Power outages do happen, and when they do, it can be shocking to see your PC suddenly go dark. Did it get zapped? Is your hardware still working? Having a UPS battery backup virtually eliminates any worries, and several models of CyberPower are on sale today at Voot (owned by Amazon). This includes our top pick, the CP1500PFCLCD.
The caveat is that these are factory repaired units rather than brand new. However, it is CyberPower that was in charge of restoring them, according to the description, either itself or through a certified partner. There’s peace of mind, as opposed to some random third-party vendor hawking refurbished models. CyberPower also backs these units with a one-year warranty.
Factory Repair CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS Battery Backup | 1500VA, 1000W | PFC Sinewave | AVR |
$249.99 $160.99 on Voot (Save $89)
Woot (owned by Amazon) is selling a bunch of factory reconditioned UPS battery backup from CyberPower at a huge discount. This includes our favorite model, the CP1500PFCLCD. UPS units aren’t glamorous, but you’ll be glad you bought one if there ever was a power crunch.View Deals
One reason we like the CP1500PFCLCD is that it boasts pure sine-wave output. Most UPS backups in this price range only offer simulated sine-wave output, which is a stepped sine-wave that approximates what’s coming out of your wall outlet. Fake sine-wave is cheap to implement, but some electronics can be sensitive to it.
This model also includes automatic voltage regulation (AVR) to increase AC power as needed to protect a constant voltage level. One advantage of this is that it will tap the battery less frequently.
There are 12 outlets on the back of the unit. Half of these provide both surge protection and battery backup, while the other half offer only surge protection. This gives you enough outlets to provide your PC, monitor, wireless router, cable modem, and any two other items with battery power during an outage.
How long the battery power will keep you on and off depends on your setup. Roughly speaking, CyberPower says there’s enough juice to last 10 minutes at half load or 2.5 minutes at full load. Enough time to save whatever you are doing and shut down your PC safely.