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Best UPS Battery Backup Surge Protectors – Reviewed for 2020

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Last Updated on October 26, 2020 by Marc Edwards

John stared blankly at his monitor screen, seemingly at a loss.

Five hours worth of deep focus, hard work, and ideas gone – ‘erased’ by a sudden power trip.

5 hours earlier…

John has been working on a sale presentation using his home computer since 3 pm that afternoon- that sale presentation might land him new clients. It was a weekend and he left his laptop in the office.

Just then, an unexpected power trip came by.Power Disruption

The monitor screen flickers and the computer lost power.

And there he was – back to the last saved copy of his presentation a few hours ago. Why didn’t he save his work?

John silently cursed himself.

As he beat himself up while panic attacks slowly engulfed him – he knew he has to redo most part of the presentation and that could only mean a long night without sleep.

He could not believe his bad luck.

The above scenario is not uncommon.

It has happened to me more than a few times. Unsaved work gone on a home PC whenever blackouts happen. 🙁

We all know electricity is unpredictable. One moment you are happily working on your computer and the next moment, your hours of hard work and unsaved data could be gone or corrupted.

Even if you could auto-save your data, frequent unexpected power trip could cause negative effects and damage to your home computer’s internal hardware components.

In the long run, your saved data might even be corrupted due to a faulty hard-drive, all thanks to an unexpected power loss.

John could have safeguarded his precious unsaved data and time had he invest in a battery backup surge protector – also known as an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Battery backup surge protectors serve as lifeline for computing devices that do not have a built-in battery. For example, desktop computers.

Before you rush online and get yourself overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of choices, technical specifications, and models out there, be sure to check out the best picks I have reviewed below.

I have done all the hard work for you – having filtered through, compared, and reviewed wide variety of UPS battery backup surge protectors – across multiple brands and models.

If you are in a hurry, do check out the comparison tables for the top battery backup surge protection models reviewed and recommended by our team.

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Weather and electrical conditions differ from place to place. Before you start sourcing for your preferred one, it is important that you know what are your (wattage) needs and the types of battery backup and surge protection device to get.

Do check out the buying tips and essential UPS features below before making your purchase decision. Once you identify your requirements, be sure to check out the respective battery backup surge protector reviews in the next section.

UPS Battery Backup Surge Protector Essential Features

Essential UPS Features

Surge Protection – offer basic surge protection against power spikes.

LCD Display (Optional) – display of load, estimated run-time and battery capacity, etc.

Audible Alarm – important to have if UPS is placed at a remote corner of the house.

Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) – helps to correct minor power irregularities

A/C to Battery Transfer Time – the amount of time needed to switch over to battery when a power disruption occurs.

Run time at Half/Full Load – the amount of time you have to shut down your connected devices before the battery power runs out. Keep in mind that the more electrical devices connected to the UPS, the higher will be the wattage load and hence the UPS battery backup run time will be shorter when power outage happens. And the opposite is true. 😉

Battery Recharge Time – the amount of time required for the battery to be fully charged.

Buying Tips for UPS Surge Protector

Buying Tips

Devices that Need Power and Surge Protection

Although most battery backup surge protectors offer surge protection for all power outlets, yet (most of the time) only 50% of the power outlets come with battery backup features. That means you have some decisions to make – an eight outlet ups battery backup & surge protector will only offer battery power protection for four outlets. You have to determine if four power surge cum battery backup protection outlets are enough for you before deciding on a brand and model to buy.

Choosing the Right Form Factor

There are basically 3 types of form factors (Rack-mount, Compact, and Tower) to choose from when getting a UPS battery backup surge protector. For an office environment e.g. data center, a rack-mountable UPS would be most suitable. As for home use, depending on the amount of real estate (space) on your desk or floor, you will want to choose between a compact or tower UPS. Compact UPS surge protectors usually do not come with an intelligent LCD display and are relatively cheaper.

Functionality

It is important to decide on the functions and features you will need for a UPS battery backup surge protector before making your purchase. E.g. if you need a UPS surge protector that provides auto voltage regulation, be sure to choose one that offers such a feature.

Compatibility

Be sure to check if your electrical devices are compatibles with the UPS surge protector model you are getting. Some electrical devices may have different voltage requirements and may not work on certain models of UPS.

Portability

Get a compact, portable, and light-weight model if you need to bring along the battery backup power surge protector everywhere you go.

Power (Wattage) Capacity Requirement

Generally, if you are a technical geek like me who owns lots of electrical devices and gadgets, you will want to get the best surge protector battery backup device that offers a huge power capacity. When power blackouts happen, the UPS will then have sufficient power wattage to allow the graceful shutdown of your mission-critical devices. Click here to find out how to size up the UPS you will need.

UPS Topology – Standby, Line-interactive, or Double-conversion?

Did you know that there are many types of common power problems that are detrimental to our electrical devices? Power problems like power surge, blackouts, brownouts, voltage sags, over-voltage, harmonic distortion, etc can happen anytime, anywhere.

Standby topology UPS (passive topology) will only safeguard against power failures, power surges, and voltage sags. Most suitable for an office environment (less critical applications) where power disruption is not frequent.

