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CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD Mini Tower

  • 12 outlets, 6 of which are linked to the back-up battery as well as to the surge protection
  • AVR buffering with power panel management software
  • Multifunction color LCD display with up to 17 degrees of tilt for easy reading

the CyberPower CP1500 has a load capacity of 1000 watts as well as 12 outlets. Among these outlets, 6 are reserved for the backup battery with surge protection and the other 6 are only for the surge protection. This allows you to ensure that essential devices are powered in the event of an outage, without having to worry about wasting runtime powering non-essential devices.

The CyberPower CP1500 is a multifunction color LCD panel with the option of tiling up to 17 degrees. This makes it easier to read if you want to keep the tower low or in an area that’s hard to reach. This UPS also comes with CyberPower’s Power Panel Management software which you can connect to a PC to help you manage the system at a glance.

Amazon’s concerted drive to make its presence known in the consumer electronics market includes a wide range of devices designed to meet various needs. the Amazon Basics Standby has a load capacity of 450 watts which is more suitable for homes and individual workstations.

Yet it still has 12 impressive outlets with six connected directly to the backup battery and the remaining 6 are only connected to an internal surge protector. Technically, it doesn’t have a traditional AVR, but the backup battery outlets help protect connected devices against power anomalies from the network. If desired, free downloadable power management software is available and you can connect to the inverter through a USB port.

the BXterra 3000VA Inverter SP3000LCDRT2U Smart Sine Wave Inverter has been designed to support small to medium sized server rooms or large offices. It has a load capacity of 27,000 watts and 6 NEMA 5-20R as well as a NEMA 5-30R outlet, it has rugged specifications to support small to medium sized server rooms.

This inverter has a pure sine wave line interactive topology as well as an AVR (Automatic Voltage Regulation) to help protect connected devices against anomalies that can occur during a brownout or surge. It is also Energy Star certified. The batteries are hot swappable. So, if you buy extra replacement batteries, you can swap them in for extra runtime in the event of a power outage that occurs when you’re in the middle of a complicated process.

The bXterra 3000VA SP3000LCDRT2U inverter also comes with special “Power Frame” software that includes remote access functions. This means that you can still access the system in the event of a power failure when you or your IT staff are away from the facility.

How we chose

Nowadays, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your essential appliances and electronics receive constant power. While a complete power outage is certainly a cause for concern, even a momentary drop or power surge can still damage electronics and lead to loss of critical data.

Connecting your computer and other essential electronic components to an uninterrupted power supply with built-in surge protection is a relatively inexpensive way to preserve high-value electronic components. More commonly known as UPS, these sophisticated devices pay for themselves with peace of mind.

Of course, there are a few things that go into finding the best uninterruptible power supply for your home or office. Throughout the review process, we’ve tried to keep our eyes peeled for key features and thoughtful engineering.

Power capacity

Most of the best UPS systems use watts as the unit of measurement. To determine the capacity you need, you will need to check the wattage rating of each device you want to connect. You can find it in the owner’s manual or stamped on the back or bottom.

For our review process, we tried to target UPS systems that had a load capacity of at least 800 watts. This should be enough for you to safely shut down a typical home or small office during a power outage. However, we’ve made sure to include a few low-wattage models that you might want to put in a child’s room. Some units are designed to handle more than just an office, with the power requirements and sophisticated software to support a server room or similar computing environment.

APR

Automatic voltage regulation is increasingly popular to protect today’s sophisticated but often sensitive electronic devices. A brownout or surge that manages to pass from the external power grid to a connected laptop or server can cause serious damage as well as potential data loss.

AVR essentially acts as a buffer against these problems. We have tried looking for it, or something similar in the UPS systems we have reviewed.

Connectivity and management software

Many of the best UPS systems on the market today have some type of management software. This allows you to check the status of your system at a glance or make any necessary changes. Remote access through a cloud-enabled system was also something we tried to monitor when it came to units with a higher price tag.

APC 1500VA BR1500G Battery Backup & Surge Protection

APC 1500VA BR1500G UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protectorge Protector

Specifications:

  • 865 watts
  • 10 outlets (5 are surge protection only)
  • APR
  • Data line surge protection
  • Hot-swappable, user-replaceable batteries
  • PowerChute software with power management features
  • Auto shutdown software
  • 3 year warranty

The APC BR1500 G was designed to withstand up to 865 watts and was designed with AVR. It has a total of 10 outlets, but only five of them are directly connected to the backup battery and surge protector. The other 5 are just surge protection outlets. This allows you to connect your essential electronic devices without worrying about non-essential devices draining energy. It also has data line surge protection ports on the back.

