This Compact Device Keeps Small Electronics Running on Emergency Power

Illustration for article titled This Compact Device Keeps Small Electronics Running on Emergency Power

A UPS—or uninterruptible power supply—beneath your desk can be a lifesaver if your building loses electricity while you're working. However, most people don't own one because a UPS is typically designed for power-hungry desktop computers and end up being heavy and expensive—but not APC's new tiny and cheap Back-UPS Connect 70.

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After all, it's rare to find someone still using a desktop computer, at least at home. Most of us have switched to laptops, and that's who APC is targeting with this $50 UPS. It's got three outlets designed to provide emergency backup power to smaller electronics. And if all you've got plugged in is a modem and router, it will keep them running for almost three-and-a-half hours—which is plenty of time to finish up what you're doing or find a place to relocate. [APC via iLounge]

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This might be exactly what I was looking for. I have a rack in my equipment closet which houses my server and a/v equipment. Both of those each have their own UPS, but I also have some smaller home automation devices that I wanted to have on battery backup. I'm wondering how big this thing really is. I could just throw it on a shelf with the equipment and be done with it. I don't care about monitoring or anything so this would be perfect (though monitoring would be a bonus).


Now to just wait for it to be in stock on Amazon (though it is the same price as APC sells it for :( )