Line-interactive UPS is able to safeguard against under and over-voltage conditions in additions to that of a UPS that offer standby topology.

Double-conversion UPS (online topology) is capable of protecting against all common power problems. Be sure to get one if you have mission-critical applications or devices that require such a level of protection.

Waveform Type

Most electrical devices or equipment are compatible with UPS that offers pure sine wave power when working on battery mode. Be sure to check with your device or UPS manufacturer when in doubt.

UPS Monitoring

These days, most UPS battery backup surge protectors come with a USB comm port and relevant software. Be sure to double-check if you do need one. For example, battery backup surge protector beeping will trigger an alert via the UPS software and via the USB comm port, you will be notified of the audible alarm.

Warranty

As a rule of thumb, any decent UPS surge protectors should come with at least one to two years of battery warranty as well as 2 or 3 years on standard hardware warranty.

Tips on How to Size up Your UPS?

✅ Depending on the number of electrical devices you plan to get “protected”, the UPS model you get should come with sufficient battery-powered outlets and power capacity (wattage or power rating).

✅ Next, determine the capacity required by calculating the potential load of your electrical devices you plan to plug into the UPS. The load is the total amount of wattage (amps and voltage) of all the plugged-in devices.

✅ Make a list of all devices that you plan to plug into the UPS. Calculate the wattage for each device by multiplying the amp and voltage together.

✅ The potential load (power wattage) will be known once you sum up the wattage for all the devices on your list. Ensure that the wattage of the UPS you get is at least 15% to 20 % higher than the combined wattage of all the electrical devices on your list.

[With LCD Display] Comparison Table of 6 UPS Battery Backup Surge Protectors

Best Editorial Picks
Model Name
No. of Outlets
Joules Rating
Run Time at Full Load
Our Reviews
CyberPower BRG1500AVRLCD Intelligent LCD UPS

CyberPower BRG1500AVRLCD Intelligent LCD UPS

12

1500

2 mins

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Panamax MB1000 Battery Backup

Panamax MB1000 Battery Backup

8

900

3 mins

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Tripp Lite SMART1200LCD Smart UPS

Tripp Lite SMART1200LCD Smart UPS

8

870

4 mins

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APC SMC1000C Sinewave UPS Battery Backup

APC SMC1000C Sinewave UPS Battery Backup

8

680

9 mins

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CyberPower PR1500LCD Smart App Sinewave UPS

CyberPower PR1500LCD UPS

8

1030

4.7 mins

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APC BX1350M UPS, 1350VA UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector

APC BX1350M UPS

10

789

4 mins

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1CyberPower BRG1500AVRLCD Review

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CyberPower BRG1500AVRLCD Intelligent LCD UPS System, 1500VA/900W, 12 Outlets, AVR, Mini-Tower, 5-Year Warranty,Black

No matter where you put it, this CyberPower battery backup surge protector will never look out of place. And yet beyond its aesthetically pleasant exterior, CyberPower BRG1500AVRLCD comes packed with many useful features like automatic voltage regulation, 2 USB charging ports, etc.

I personally love the multi-functional intelligent LCD panel. Not only does it provides useful information on battery and power line conditions, it is also able to display accurate information on battery capacity, load capacity, estimated run time and more.

If you have quite a few mission critical devices that you need to safeguard against irregular power conditions, you will be happy to know that BRG1500AVRLCD comes with 6 outlets that offer both battery backup and surge protection. You no longer have to worry about data corruption or faulty hardware components due to frequent power disruptions.

CyberPower BRG1500AVRLCD comes with a whopping 5 year warranty including the 2 replaceable batteries in additional to $500,000 connected equipment guarantee.

In my opinion, this is probably one of the best quality UPS battery backup surge protector you can get at its current price point.

CyberPower BRG1500AVRLCD

Specification Table

Dimensions 14 x 3.9 x 11 inches
Net Weight 25 pounds (11.34 kg)
Waveform Type Simulated Sine Wave
Topology Line Interactive
Transfer Time 4 ms
Recharge Time 8 hours
Full Load Run Time 2 minutes at 900 watts
PROS:
  • 12 outlets with surge protection outlets (includes 6 outlets with UPS battery backup capability)
  • 6 ft power cord (2 meters)
  • Automatic Voltage Regulation
  • 2 x USB charging ports (2.1 Amps shared)
  • Audible alarms (Battery Mode, Low Battery, Overload and Fault)
  • 1500 joules rating
  • 2 x Replaceable batteries
  • 5 years warranty plus $500,000 connected-equipment guarantee.
CONS:
  • None

CyberPower BRG1500AVRLCD Intelligent LCD UPS System, 1500VA/900W, 12 Outlets, AVR, Mini-Tower, 5-Year Warranty,Black

CyberPower BRG1500AVRLCD Intelligent LCD UPS System

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2Panamax MB1000 Review

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Panamax MB1000 Battery Backup 1000VA 600W

If you are looking for a battery backup UPS with only surge protection capability, then Panamax MB1000 may not be for you.

