UPS or (Uninterruptible Power Supply) are clever investments if your area suffers from frequent power cuts. These devices provide uninterrupted experience of using your PC by switching to battery power. However, not all UPS are built equal, and some can be overkill (or underwhelming) for your requirements.
We have compiled a list of the best UPS for home offices. But before that,
1. APC BE600M1 UPS Battery Backup
- Power: 600VA/330W | Outlets: 7
The APC BE600M1 is a UPS suitable for small home offices with fewer power hunger devices. It has a bevy of outlets and includes five surge-protected outlets to filter out surges and voltage spikes. However, the main hero of this UPS is the power switch-over. When the main power goes off, the UPS leaps into action and switches to battery backup.
It’s a well-designed device. All the outlets on its top have enough spacing between them to let you plug in your devices with ease. It also packs a USB-A port with 1.5A power.
The APC BE600M1 is a low-power UPS and delivers around 330W of power. It’s enough to run small devices like routers, modems, printers, and monitors during short power cuts. But, if you wish to connect it to a PC, things can be a bit limiting. For instance, the UPS is not enough to sustain a high-end PC. But if you have a low-demanding PC, it’ll just have enough time to save all your work and shut it down.
This small UPS is a good choice if your area suffers from frequent outages or power spikes. But, it’s barebones at best. For instance, it doesn’t have an LCD screen to see details such as the time required for full-charge or the amount of charge remaining.
2. CyberPower SL700U Standby UPS System
- Power: 700VA/370W | Outlets: 8
Another compact UPS that can keep internet equipment like modems and routers running is the CyberPower SL700U. It’s a 700VA UPS and can safely keep low-power devices running on the battery for considerable time. It can power 100W of equipment for around 20 minutes, thereby letting you comfortable switch off those devices during power outages.
It comes with a decent number of outlets. For now, you get a total of 8 outlets and come with a mix of battery-connected and surge-protected outlets (5 + 3). Compared to the one above, you get an extra USB-A port.
The only issue is that the ports have minimal spacing between the outlets. So if you have a fat power plug, you may find it a bit challenging to accommodate it in the middle.
That said, it has a few good things going for it. For example, it lets you configure the UPS through both macOS and Windows laptops for alarms, set up wind-up times, etc. If your home office has a limited number of devices, or if a majority of them consume less power, the CyberPower SL700U is a good pick to sail you through squirrel outages.
3. CyberPower EC850LCD Ecologic Battery Backup
- Power: 850VA/510W | Outlets: 12
Another great UPS for a home office is the CyberPower EC850LCD. It ticks off all the right boxes. First, this UPS comes packed with an LCD screen to view details like charge remaining, power conditions, etc., Secondly, it packs a hefty battery to run your systems for a considerable amount of time or until you can properly shut them down.
Interestingly, this UPS comes with a couple of Eco Mode outlets. When connected to these outlets, the UPS automatically cuts off the power when it detects the device in off state or standby mode. Naturally, this helps to save energy in critical times.
Like the one above, it comes with 13 power outlets, which is a big plus. It includes 3 surge-protected outlets, 3 surge-protected outlets with Eco Mode, and 6 surge-protected outlets connected to the battery. Naturally, you get the flexibility to choose the connection as per the device’s priority. The outlets are spaced well and allow you to connect devices regardless of the size of the power plug.
This one has a runtime of around 6 minutes in full mode, thus giving you enough time to save your work and shut down. This is especially important if you have a PC connected to it. If you must know, an average computer consumes around 200W of power.
4. Tripp Lite AVR750U
- Power: 750VA/450W | Outlets: 8
The Tripp Lite AVR750U has an interesting design. Unlike most UPS, the AVR750U lies flat on tables and desks. While this gives you a better way to plug in your equipment, it ends up occupying more space than necessary. More importantly, this 750VA/450W UPS has enough power to run small devices for more than an hour.
Aside from that, it has a total of 12 outlets (6 battery + 6 surge outlets) and gives you enough flexibility to plug in your devices.
As noted earlier, the battery has respectable heft. If we talk numbers, it can last around 40 minutes on a 60W load. Apart from that, the Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) ensures that the UPS will compensate for under or over voltage so that the connected devices get a consistent voltage. The AVR has been praised by several users, especially at this price point.
5. APC UPS 1500VA Sine Wave UPS
- Power: 1500VA | Outlets: 8
If you are on the lookout for a UPS that can power devices for a longer period, you can’t go wrong with the APC BR1500MS2. It’s a little costly compared to the UPS above. However, if you are looking to plug a sensitive equipment or a power-hungry device, this one will fit the bill perfectly.
This 1500VA UPS can provide up to 847 W of power. The folks at the Wirecutter found it to last around 4 hours on a 20W load and 21 minutes at a 300W load. The latter means you can do a little more on your computer before shutting it down during a power cut. On the other hand, if you have low-end devices like modems and routers, it can last for around 4 hours. Cool, right?
More importantly, the built-in sine-wave inverter makes this UPS safe for sensitive machines like CPAP. It has 10 outlets and includes a USB-C port and a USB-A connector.
Bridge the Gap
The above UPS device is the perfect solution if you are tired of small power cuts or spikes in voltage. They aren’t costly and save you an immense amount of time that goes into restarting devices like streaming boxes, consoles, or modems.