When you buy a UPS, it’s important to buy the model that has a higher wattage/volt ampere rating because the back-up time for your devices during power-cuts, and the number of electronic devices you can connect with the UPS, greatly depends on this factor. At the same time, the cost of the UPS is also important. The best thing to do, under such circumstances, is to buy a popular/best-selling UPS model with a sufficiently high Wattage/Volt Ampere rating.
The CyberPower Line-Interactive UPS CP1500AVRLCD (1500 VA, 900 W) is one such UPS. It’s a mini-tower model that supports 900 W/1500 VA (max) of connected electronic equipment. This UPS has got a blue LCD display that show vital usage parameters and there are a total of 8 surge-protected power outlets, out of which four work in UPS mode. The included PowerPanel personal edition software can save files and safely shut-down the PC during power-cuts, even if you are not physically present near the computer/UPS. Let us have a more detailed look at this UPS model and find out what makes it so popular.
Important Specifications of CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD UPS:
- Topology: Line-Interactive (Can automatically adjust the incoming line-voltage instead of switching over to UPS mode frequently, while drawing power from mains. This saves a lot of power/heat.)
- Plug type: NEMA 5-15P
- Voltage/Frequency: 90-140 Vac/60 Hz
- Rated: 1500 VA/ 900 W
- Waveform: Simulated Sine-wave
- Outlets: 8 x Surge Protected (4 x UPS/Battery)
- Overload protection: Yes, Circuit Breaker
- Run-time at half-load/full-load: 11 min/3 min
- Battery: Sealed Lead Acid, 2 x 12V/8.5AH, User replaceable
- Battery recharge time: 8 hours
- Display: Yes, LCD
- Communication Ports: USB, Serial
- Alarm: Audible (On battery, low battery, overload)
- Management: PowerPanel Personal edition software, Optional remote monitoring unit
- Dimensions/Weight: 4″ x 9.75″ x 13.25″/25 lb
- Warranty: 3 years
Further information/Features: CyberPower web-page.
The main function of any UPS is to provide electric power electric/electronic equipment for (at least) a short-time, during power-cuts. But a UPS could also be used to protect electronic equipment during brownouts, surges/spikes and voltage fluctuations. This model comes with EMI/RFI filters, as well. If there are too many storms or if the voltage fluctuates a lot in your area, connecting electronic products behind a UPS might be safer.
Connecting a computer behind a UPS is critical because it prevents the OS from getting corrupted (due to arbitrary shutdowns). If you connect the modem/router with the UPS, you can keep browsing for some time, perhaps sufficient enough to finish urgent work, even after a power cut. If you have a home-server/NAS (storage appliance), do try to connect it behind a UPS so that access to them is available (at least) for sometime after power-cuts.
The sufficiently large LCD screen on the CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD UPS shows the current load, time-left for functioning of the UPS under current load, battery capacity, charging info, etc. This info can come in very handy during power-cuts, as lights instantly go off during such times and it is easier to operate the UPS and stay informed about backup power at all times.
The Cyberpower CP1500AVRLCD allows users to switch off the beeping sound, if required. Some fan noise will be there, but fan will operate only while charging. Hence, when the UPS is drawing power from the mains (which will be the normal operation for majority of the time), fans will be quiet.
This UPS model has 8 surge-protected power outlets, but only four receive back-up power from the UPS. It is prudent to connect critical equipment like Modem/Router, computer CPU, monitor, home-server, NAS, etc. to the UPS sockets and non-critical equipment like printer, scanner, etc. to the Surge-only sockets.
Please do not connect high-power equipment (esp. with motors) like paper shredders, electric iron, laser printer, etc. to the UPS. The UPS will beep upon overload, hence try unplugging one/two devices from the UPS socket. Do not connect power strips either from or to the UPS. Certain high-end computers/electronics require pure sine-wave input instead of the simulated sine-wave input provided by this UPS. There is a different UPS model for that. Please check this info before you buy.
With the included software, it is possible to program your computer to auto-shut down during power outage and auto restart after the power comes back. For Mac users, the UPS will work with the default control panel settings in Mac.
Typical life of UPS batteries is 3-5 years. If batteries in your old UPS are down, it maybe better to buy a new UPS instead of changing the batteries for the old model, as there is little cost difference between the two and you get a much smaller/smarter model. This UPS model comes with a 3-year warranty and connected equipment guarantee.
The mini-tower form factor makes it easy to place it in a corner or just below the network rack. If you want to place the UPS inside a rack, have a look at the rack-mountable UPS models. This UPS is smaller and quieter than others and is Energy Star certified, thereby guaranteeing maximum power efficiency.
The UPS also provides protection for phone, network and cable connections as you can connect them through it. The widely spaced power outlets ensure that you can connect bulky power adapters to every port, without problems.
For the price, this UPS offers plenty of power, features and future-proofing.
Price (USD)/Buy from (USA): Amazon web-page for,
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