This high-end Panamax UPS cum power conditioner cum surge protector (3-in-1 multi-function UPS) possesses more features and functions than that of average UPS surge protectors. 🙂

In my opinion, Panamax MB1000’s ability to perform critical load management function alone is worth more than the asking price. During a power outage, the 4 non-critical load outlets that will continue to protect all connected devices and will shut down once the designated battery level has been drained. The remaining battery charge are reserved for the other four critical load outlets in a separate bank. Thus, allowing longer run time for those mission-critical devices to be properly shutdown. 👍

Another impressive features of MB1000 is its Dual Learning IR function. With this function, you will be able to program MB1000 to send standby or shutdown commands to hardware components like ceiling projectors, high-end home theater equipment and so on.

This multi-functional battery backup surge protector cum power conditioner is definitely not for people with budget constraints. But if you own high-end home theater equipment and entertainment peripherals that need extreme protection from adverse power conditions and disruptions, Panamax MB1000 is definitely a worthy investment.

Panamax MB1000

Specification Table

Dimensions 17 x 13 x 4 inches
Net Weight 36 pounds (16.33 kg)
UPS Output Capacity 1000VA 600W at 0.6pF
Comm Port Type RS-232 Serial
Transfer Time <10 ms
Recharge Time 8 hours
Full Load Run Time 3 minutes at 600 watts
PROS:
  • 8 outlets with capability for surge protection with AVR and power conditioning (including 4 outlets that allow critical load management)
  • 10 ft power cord (3 meters)
  • Critical Load Management
  • 2 x USB charging ports (2.1 Amps shared)
  • Audible alarms (Battery Mode, Low Battery, Overload and Fault)
  • 900 joules rating
  • Dual Learning IR Output Controls
  • Voltage Regulation
  • Fully Programmable
  • LiFT Noise Filtration
  • Rack Mounting Kit
  • 3 years warranty with 2 years on battery warranty
CONS:
  • Lack of USB Charging Ports

Panamax MB1000 Battery Backup

Panamax MB1000 Battery Backup

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3Tripp Lite SMART1200LCD Smart UPS Review

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Tripp Lite 1200VA Smart UPS Battery Back Up, 700W Rack-Mount/Tower, 8 Outlets, LCD Display, AVR, USB, DB9 2URM, 3 Year Warranty & $250,000 Insurance (SMART1200LCD)

If you are someone like me who have a home office, then Tripp LIte SMART1200LCD may be a UPS surge protector you should consider.

I love the fact that this line-interactive UPS system comes with 8 outlets which are all capable of battery back and surge protection. As you may already know, most UPS surge protectors in the market only offer 50% of their power outlet for both battery backup and surge protection. What’s more, there are also ports for Tel/DSL/Ethernet protection too.

In fact, SMART1200LCD is truly capable of protecting common office equipment and peripherals like home computers, laptop, Internet router, printer, modem & phone line, etc.

I especially like the dual form factor feature in which you can either choose to rackmount (2U) the UPS or place it on the floor or table as a standing tower (see image below).

If you are running sensitive applications in the backend, you will be glad to know that this Tripp Lite battery backup surge protector also comes with auto voltage regulation and all power details like battery capacity, voltage details and so on, can be displayed with the LCD screen.

All in all, Tripp Lite SMART1200LCD is a worthy buy for those who has a home office that needs holistic protection against power disruption and harmful transients.

CyberPower BRG1500AVRLCD

Specification Table

Dimensions 10.5 x 17.25 x 3.5 inches
Net Weight 28.8 pounds (13.06 kg)
Waveform Type Sine Wave
Topology Line Interactive
Transfer Time 4 ms
Recharge Time 4.5 hours from 10% to 90%
Full Load Run Time 4 minutes at 700 watts
PROS:
  • All 8 outlets come with battery backup and surge protection capability
  • 6 ft power cord (2 meters)
  • Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR)
  • 2 x USB charging ports (2.1 Amps shared)
  • Audible alarms (Battery Mode, Low Battery, Overload and Fault)
  • 870 joules rating
  • Dual form factor: Rackmount & Tower
  • 3 years limited warranty with $250k insurance plus $250,000 lifetime insurance for connected equipment
CONS:
  • Lack of USB Charging Ports

Tripp Lite 1200VA Smart UPS Battery Back Up, 700W Rack-Mount/Tower, 8 Outlets, LCD Display, AVR, USB, DB9 2URM, 3 Year Warranty & $250,000 Insurance (SMART1200LCD)

Tripp Lite 1200VA Smart UPS Battery Back Up

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4APC UPS SMC1000C Smart-UPS Review

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APC 1000VA Smart UPS with SmartConnect, SMC1000C Sinewave UPS Battery Backup, AVR, 120V, Line Interactive Uninterruptible Power SupplyWith Intelligent battery management and online monitoring capability, I must say APC SMC1000C is a must-have for those who own mission-critical devices or applications at home or in the office.

APC SMC1000C Remote MonitoringThrough it’s cloud-enabled port, you will be able to monitor the status of SMC1000C from anywhere in the world via a secure web portal.

The Intelligent battery management function is also able to predict when battery replacement is needed. No more unexpected faulty battery surprises!

This pure sine wave UPS offers both battery backup and surge protection functions for all it’s 8 outlets. And that’s not all, it is also offering 1 additional year of battery warranty when you connect and register the APC SMC1000C via the SmartConnect App.

