenience, the appliance is complete with an ergonomic color display featuring a tiltable easy-to-read screen.

To add more to its benefits, this line-interactive UPS features two USB charge ports (type A and type C) to juice up your mobile gadgets. That way, you will stay connected even if a utility power failure occurs.

Cyberpower CP1500PFCLCD 1500VA PFC Sinewave UPS System in the use

PowerPanel Software

Buying this innovative UPS device, you will get a free PowerPanel® Business Software for monitoring the device and backup power; remote management is available too. Along with the UPS system, you will also get a USB A+B type cable, a user manual, and a function setup guide.

All in all, if you are looking for a reliable battery backup that is worth every cent it costs, opt for this Cyberpower UPS system. Designed to give you peace of mind, it will help you save important data, protect your equipment, and even power your mobile gadgets in case of utility power failures.

Detailed review of Cyberpower CP1500PFCLCD 1500VA PFC Sinewave UPS System

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

APC BX1500M

Stay Connected

We are so immersed in a digital world today that staying online has become ever so important. For our work, leisure, for our smart devices to operate, we need the Internet. The problem is, if the power goes out the first thing that fails is a modem or a Wi-Fi router, that is, if they are not connected to a reliable backup supply of course. With the APC BX1500M, however, you won't be left without the Internet if the power goes out. This surge protector will provide you with enough power to finish your work, if you've been working on a computer, and to save all data, giving you confidence that all of your smart gadgets are functioning and stay connected.

Whether you have a SmartHome or you're just looking for a reliable backup for your computer, gaming console, or any other device, the APC BX1500M will do the job. The unit has an impressive power output of 1500VA / 900W. Besides, it has as many as 10 outlets, 5 for surge protection only, and 5 for both surge protection and battery backup. In such a way, it can power and protect up to 10 most crucial devices of yours. The duration of power supply is directly affected by how many units are being connected to the UPS simultaneously and how much power each of them requires. In any case, thanks to the LCD screen on the front of the unit, you will be able to read the estimated run time and try to fit in what you need to do within that time.

Review of APC BX1500M 1500VA Battery Backup & Surge Protector

User-Friendly Interface

Now, let's take a closer look at the display. Thanks to the handy icons it shows, it is easy to monitor the device's performance. For example, if conditioned AC power is supplied to your equipment, you will see a plug in the upper left corner of the screen. To its right, there are icons to display the item's load capacity and its battery charge level. The unit will show the number of events that occurred; special signs will appear when the unit is compensating for low voltage or it is providing a battery backup.

APC BX1500M 1500VA Battery Backup & Surge Protector in the use

Even More Control and Protection

To get an excess to additional data and settings, you can download a PowerChute software; a cable to connect your PC to the unit's USB port is included in the box. On the back panel of the UPS, in addition to the outlets and a USB port, you will find surge-protected In/Out Ethernet and Coaxial ports.

Detailed review of APC BX1500M 1500VA Battery Backup & Surge Protector

At a Push of a Button

Despite being that functional, the appliance is very simple to operate. There are only three buttons on its front panel:

  • A Mute button will allow you to turn the audio alarms on and off.
  • A Power On/Off button will help you activate the unit so that it receives the input AC power; in case the latter is not available, it will use the battery power. If you hold the button for two seconds, the device will not receive the input AC power; it will only provide surge protection.
  • A Display button will help you get the desired information on the UPS performance; it will also allow you to switch the unit to a power-saving mode (in this mode, the LCD will light up when you press the button and darken after 60 seconds).
APC BX1500M 1500VA Battery Backup & Surge Protector application

Additional Info

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APC BE600M1 Back-UPS

UPS Type

The APC BE600M1 is a standby Back-UPS. It will supply a reliable battery backup and implement an effective power surge protection of your desktop computers, wireless networks, gaming consoles, and other electronic equipment. The main function of this standby UPS is to provide your electronics with an efficient AC power surge protection and a reliable power backup in case of destructive power failures or/and voltage fluctuations.

Review of APC BE600M1 Back-UPS 600VA UPS with USB charger

Battery Characteristics

The 600VА/330W power output of this APC UPS will guarantee a high protection of your home or office energy-efficient computer. The wireless operation of this UPS is 4 minutes (at the maximum battery backup load) and 10 minutes (at an average load). You can shut down your PC properly and save all the important information if a power failure occurs. This UPS power supply switches to a battery backup in about 8 ms. The device features a maintenance-free sealed lead-acid battery with a suspended electrolyte, meaning it is leak-proof. It has 10-hour charging time.

APC BE600M1 Back-UPS 600VA UPS with USB charger in the use

Power Surge Protection

This APC back-UPS effectively protects your household electronics and all other devices connected to a data line with a DSL (RJ–11 connector), Network – 10/100, Base–T Ethernet (RJ–45 connector). And this efficient UPS has one more useful option — an automatic battery self-test, that will detect early if the battery needs to be replaced. This feature will help you maximize battery's useful life through accurate charging.