APC 1500VA BR1500G return

The batteries are “user replaceable” which means you can replace them yourself without worrying about voiding the 3 year warranty included with the purchase.

APC 1500VA BR1500G UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector

They’re hot-swappable as well, which means you can swap out old batteries for replacements without interrupting the flow of power to your critical electronic components.

APC 1500VA BR1500G UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector

An LCD screen allows you to monitor the status of the system. The APC BR1500 G comes with automatic shutdown software as well as “PowerChute” power management features that can be linked to a laptop computer.

What we liked

The fact that you can replace hot-swappable batteries yourself without voiding the 150,000 3-year warranty coverage is a definite feather in the ceiling of the APC BR1500 G.
Although you have to buy the replacement batteries separately.

Global

It is a great UPS for a professional or home office, although it can also play an important role in protecting a home theater system.

Tripp Lite SMART1500LCDT 1500VA 900W UPS backup battery

Tripp Lite SMART1500LCDT

Specifications:

  • 900 watts
  • 10 outlets (5 with battery backup and surge protection)
  • APR
  • TEL / DSL / Ethernet protection
  • 3-year warranty with insurance of $ 250,000
  • Management software
  • LCD Status Display Screen
  • USB ports for connecting to a PC
  • Sinusoidal output

The Tripp Lite SMART1500LCDT was designed to support a professional or home office, with up to 10 outlets. Five of them are connected to the internal 900-watt backup battery with surge protection, while the other five are connected only to the surge protector. Tripp Lite notes that this system can power an average PC with a runtime of up to 90 minutes.

Tripp Lite SMART1500LCDT 1500VA 900W UPS Backup battery

With TEL / DSL / Ethernet protection, it allows you to connect essential peripherals like router, computer tower, desktop monitor and printer during power failure. It also comes with AVR to help protect the system from power surges and brownouts.

Tripp Lite SMART1500LCDT return

The Tripp Lite SMART1500LCDT also has integrated management software. You can control it with the LCD status display screen or if you prefer, there are USB ports which allow you advanced control by connecting to PC.

What we liked

The three-year warranty itself is on par with industry standards, however, the $ 250,000 insurance coverage is above average. You should also not neglect the sine wave output which reduces the risk of damage to some AC motor devices like a refrigerator or microwave.

Global

The 900 watt capacity, AVR and warranty coverage tick all the necessary boxes to make the Tripp Lite SMART1500LCDT one of the best UPS systems on the market. If there is one area where this may be lacking, it is that the batteries are not hot-swappable. This means that you really only have the load you need to store data or operate your entertainment equipment.

CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD Mini Tower

CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD Mini Tower

Specifications:

  • 1000 watt capacity
  • 12 outlets including 6 surges only
  • APR
  • Multifunction color LCD with tilt
  • Power panel management software
  • 3 year warranty with $ 500,000 insurance coverage
  • Power panel management software with two USB ports

The CyberPower CP1500 has been carefully designed to be easy to use. With a capacity of 1000 watts and 12 outlets, 6 of which are reserved for surge protection only, it allows you to power several essential devices.

CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD Mini Tower

It also has an AVR or automatic voltage regulation, which helps protect devices against unplanned brownouts and surges.

CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD Mini-tower

There is a multi-function color LCD panel that tilts up to 17 degrees. It also features CyberPower’s Power Panel Management software which you can control via the display, or you can connect a PC via one of the two USB ports.

CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD Mini Tower

The CyberPower CP1500 comes with a standard three-year warranty as well as an impressive $ 500,000 insurance for connected devices.

What we liked

On paper, the 17-degree tilt of the color LCD display may not seem so impressive. Yet when you consider that most people place their inverter on the ground or some other remote location, it saves you from having to lean at uncomfortable angles just to see what’s going on.

The 12 outlets including 6 with battery backup and surge protection are also 2 to 4 more than many direct competitors with similar features and prices.

Global

The CyberPower CP1500 is a great UPS for the money. It has the nuts and bolts functions you want, like AVR and power management software. The easy-to-read color LCD screen with a slanted face is something you might enjoy more than you think.