If you are a big fan of LCD display, you will happy to know that SMC1000C does come with one. It has a LCD screen that displays important status of the UPS (in multiple languages) as well as the ability to configure the UPS via it’s user-friendly navigation keys.

APC SMC1000C may not be budget-friendly but if you are looking for a reliable yet feature-packed UPS surge protector, SMC1000C is definitely worth getting.

APC SMC1000C

Specification Table

Dimensions 17.3 x 6.7 x 8.6 inches
Net Weight 37.5 pounds (17 kg)
Waveform Type Sine Wave
Topology Line Interactive
Transfer Time 6 ms typical : 10 ms max
Recharge Time 3 hours
Full Load Run Time 9 minutes at 600 watts
PROS:
  • 8 outlets with both battery backup and surge protection capability
  • 6 ft power cord (2 meters)
  • Automatic Voltage Regulation (help preserve battery life)
  • Intelligent Battery Management
  • Audible alarms
  • 680 joules rating
  • Built-in Ethernet port (cloud-enabled for online monitoring)
  • 2 years repair or replace warranty plus $150,000 equipment protection policy
CONS:
  • Lack of USB Charging Ports

APC 1000VA Smart UPS with SmartConnect, SMC1000C Sinewave UPS Battery Backup, AVR, 120V, Line Interactive Uninterruptible Power Supply

APC 1000VA Smart UPS with SmartConnect, SMC1000C Sinewave UPS Battery Backup

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5CyberPower PR1500LCD Review

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CyberPower PR1500LCD Smart App Sinewave UPS System, 1500VA/1500W, 8 Outlets, AVR, Mini-TowerDespite its hefty price tag, CyberPower PR15000LCD comes bundled with loads of features and functions. As expected of mid-range UPS surge protection devices, PR1500LCD comes with 8 power outlets that are all capable of performing battery backup and surge protection.

In terms of performance, this sine wave battery backup surge protector is able to recharge its batteries in 3 hours. What’s more, it provides an awesome runtime of 4.7 minutes on full load of 1500 watts should power blackout occurs – giving you ample time to gracefully shut down your critical devices like home computers and servers.

Due to space-constraints, if you have to place the UPS in a hard-to-reach location, you will find the extendable LCD display panel (via 4.5 ft cable) super useful. It will allow you to configure and check status of the UPS without having to move the UPS in and out of the hard-to-reach location. 😓

Are you trying to reduce your ever-increasing monthly utility bill? If so, you will be glad to know that this Cyberpower battery backup surge protector comes with a GreenPower UPS Bypass feature. When the AC power is stable, power from the utility grid can be set to bypass the UPS, hence reducing energy consumption footprints, noise and heat buildup.

Programmable outlet control is one of the many features which I am most impressed with. It allows you to program both the critical outlets and non-critical outlets. By dong so, you will be able to prioritize and increase battery backup run-times for your mission-critical equipment and computer peripherals during extended power disruption. This feature also allows you to delay the startup of non-critical devices after a power outages so that the battery recharging time can be shortened.

Do you own high-end A/V equipment at home? If so, you will probably never regret getting PR15000LCD as it is also made to protect power sensitive equipment like high-end projectors and audio/visual entertainment systems.

CyberPower PR1500LCD

Specification Table

Dimensions 17 x 6.7 x 8.7 inches
Net Weight 54 pounds (24.49 kg)
Waveform Type Sine Wave
Topology Line Interactive
Transfer Time 4 ms
Recharge Time 3 hours
Full Load Run Time 4.7 minutes at 1500 watts
PROS:
  • 8 outlets with battery backup and surge protection capability (including 4 critical load outlets)
  • 6 ft power cord (2 meters)
  • Automatic Voltage Regulation
  • Programmable Outlet Control
  • GreenPower UPS™ Technology
  • Multifunction LCD Panel (41 different settings or status options via the UPS Status menu, UPS Setup & Control menus, and Testing/Battery Calibration menus.)
  • Audible alarms (On Battery, Low Battery, Overload, Fault, Replace Battery)
  • LED Indicators (Power On, Online, On Battery, Wiring fault, Replace Battery)
  • 1030 joules rating
  • 2 x Swappable batteries
  • 3 years limited warranty with $375,000 lifetime connected-equipment guarantee.
CONS:
  • Lack of USB Charging Ports
  • heavy at 54 pounds (I am not surprised considering it’s awesome features :))

CyberPower PR1500LCD Smart App Sinewave UPS System, 1500VA/1500W, 8 Outlets, AVR, Mini-Tower

CyberPower PR1500LCD Smart App Sinewave UPS System

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6APC BR1300G Back-UPS Pro Review

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APC UPS, 1350VA UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector, BX1350M Backup Battery, AVR, Dataline Protection and LCD Display, Back-UPS Pro Uninterruptible Power Supply

Beyond it’s sleek and nice looking exterior, if you are hoping to get a UPS surge protector that comes bundled with some great features and yet not break the bank, APC BX1350M could be your best choice.

While it is definitely not the best in performance, BXS1350M is more than sufficient to safeguard all your home computer, laptop and peripherals against power disruption.