Detailed review of APC BE600M1 Back-UPS 600VA UPS with USB charger

Extras

Using a battery condition test, the APC BE550G provides an early battery failure notification to enable preventive maintenance on time. The device has 7 NEMA 5-15R outlets and USB charging port. Four of them are intended for battery backup and surge protection, to ensure your hardware and data safety during power outages and surges. Four other are surge-only outlets; they protect secondary electronics. This APC UPS has an adjustable voltage sensitivity to assure an excellent performance of this UPS with any power supply, including battery backup. An audible alarm will warn you of changes in a power network and UPS power conditions.

APC BE600M1 Back-UPS 600VA UPS with USB charger application

Additional Info

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VIDEO
APC 550 VA 330 watt UPS BE550G Battery backup surge surpressor. Unboxing

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

When the power blinks out now I don't lose connectivity to either the internet or my DIRECTV which is great. And if it seems like the power outage may be longer you have plenty of time to power down your equipment. Pic is my modem/router and speakers plugged in the APC backup.

Features

As an added bonus, it also has a single USB power port that I can use in a pinch to charge my mobile phone or tablet. This unit fits my needs for a reasonable price.

Power

All together, the equipment draws approximately 45 watts. Very happy with the results as I was expecting an hour and 15 minutes runtime. I had plenty of time to shut down my cloud key to prevent corruption to my network configurations.
 

Tripp Lite 1500LCDT

UPS Type

The Tripp Lite SMART is a line interactive uninterruptible power supply. You can use it to protect the following electronic devices: HDTVs, DVRs, video game consoles, DVD and Blu-ray™ players, stereo and surround sound systems, speakers, streaming media players, home theater systems, PCs, cable and satellite receivers. The energy-efficient UPS features an eco-friendly design to produce less heat and reduce your annual maintenance charges.

Review of Tripp Lite 1500LCDT 1500VA Smart UPS

Battery Characteristics

With its 1500VA/900W capacity, the Tripp Lite SMART1300 UPS is one of the most powerful devices in this class. It assures a 10 minutes power supply to your electronics in case of a sudden power feed cut-off. You will shut down your computer properly and save all the essential data. A switch to the backup supply takes about three milliseconds. The Tripp Lite UPS battery backup has a set of two replaceable batteries with 8 hours of battery charging time.

Tripp Lite 1500LCDT 1500VA Smart UPS in the use

Power Surge Protection

This USP is a wonderful device providing a high-efficiency power surge and burst protection. Besides, the Tripp Lite SMART prevents the disruptive line noise for an effective telephone, coaxial and Ethernet line protection for the devices connected to this USP. In addition, the manufacturer provides a free PowerAlert software for an advanced protection, such as automatic data saving, events notification, devices monitoring. An SNMP supports the centralized management.

Detailed review of Tripp Lite 1500LCDT 1500VA Smart UPS

Extras

A multifunctional LCD display enables an easy access to the detailed UPS settings and power conditions control. You will be able to monitor an input/output voltage and frequency, battery voltage, load/charge level meters, output load percentage and wattage, power, battery, AVR status and battery backup runtime. You can also control your USP using the HID-compliant USB port and your PC's built-in power management features. In case of frequent power surges, the UPS will switch to the battery backup which may cause a power decrease and battery's service life shortening. An automatic voltage regulation will indicate if the input voltage is beyond the limits and correct it without any battery backup. In addition, the Tripp Lite USP provides an efficient filtration of a line noise.

Tripp Lite 1500LCDT 1500VA Smart UPS application

Additional Info

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VIDEO
TRIPP LITE SMART1300LCDT 1300 VA 720 Watts UPS - Product Tour

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

Be aware, that 1500 might look like infinite amounts of energy, as it is the highest single consumer VA rated unit... It will give a powerful computer and monitor about 15-30 minutes of life before shutting them down

Features

I was very impressed with the USB monitoring function. I plugged it into my QNAP TS-231+ and it just worked--no drivers or kernel modules to load. Nice.

Power

I have a 27in. iMac, a gaming PC with a 800W power supply, a second gen Drobo, and an external backup hard drive all plugged into this thing with room to spare. With them all on and running it uses 40-55% of its potential output, so I've got plenty of room to spare on this thing
 

Cyberpower EC850LCD

Energy-Efficient Protection for Your PC

The Cyberpower EC850LCD Ecologic is an innovative standby UPS for PC. It provides both reliable battery backup (with simulated sine wave output) and power surge protection for your electronic equipment. This uninterruptible power supply can give effective protection and power supply to your desktop computers, various networking devices, workstations, home networking, and home entertainment systems.

Moreover, unlike earlier models, the Cyberpower EC850LCD features three outlets with ECO Mode that will allow you not only to protect your computer peripherals but also to save on electricity bills. When your PC is in a sleep mode or off, the appliance will automatically cut off power for all devices connected to three outlets that will significantly reduce power usage in the long run.

Review of Cyberpower EC850LCD 850VA Ecologic UPS System

Reliable Backup

An 850 VA / 510 W capacity is pretty much enough to provide an uninterruptible power supply to several electronic devices. The wireless battery backup will last for 1 minute at the peak load conditions, and 6 minutes at a half load giving you time for a proper shutting down of your computer in case of an AC power failure. This will also help prevent data loss and any damage to your sensitive electronics caused by a sudden shutdown. The CyberPower UPS will switch to a battery backup in 4 ms. A high-quality sealed lead-acid battery needs 8 hours to get fully charged.