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CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD Mini Tower

  • 12 sockets, 6 of which are linked to the back-up battery and to the surge protection
  • AVR buffering with power panel management software
  • Multifunction color LCD display with up to 17 degrees of tilt for easy reading

Amazon Basics 800VA 450W Backup UPS with Backup Battery

Amazon Basics Standby UPS

Specifications:

  • 450 watts
  • 12 outlets 6 with back-up battery
  • Free downloadable energy management software
  • Connection to USB port
  • One year warranty with $ 75,000 insurance

In recent years, Amazon has made a conscious effort to expand into the world of consumer electronics. Avec une capacité de charge de 450 watts, l’onduleur – 800 VA a été conçu pour répondre aux besoins des maisons et des bureaux avec un besoin de puissance légèrement inférieur.

Onduleur Amazon Basics Standby

Bien qu’il ait encore 12 points de vente. Six d’entre eux sont directement connectés à la batterie de secours ainsi qu’à un parasurtenseur et 6 autres sont connectés uniquement à un parasurtenseur interne. Il convient de noter que dans cette configuration, il n’existe aucune sorte d’AVR traditionnel. Cependant, les six prises qui sont connectées à la batterie de secours seront toujours régulées contre les anomalies du courant alternatif entrant.

Onduleur Amazon Basics Standby

It’s also worth noting that the Amazon Basics UPS – 800 VA produces a simulated sine wave in the current provided by the battery backup. This means it’s not a good option for certain electronics that have an AC motor. Essentially, you can hook up your TV or desktop monitor without concern, but it’s not a good idea for a minifridge with an AC compressor.

There’s also free downloadable power management software. You can then connect a PC to the UPS via a USB port.

What we liked

You can’t argue with the price of this bargain UPS system. The number of outlets on such a relatively small UPS device is also impressive.

Global

There aren’t a lot of sophisticated features with this budget UPS system. Still, it has what you need to keep a computer or the basic electronics in a child’s bedroom operating long enough to safely power down in an outage.

bXterra 3000VA UPS SP3000LCDRT2U Smart Sine Wave UPS

bXterra 3000VA UPS SP3000LCDRT2U Smart Sine Wave UPS

Specifications:

  • 2,700 Watts
  • 6 NEMA 5-20R outlets
  • 1 NEMA 5-30R outlet
  • Pure sine wave with line interactive topology
  • AVR
  • Power Frame software with remote access feature
  • Energy Star certified UPS
  • Rotating LCD screen
  • 3-year warranty with $350,000 insurance coverage

The bXterra 3000VA UPS SP3000LCDRT2U Smart Sine Wave UPS is a full step up from the smaller UPS systems on the market. With it’s 27,000-Watt load capacity and 6 NEMA 5-20R as well as 1 NEMA 5-30R outlet, it has the robust specs to support small to medium-size server rooms.

bXterra 3000VA UPS SP3000LCDRT2U Smart Sine Wave UPS

It has pure sine wave line interactive topology with automatic voltage regulation. This gives it the ability buffer to protect your sensitive electronics from surge and brownout events that affect the power grid or your building’s internal wiring.

bXterra 3000VA UPS SP3000LCDRT2U Smart Sine Wave UPS

The bXterra 3000VA UPS SP3000LCDRT2U Smart Sine Wave UPS is Energy Star certified and has hot-swappable batteries. This means if you have charged replacement batteries on hand that you can extend the overall runtime of the system for times when you might need to complete an important task or you need more time shutting the system down safely.

This system also has power frame software with remote access features. Even if you are not at the building during a power outage you can manage the system via a laptop or other wireless device.

What we liked

The pure sine wave line interactive topology with 2,700-Watt load capacity and AVR is what you want to see for supporting a NAS box or other small data station.

You also have to like the Power Frame Software with remote access for managing a power outage when you might happen to be away from the facility.

Global

This a great UPS system for a small server room or a NAS box with other attached network devices. The Energy Star certification is also a nice touch. You can even invest in replacement batteries for a hot-swap to make sure the system can still operate if a power outage occurs while you are doing something like installing software updates.

APC Smart Ups Pure Sinewave UPS Battery Backup

APC Smart Ups Pure Sinewave UPS Battery Backup

Specifications:

  • 2,700 Watts
  • Power Chute Software
  • Cloud-enabled with secure web portal
  • 6 primary outlets

On the face of it, the Smart-UPS SMT3000C has a lot of the physical engineering you want to see in a UPS that’s designed to support a small to medium size server environment.