APC BX1350M comes with automatic voltage regulation function which is able to help preserves battery life and maximizes runtime. it does so by correcting low voltages without discharging the battery.

This APC battery backup surge protector also comes with an intelligent battery management feature whereby the UPS batteries will be maximized for performance and reliability via intelligent, precision charging.

Like I mentioned earlier, if you want a USP that is budget-friendly and yet feature-packed, this 10 outlets APC battery backup surge protector will not disappoint.

APC BX1350M

Specification Table

Dimensions 15.04 x 3.94 x 9.84 inches
Net Weight 22.5 pounds (10.2 kg)
Waveform Type Stepped approximation to a sinewave
Topology Line Interactive
Transfer Time 8 ms typical : 10 ms max
Recharge Time 16 hours
Full Load Run Time 2 minutes at 810 watts
PROS:
  • 10 outlets with surge protection outlets (includes 5 outlets with UPS battery backup capability)
  • 6 ft power cord (2 meters)
  • Automatic Voltage Regulation
  • 1 GB Network Dataline Protection
  • Audible alarms (Provides notification of changing utility power and UPS power conditions)
  • 789 joules rating
  • 1 x Hot-Swappable Replaceable batteries
  • 3 years repair or replace warranty plus lifetime $250,000 equipment protection policy.
CONS:
  • Lack of USB Charging Ports

APC UPS, 1350VA UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector, BX1350M Backup Battery, AVR, Dataline Protection and LCD Display, Back-UPS Pro Uninterruptible Power Supply

APC UPS BX1350M 1350VA UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector

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Non-LCD display UPS surge protectors are usually more affordable and are more suitable for small office and home setup. Refer to the comparison table below for the best 8 Non-LCD Display UPS battery backup surge protection devices I have picked and reviewed.

[Non LCD Display] Comparison Table of 8 Best UPS Battery Backup Surge Protectors

Best Editorial Picks
Model Name
No. of Outlets
Joules Rating
Full Load Run Time
Our Reviews
APC BE650G1 UPS Battery Backup Surge Protector

APC BE650G1 UPS

8

340

3 mins @ 390 watts

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APC UPS BE850M2, 850VA UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector

APC BE850M2 UPS

9

354

2 mins @ 450 watts

Read Review
AmazonBasics Standby UPS 800VA 450W Surge Protector Battery Backup

AmazonBasics Standby UPS

12

526

2.3 mins @ 450 watts

Read Review
Tripp Lite 500VA UPS Battery Backup Surge Protector

Tripp Lite BC500 500VA

8

216

1.5 mins @ 260 watts

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Tripp Lite 750VA UPS Battery Backup

Tripp Lite AVR750U 750VA

12

316

3 mins @ 450 watts

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CyberPower CP800AVR AVR UPS System

CyberPower CP800AVR

8

1030

1.2 mins @ 450 watts

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Forza- UPS 750VA- 375W Battery Backup, Surge Protector

Forza NT-751 UPS

6

200

1 min @ 375 watts

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Vertiv Liebert PST5 500VA 300W UPS with Battery Backup & Surge Protection

Vertiv Liebert PST5-500MT120

8

316

3 mins @ 300 watts

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1APC BE650G1 UPS Review

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APC UPS, 650VA UPS Battery Backup Surge Protector, BE650G1 Backup Battery, Dataline Protection, Back-UPS Uninterruptible Power Supply

With 8 power outlets and pleasing black-colored exterior, this battery backup surge protector is definitely a great addition to your home office.

Not only can it protect up to 4 mission-critical Internet of Things (IoT) devices (including home computer) against unexpected power outage and power surges, it has 4 additional outlets that offer surge protection of up to 340 joules.

An average computer typically uses between 60 watts and up to 300 watts for high-end PC. That means APC BE650G1 will be able to provide you with at least 3 minutes of run time even if your PC is running at 300 watts. In my opinion, 3 minutes is more than sufficient for most computer to perform a graceful shutdown.

Besides having a 5 feet power cord, this UPS surge protector comes with a replaceable battery. Depending on the power conditions and usage, do expect the battery life to last between 2 to 5 years.

People working from home should consider getting one for peace of mind against unexpected power disruptions.

APC BE600M1

Specification Table

Dimensions 7.09 x 11.18 x 3.39 inches
Net Weight 13.64 pounds (6.2 kg)
Waveform Type Stepped approximation to a sinewave
Topology Standby
Transfer Time 8ms
Recharge Time 24 hours
Full Load Run Time 3 minutes at 390 watts
PROS:
  • 8 power outlets [4 outlets with both UPS Battery Backup and Surge Protection plus 4 x Surge Protection Only Outlets ]
  • 5 ft power cord (1.52 meters)
  • Ethernet Dataline Surge Protection
  • LED status display
  • Audible alarm (notification for change in Utility power and UPS power conditions)
  • 340 joules rating
  • Replaceable battery (Battery Life: 2 ~ 5 years)
  • 3 years warranty plus $75,000 connected-equipment policy.
CONS:
  • No USB charging port

APC UPS, 650VA UPS Battery Backup Surge Protector, BE650G1 Backup Battery, Dataline Protection, Back-UPS Uninterruptible Power Supply

APC BE650G1 UPS, 650VA UPS Battery Backup Surge Protector

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2APC UPS BE850M2 Review

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APC UPS BE850M2, 850VA UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector, Backup Battery Uninterruptible Power Supply with (2) USB Charging Ports, APC Back-UPS Series

APC BE850M2 is an obvious upgrade to BE600M1 in terms of number of outlets and watts. This 450 watts battery backup surge protection device comes with 9 power outlets. BE600M1 is for you if you are a tech junkie like me who has huge numbers of electronic devices to charge every now and then. 🙂

And if you are USB charging fan like me, you will be happy to know that BE850M2 comes with 2 x USB charging ports.