Cyberpower EC850LCD 850VA Ecologic UPS System in the use

User-Friendly Software

As an additional bonus, the CyberPower UPS provides a free download of the PowerPanel® software. Featuring a convenient dashboard interface, it will allow you to easily control and monitor your Cyber UPS systems performance. You can check system logging, manage runtime and even make system self-tests.

Detailed review of Cyberpower EC850LCD 850VA Ecologic UPS System

Best UPS for Home Use

As functional as it is, this up-to-date portable CyberPower UPS features an ultra-quiet design minimizing noise during the operation. A multifunction LCD panel displays detailed information on the battery backup and power conditions to alert you in case there's a chance of any potential problems damaging your electronic equipment. An audio beep signal will warn you to timely recharge the battery when it runs flat.

Though compact in size, the UPS has as many as twelve NEMA 5-15R outlets: 6 for surge protection (3 of them are ECO controlled), 6 for surge protection + battery backup.

In a word, if you are looking for an energy-efficient and functional UPS for your home to protect your PC and other electronic equipment, we highly recommend this Cyberpower model.

Cyberpower EC850LCD 850VA Ecologic UPS System application

Additional Info

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What Is an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)?

Most modern houses are stuffed with electrical devices. They all add to our convenience and it is hard to imagine our life without them. However, electronic equipment is very sensitive to an unstable line voltage and power surges. The perfect solution to this issue is an uninterruptible power supply (UPS).

This device has a powerful battery backup to provide your electronics with temporary power supply and save all the important data on your computer if utility power fails. The UPS will secure your gaming PCs, computer monitors, 3D TVs and smart TVs, all-in-one desktops, and many other devices, which will help prolong their service life and prevent unwanted failures. Thus, by purchasing a reliable battery backup for your electronics, you will save not only your money and your time but also your peace of mind.

In our review, we have selected 5 best uninterruptible power supplies available on the market and summed up some useful tips on how to choose a perfect device for your needs.

What Features to Compare

UPS Type

When choosing an uninterruptible power supply, first take a look at the UPS type. Today, there are two main types on the market: standby and line-interactive. The standby UPS is used to feed the plugged electrical appliances or recharge a flat battery (when the line voltage is satisfactory). During voltage interruptions or deviations, the device assures a battery backup. As for the line-interactive UPSs, they have an additional voltage stabilization function. This means that in the case of voltage fluctuations the UPS stabilizes a voltage using a transformer without any battery backup. If it is impossible to stabilize the voltage deviations during a power failure, the line-interactive UPS switches to a battery power supply in 3-4 milliseconds.

Battery

The next thing you should keep in mind when choosing a UPS is battery characteristics. Firstly, consider the battery capacity measured in volt-amperes (VA) or Watts (W). Secondly, the UPS should have a 20% to 30% higher capacity than that of the electronics to be plugged in. To select an appliance with the appropriate power supply, you should calculate the average amount of energy that is required to feed all the appliances you are going to connect to an uninterruptable power supply. For example, a 350-500 VA capacity would suffice for an LCD monitor or a regular PC. UPSs that use batteries with a 500-1000 VA capacity will feed gaming computers and high-power computers with two monitors. Uninterruptible power supplies with a capacity higher than 1000 VA will let you protect additional peripheral units. Another important characteristic is UPS wireless productivity. A standard UPS in household use provides up to 15 minutes of working time under peak load conditions. This time is quite enough to save all your data and shut down your computer properly. Uninterruptible power supplies with reliable lead-acid batteries have a rather short recharge time, about 8 hours.

Power Surge Protection

One more important point in choosing a UPS is its power surge protection. In addition to a no-break power supply, modern devices provide efficient data line protection - for example, a telephone, computer network, etc. Each interface has input and output connectors and between them, there is a filter correcting high-voltage interferences. You can connect a router to a USP via a network cable. Most modern uninterruptible power supplies support data transmission to your computer through a USB or a COM port. Thus, a UPS provides information on the battery backup condition and charging as well as on the network performance; informs you if the UPS turns to a wireless power supply; properly shuts down the PC while you're away; saves all the open app data in case of a power surge or fault. You can monitor and adjust the device performance from your computer. UPS manufacturers usually supply special software to enable this option.

Extras

The last important tip for selecting a UPS is to look through its extras. Contemporary devices have displays for monitoring UPS performance. As for the low-budget uninterruptible power supplies, LED indicators usually inform you about the device operation. Sophisticated models feature an LCD display with the detailed information on a USP condition and its performance, as well as an audible alarm. A quick UPS power battery replacement will add to your device's convenience. As a rule, the battery serves for 2–4 years depending on how often the battery backup is required. A replaceable device battery will prolong your UPS service life for at least 2 years. Usually, UPSs have both surge and battery backup outlets. You can use the former for appliances that need surge protection only. They will not affect battery backup power, which will extend the battery's useful life; the devices with more outlets of this kind are preferable.

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