APC Smart Ups Pure Sinewave UPS Battery Backup

It’s also cloud-enabled for remote access through a secure encrypted web portal. To use it, you simply connect the UPS to your router via an ethernet connection, then you register it and the Power Chute software helps guide you through the process.

APC Smart Ups Pure Sinewave UPS Battery Backup

It has six primary outlets and AVR to help regulate AC power and prevent damage from surges or brownout events. It has an automatic green mode that monitors and manages the system for peak performance.

What we liked

The Cloud enabled connectivity with secure remote access is very nice for times when there might be a power outage or another system fault that needs your attention, but you are away from the building. The intuitive interface and superior technical support offered by APC also makes it easy to maintain your network, even if you don’t have a dedicated on-site IT staff.

Global

The APC Smart Ups Pure Sinewave UPS Battery Backup has all the nuts and bolts you want to see in a UPS system to support your IT environment. The software is easy to use and offers you secure, remote access.

If there’s a complaint here, it’s that the price tag is a little bit on the high side. This is likely due to APC assuming that companies without an IT staff will be recruiting support from APC’s tech support. If you already have a reliable IT staff on-site, you could save money by looking at a lower-priced competitor.

OPTI-UPS DS1500B (1500VA/1050W) Online Double Conversion Sinewave

OPTI-UPS DS1500B (1500VA1050W) Online Double Conversion Sinewave

Specifications:

  • Sinewave on-line, double-conversion, single-phase (2W+G)
  • 1050 Watts
  • Automatic sensing
  • Converts current AC to DC, and DC to AC
  • Zero transfer time
  • Smart fan speed control
  • Sophisticated software
  • 2-year warranty protection

The OPTI DS1500B is a double conversion UPS that can convert the current from AC to DC and then back from DC to AC. This has the net effect of making it more energy-efficient, as well as versatile. Though it does require the internal cooling fan to run frequently.

OPTI-UPS DS1500B (1500VA1050W) Online Double Conversion Sinewave

The double conversion engineering is designed to isolate the outside environment by efficiently converting power from AC to DC. This same current can then be converted back to AC. This works to buffer surges and brownouts that can influence the grid, to keep them from damaging your sensitive electronics. The three robust internal batteries provide uninterrupted power.

OPTI-UPS DS1500B (1500VA1050W) Online Double Conversion Sinewave

There is a suite of software that you can install which will provide you with secure remote access. It can also be set up to shut down a Windows server unattended. OPTI also offers a 2-year warranty with this the DS1500B.

What we liked

The double conversion topology is a nice way to replicate AVR, without compromising energy efficiency. The suite of software that can also be set up to shut down a Windows server unattended is also a nice touch.

Global

The OPTI-UPS DS1500B is arguably set up to support a server environment of a small office NAS box, rather than say a home theater system. Taken in that light, it has pretty much all the hardware and software features you need, at a price that outstrips the competition.

Unfortunately, the double conversion topology also means the internal fan will run nearly continuously. So, it’s best to give it its environment where you don’t have to deal with the soft, white noise all day long.

CyberPower EC850LCD Ecologic UPS System, 850VA/510W, 12 Outlets

CyberPower EC850LCD Ecologic UPS System

Specifications:

  • 510 Watts
  • 12 outlets 6 battery backup, and 6 surge protector
  • 3 Eco mode outlets
  • USB communication port
  • 3-year warranty
  • $100,000 insurance

The CyberPower EC850LCD was designed to support the backup power needs of a single desktop computer, a work station or a modest-sized home theater.

CyberPower EC850LCD Ecologic UPS System

It’s rated for 510 Watts and includes 12 total outlets. Of them, 6 are connected to the battery backup and the internal surge protector. Of the 6 remaining outlets, all of them are surge protector only, with three being on the Eco outlets, which shut down power when a device goes to sleep or is turned off.

CyberPower EC850LCD Ecologic UPS System

There is a small LCD panel that lets you monitor the UPS at a glance. Though there’s also a USB communication port, which lets you connect to a laptop, which could be handy if you want to tuck the CyberPower EC850LCD out of sight.

There’s also a 3-year warranty with $100,000 insurance. This is pretty impressive for such a small and inexpensive UPS.

What we liked

The CyberPower EC850LCD’s low price tag combined with a variety of outlets let you connect a lot of low wattage devices. The three Eco ports are also a nice touch for devices that turn off automatically or go to sleep like a digital picture frame.