Of the nine outlets, six of them are connected to and protected by the internal battery in additional to surge protection. The remaining three outlets are only surge protected, most ideal for powering electronics gadgets like hand-phone charger and gaming devices.

If you happen to use up all 450 watts of power (which is unlikely) from this APC battery backup surge protector, worry not! You will still have about 2 minutes of run time left for you to properly shut down mission critical devices like computer and printers.

You will get a longer run time if you do not use up all 450 watts of power from APC BE850M2. For example, if you only use 100 watts of power, you will have about 32 minutes’ worth of run time whenever a power outage occurs.

Just like BE600M1, you will also get to enjoy up to 3 years of warranty plus a $75,000 connected equipment guarantee from APC.

APC BE850M2

Specification Table

Dimensions 12.87 x 4.13 x 5.47 inches
Net Weight 9.04 pounds (4.1 kg)
Waveform Type Stepped approximation to a sinewave
Topology Standby
Transfer Time 6ms
Recharge Time 8 hours
Full Load Run Time 2 minutes at 450 watts
PROS:
  • 9 power outlets including 3 widely spaced out outlets for brick-sized plugs.
  • 450 watts of power
  • 2 x USB charging ports (2.4A shared)
  • 5 ft power cord (1.52 meters)
  • Audible alarm
  • Wall-mountable
  • 3 to 5 years of battery life
  • 3 years warranty
CONS:
  • Joules rating is only 354

APC UPS BE850M2, 850VA UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector, Backup Battery Uninterruptible Power Supply with (2) USB Charging Ports, APC Back-UPS Series

APC UPS BE850M2, 850VA UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector

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3AmazonBasics Standby 800VA UPS Review

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AmazonBasics Standby UPS 800VA 450W Surge Protector Battery Backup, 12 OutletsIf you are looking for a budget-friendly and reliable battery backup surge protector, I have a strong feeling you will come to like AmazonBasics UPS 800VA.

This 450 watts UPS comes with 526 joules rating and thanks to its small compact size, it is most suitable for use in both home and office. You will still get about 2.3 minutes of run time even if you run at full load (450 watts).

One thing to note is that this 12 outlet UPS only has 6 outlets that offer both surge and battery backup protection. The rest of the 6 outlets only come with surge protection capability. But you will be glad to know that there are 4 widely spaced out power outlets that allow brick-size transformer plugs to be used without sacrificing any outlet space.

This affordable battery backup surge protection device comes with one year warranty (including the battery) and the standard $75,000 connected equipment guarantee. If you ask me, I would say this is a great price based on the sheer numbers of outlets, watts power and joules ratings.

AmazonBasics 800VA

Specification Table

Dimensions 12.2 x 7 x 3.14 inches
Net Weight 9.14 pounds (4.15 kg)
Waveform Type Stimulated Sine Wave
Topology Standby
Transfer Time 8 ms
Recharge Time 8 hours
Full Load Run Time 2.3 minutes at 450 watts
PROS:
  • 12 NEMA 5-15R Outlets with 4 widely spaced outlets
  • 526 joules rating
  • NEMA 5-15P Plug, 45 degree offset with 5ft Power Cord
  • 800VA/450W Capacity
  • Simulated Sine Wave Output
  • USB Communication port
CONS:
  • Lack of USB charging port

AmazonBasics Standby UPS 800VA 450W Surge Protector Battery Backup, 12 Outlets

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4Tripp Lite BC500 Review

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Tripp Lite 500VA UPS Battery Backup Surge Protector, Small UPS, Desktop UPS, 8 Outlets, 5 ft. Cord, Black (BC500)

Are you staying in an area where blackouts and brownouts visit you more than your next door neighbors? 😉 If so, these frequent power disruptions may cause unexpected damage to your computer and other essential electrical devices at home.

Whenever clients ask for UPS recommendations, battery backup surge protectors from Tripp Lite are what I would recommend. In this case, Tripp Lite BC500 would fit the bill if you are looking to get something affordable and reliable to protect your home computer and other essential electrical devices.

With 8 a/c outlets and half (four) of them capable of protection against power disruptions and power surges, you will want to consider getting one if you do not have power hungry electronics devices at home besides your laptop or home PC.

Watts power and joules rating may be on the low side but like I mentioned earlier, if you do not own power hungry electrical devices at home, BC500 should be more than sufficient to shield them against blackouts and brownouts as well as power spikes.