Global

You’re not going to keep a whole office powered up for more than a few minutes with this 510-Watt UPS. Still, it has the load capacity to let you power down a single computer station or home theater in the event of a sudden power outage. At such a low price point, you’re probably also going to buy the CyberPower EC850LCD as much for being a surge protector as a battery backup system.

Buyers Guide

Right off the bat, the temptation is to assume that an uninterrupted power supply system is only necessary for power outages. Sure, they are an absolute life-saver for a short-to-mid-term blackout. However, that’s not the only time you might consider yourself blessed to have a UPS in your home or office.

On the face of it, an uninterrupted power supply is a sophisticated battery backup system that is designed to power your essential electronics during a power outage. They play a critical role in preventing data loss or the potential hardware stress that can sometimes occur during a hard shutdown.

At the same time, a quality UPS also acts as a surge protector. This can be especially handy if a local power surge affects your area, which can cause short-term damage or reduce an electronic device’s long-term lifespan.

Beyond surges and total blackouts, there are a few other scenarios where a UPS can come in handy. Especially, if for powering essential office electronics to maintain the normal flow of operations. This includes things like:

A Brownout is where there is a prolonged drop in voltage. Some brownouts are related to weather, though with our aging electrical infrastructure it could be a failure in part of the electrical grid. Sometimes a brownout is an early warning sign of a blackout. Being able to keep essential electronics powered up can help you prepare for total power loss. Especially if you need to do things like backup crucial data.

A Voltage Sag is like a miniature brownout. The problem here is that they sometimes occur in a short series, which can potentially damage certain types of electrical equipment.

An Over Voltage Event is like a mini-surge that lasts longer than normal and can damage sensitive electronics. A UPS with a sophisticated surge protection feature helps buffer the voltage to keep electronic devices safe.

Line Noise can disrupt or potentially degrade the performance of a circuit.

Frequency Variation can be a problem if you are running off a generator and the power frequency fluctuates. Here again, the UPS acts as a buffer to maintain a consistent frequency level.

Different Topologies Of UPS System

At first glance, UPS systems pretty much all do the same thing. They act as a battery backup as well as a buffer against surges and other electrical events that might otherwise travel from the grid to your sensitive electronic devices.

However, different “Topologies” or types of UPS are engineered with features that cater better to specific needs.

A Standby UPS – Sometimes referred to as an Offline UPS, it essentially draws current from a standard electrical outlet and switches over to the power from the internal battery backup the instant it detects a power failure. This is arguably the most common type of UPS system and one you might often find in an individual office setting to provide backup power for a computer, printer or other electronic devices.
is the most common type of UPS found in a computer or office supply store. It draws current from the AC outlet and switches to the battery within a few milliseconds after detecting a power failure.

A Line-Interactive UPS – This type of system uses AVR or Automatic Voltage Regulation to effectively correct abnormalities in voltage without having to immediately resort to the reserve battery power. It does this through a special type of transformer that either lowers or boosts the voltage as needed. A

Line-Interactive UPS is essentially a buffer to protect your sensitive electronics from events that affect the power grid or the internal wiring of a building. They are particularly handy for protecting Network-Attached Storage devices and modest-size data storage servers.

A Double Conversion On-Line UPS – It shares a lot of features and functionality with a Standby UPS. One of the key differences is that it inverts the AC power to reduce heat output and improve efficiency.

Wattage Load Capacity

For a UPS system to run properly it must have the capacity to meet the power demands of every electronic device that’s connected to it. This is typically expressed in a wattage rating, that you can then correspond to the total overall load of the devices you plug into it.

To accurately calculate your load needs, you will have to add up the wattage of every single device you want to connect to the UPS. You can usually find this information in the owner’s manual. Though a lot of appliances and electronic devices will have some sort of plate stamped or printed on them with wattage and other key specs.

Once you have your load calculated you start filtering through the UPS systems that are closest to your needs. Though you shouldn’t push it right up to the limit. It’s a good idea to target a UPS system that is rated at least 10% higher than you need. Especially if you’re thinking of upgrading or updating your devices a year or two down the road.

To make your UPS run properly, your UPS has to be large enough to support all of the equipment plugged into it. You will need to find the UPS capacity. Capacity is how much power a UPS system can provide (measured in Watts). The higher the capacity, the more electronic equipment, and devices it can support. To find the UPS capacity, you will need to calculate the load. The Load is the combined amount of power each of the devices uses.

To identify the load, make an equipment list, including the total watts each piece of equipment requires to run properly. Include all of the devices the UPS will need to support. If a piece of equipment has a redundant power supply, only count the wattage of ONE power supply.

If you are unsure how many watts your equipment requires, consult the manufacturer or power supply specifications in the user manual.

The Number Of Outlets

A quality UPS system is not the sort of thing you want to daisy chain like Christmas lights. You really should have 1 outlet per power cord. Plugging in a power strip or a splitter is a bad idea and could impact performance when you need it most. If you plan to plug three devices in the UPS system, you need to find one that has at least three outlets.

Determining Runtime Needs

Since the UPS is essentially a sophisticated battery backup system, it has a finite capacity. As time goes on, the current stored inside the battery will gradually start to dwindle. The “Runtime” is essentially the number of minutes of consistent power the UPS system can support from a full charge.

It helps to take a moment to do a little thought experiment on how long you’ll want the power to your essential electronics. If you need time to save essential data on your laptop or print another copy of a business proposal during a short-term blackout, you might be fine with a shorter runtime. If you want to keep working for hours after a power outage, or you simply want enough power to finish watching a movie on a stormy day, while you wait for the power company to restore the lines, then you might prioritize a longer runtime.

It’s important to remember that the runtime will be influenced by the wattage of each device. The lower the wattage demand, the more minutes of runtime you will get from the batteries.

Questions fréquemment posées

Q: Do I Need A UPS With A Sine Wave Or Simulated Sine Wave Output?

A: The power grid delivers AC power in a sinewave. When everything is operating normally, you UPS is simply passing this sine wave on to all the connected electronic devices. In the event of a power outage or brownout, the UPS will produce a sine wave or simulate a sine wave to your electronics.

With a simulated sine wave, there is sometimes a minor power gap during each cycle. Some appliances like refrigerators, microwaves, and air compressors with motors that run on AC electricity can be damaged by a simulated sine wave.

Q: What Is A Hot-Swappable Battery?

A: A UPS with hot-swappable batteries allows you to exchange additional backup batteries without having to shut the unit down. They are especially nice for times when your area suffers a prolonged power outage, and you want to continue working or using some essential electronics.

Q: What Is The Difference Between A Rack-Mounted UPS and a Tower?

A: With most UPS manufacturers a rack-mounted or tower UPS tends to have the same basic specifications and features. The rack-mounted version tends to be more popular for a UPS device that’s meant to support a server or a Network-Attached Storage device. If you are just looking to back up a single office computer, a work station or a home theater, then a tower is probably easier to work with.

Q: Why Do Some UPS Devices Only Have Half The Outlets Connected To The Battery Backup?

A: UPS manufacturers recognize that part of the value of the system is acting as a surge protector. At the same time, when there’s a power outage have a ton of devices plugged into the battery backup outlets. The last thing you want is the lamp in the corner or a digital picture frame on the wall draining current and reducing the overall runtime available to safely shut down your workstation computer.

Q: Should I Max Out The Load Capacity?

A: While each UPS is rated for specific maximum load capacity, it’s also best not to push it to the max. The general rule of thumb is to only ask it to deliver 80% of the maximum load capacity at any one time. So, if you have a UPS that’s rated for 1,000-Watt maximum load capacity, you should try to keep the wattage demand of the devices on the battery backup side to around 800 Watts.

Conclusion

Investing in a UPS system makes a lot of sense beyond just buying you some extra time to save your work or finish watching a movie when the power goes out. A quality UPS system also helps protect your investment in the electronic devices and data it supports. In a worst-case scenario, a single surge or brownout event could cause thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Taken in this light even a high-priced UPS system pays for itself in short order.

Finding the best UPS system for you still will require a little filtering and some basic mathematics. Right off the bat, you will want to double-check the wattage rating for each device you want to connect. This will give you a target range for load capacity to help weed out the field.

If you aren’t going to support a server or NAS box, then you can just stick to a “Standby UPS” If you do need to support some type of server environment, then you might want to prioritize a Line-Interactive or a Double conversion topology. In the case of a server support UPS, you might want to also look for a rack-mounted UPS rather than a tower.

At that point, you can start to dial in special features like management software and price. You should also keep an eye out for warranty coverage, as well as taking a look at how much insurance coverage the manufacturer offers for connected devices.

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