Tripp lite BC500 comes with a 3 years warranty and an awesome lifetime insurance for connected equipment.

Tripp Lite BC500

Specification Table

Dimensions 7.28 x 4.33 x 4.13 inches
Net Weight 3.97 pounds (1.8 kg)
Waveform Type Sinewave
Topology Standby
Transfer Time 6ms
Recharge Time 6.5 hours
Full Load Run Time 1.5 minutes at 260 watts
PROS:
  • 8 power outlets with 4 outlets for UPS power backup and surge protection and remaining 4 for surge protection only
  • Up to 1.5 minutes of run time for full load and 6.9 minutes for half load
  • 316 joules rating
  • 5 ft power cord
  • Diagnostic LED with Audible alarm
  • Protects against blackouts, brownouts and power transient surges
  • Spacing-saving housing
  • 3 years warranty with $100,000 lifetime insurance for connected equipment
CONS:
  • Lack of USB charging port
  • Low watts power

Tripp Lite 500VA UPS Battery Backup Surge Protector, Small UPS, Desktop UPS, 8 Outlets, 5 ft. Cord, Black (BC500)

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5Tripp Lite AVR750U Review

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Tripp Lite 750VA UPS Battery Backup, 450W AVR Line Interactive, USB, Ultra-Compact (AVR750U),BlackFor less than 20 bucks difference, Tripp Lite AVR750U should be the obvious choice for most people when you compare it against Tripp Lite BC500 listed above.

In my opinion, most Tripp Lite battery backup surge protectors offer the best value for the price you pay for. It is definitely true for AVR750U.

Tripp Lite BC500 reviewed above truly pales in features and value if you were to compare them apple to apple. With this Tripp Lite AVR750U battery backup surge protector, not only do you get surge protection for both DSL and TEL, Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) feature is also included.

Automatic voltage regulation is a built-in function that helps correct abnormal voltages (high and low voltage conditions) without you having to shutdown your computer and other essential devices. In the long run, this will help preserve precious battery charges and lifespan of the UPS battery.

Having AVR feature for a UPS at such price point is definitely a huge plus in my book. I also like the fact that I do not have to wake up in the middle of the night just to attend to nuisance beeping caused by super brief power outages that are hardly noticeable. The audible alarm will only sound during onset of critical alerts like prolonged power disruptions.

AVR750U comes with 450 watts of power which means you will have run time of up to 3 minutes (enough to shutdown your computer and others) even if you used up all 12 outlets and get it up to full load (450 watts).

Tripp Lite offers peace of mind warranty of 3 years on top of the lifetime insurance for all connected equipment. 🙂

Tripp Lite AVR750U

Specification Table

Dimensions 12.01 x 7.01 x 4.02 inches
Net Weight 15.3 pounds (6.94 kg)
Waveform Type Pure Sine Wave
Topology Line Interactive
Transfer Time 6 ms
Recharge Time 8 hours
Full Load Run Time 3 minutes at 450 watts
PROS:
  • 12 (5-15R) Outlets
  • 750 VA/450 Watts
  • 360 Joules Rating
  • 3 minutes of run time at Full Load (450 Watts)
  • Protect against blackouts, brownouts and over-voltages
  • Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR)
  • Muted Battery Alarm (Non-critical only)
  • Diagnostic LEDs display power conditions (GREEN indicates power status and operating mode / RED indicates battery-low, overload, replace battery and fault conditions)
  • USB Communication Port
  • Surge/Noise Protection (EMI/RFI)
  • Tel/Network Protection via RJ45 Jacks
  • 3 Years warranty with lifetime insurance for connected equipment
CONS:
  • Lack of USB charging ports

Tripp Lite 750VA UPS Battery Backup, 450W AVR Line Interactive, USB, Ultra-Compact (AVR750U),Black

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6CyberPower CP800AVR Review

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CyberPower CP800AVR AVR UPS System, 800VA/450W, 8 Outlets, CompactCyberPower is very well known for their good quality product so when it comes producing battery backup surge protectors, it is not hard to imagine they will excel at it too.

CP800AVR UPS from CyberPower is not affordable if you were to compare it to the likes of the 2 Tripp Lite models I reviewed above. But that does not mean they are not providing value for the asking price.

While the price point may be on the high side in terms of features, it may be noting that the GreenPower UPS Bypass feature alone is already worth more than the asking price. GreenPower UPS Bypass is a patent design by CyberPower that helps with reducing energy consumption, noise and building up of heat. Power from utility will bypass the UPS transformer when AC power is “healthy”.

In the long run, you will obviously get to enjoy lower monthly electricity bill. Definitely worth the price in my opinion. 🤑

This CyberPower CP800AVR UPS also comes with automatic voltage regulation (AVR) which helps in the correction of minor power up and down swings without the need to switch over to UPS power. As a result, you will get to enjoy longer UPS battery lifespan.

With $200,000 connected equipment guarantee and 3 years warranty, I recommend giving CP800AVR a try if you are into trimming down utility bill and being Eco-friendly at the same time. 🙂

CyberPower CP800AVR

Specification Table

Dimensions 3.5 x 11 x 6.5 inches
Net Weight 14.6 pounds (6.62 kg)
Waveform Type Simulated Sine Wave
Topology Line Interactive
Transfer Time 4 ms
Recharge Time 8 hours
Full Load Run Time 1.2 minutes at 450 watts
PROS:
  • 8 (NEMA 5 15R) outlets including 4 Transformer-Spaced outlets
  • 800VA/450W
  • GreenPower UPS Bypass Design
  • Audible Alarms (Input Fault, Battery Fault, Low Battery and Overload)
  • 6ft Power Cord
  • LED Indicators (Power On & Wiring Fault)
  • 1030 Joules Rating
  • ENERGY STAR® Certified
  • Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR)
  • 3 Years Warranty, $200,000 connected equipment guarantee
CONS:
  • Lack of USB Charging Port
  • Short Run time during Full Load

CyberPower CP800AVR AVR UPS System, 800VA/450W, 8 Outlets, Compact

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7Forza NT-751 UPS Review

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Forza- UPS 750VA- 375W Battery Backup, Surge Protector- Uninterruptible Power Supply- 6 Outlets

At first glance, I have to admit I was visually attracted by Forza NT-751’s modern aesthetics, especially the LED visual indicators.

Beyond its good look, I do understand that not many homeowners have heard of Forza. Forza Power Technologies is one of the recognized global providers of energy efficient product ranging from UPS, voltage regulators to surge protectors and power strips.

Forza NT-751 is not jam-packed with features by any means but it has it’s own merits in terms of features. Besides offering power outage and surge protection, it also comes with voltage protection and regulation.

Interestingly, it comes with a fast recharging time of 6 hours to 90% following a complete discharge although the joule rating is rather low at only 200J. Although Forza does not have lots of bells and whistles but it does offer essential features like battery self test and automatic voltage regulation and thermofuse protection.

Like most surge protectors, it also comes with MOV technology and power filters to help reduce electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI).

This 6 outlet UPS from Forza comes with a 3 years warranty.

With an affordable price and a direct replacement program, there is really no harm in trying out this UPS.

Forza NT-751

Specification Table

Dimensions 5.59 x 3.98 x 10.98 inches
Net Weight 9.04 pounds (4.1 kg)
Waveform Type Simulated Sine Wave
Topology Interactive
Transfer Time 2 – 4 ms
Recharge Time 6 hours to 90%
Full Load Run Time About 1 minute at 375 watts
PROS:
  • 750A/375 watts of power
  • 6 outlets: 5 outlets with surge protection, battery back up and voltage regulation +1 outlet surge protection only
  • Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR)
  • MOV Technology
  • Resettable Circuit breaker
  • Thermofuse Protection
  • EMI/RFI Noise Filtering
  • Audible Alarm
  • Built-in Data line protection
  • LED Visual Indicator
  • 3 Year Warranty
CONS:
  • Only 200 Joules rating
  • Power cord is only 3 ft
  • Lack of USB charging port
  • Lack of USB Comm Port

Forza- UPS 750VA- 375W Battery Backup, Surge Protector- Uninterruptible Power Supply- 6 Outlets

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8Vertiv Liebert PST5 Review

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Vertiv Liebert PST5 500VA 300W UPS with Battery Backup & Surge Protection, Eight outlets and a Three-Year, Full Unit Warranty (PST5-500MT120)Vertiv Liebert is another energy efficient battery backup surge protector you should consider if you are into trimming down that ever increasing utility bill of yours.

Besides being Energy Star Certified, this eight outlet UPS offers multiple mounting capabilities as well as advanced early warning of shutdown.

In addition to that, you will be happy to know that it also provide surge protection for data lines (RJ45/11) and EMI/RFI noise filters.

This UPS unit from Vertiv Liebert comes with a 3 year full unit coverage including battery with no-hassle replacement warranty.

If you need a simple yet reliable and affordable UPS battery backup surge protection device that can be mounted at hidden places like under the desk, this is probably the best model to go for.

Vertiv Liebert PST5

Specification Table

Dimensions 6.24 x 12 x 3.82 inches
Net Weight 7.7 pounds (3.49 kg)
Waveform Type PWM Simulated Sinewave
Topology Standby
Transfer Time 6 – 8 ms
Recharge Time 12 hours
Full Load Run Time 3 minutes at 300 watts
PROS:
  • 8 Outlets with 4 outlets for UPS/Surge Protection and remaining 4 for surge protection only
  • 4 minutes of run time under Full Load
  • RJ45/11 Data line protection
  • 300 Watt power
  • Audible Alarm
  • Multiple Mounting Capabilities
  • 6ft power cord
  • Energy Star Certified
  • 316 Joules Rating
  • 3 Year Warranty with No-hassle Replacement
CONS:
  • Lack of USB Charging port

Vertiv Liebert PST5 500VA 300W UPS with Battery Backup & Surge Protection, Eight outlets and a Three-Year, Full Unit Warranty (PST5-500MT120)

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Marc Edwards is the co-founder of GagtheSurge and is actively involved in writing review and information articles for the site. He loves traveling and has been to most of the countries across the four major continents. Besides working and traveling, he also enjoys jungle explorations and deep sea diving.