This is one of the bigger boys that I had a look at and the price reflects the higher specification in an almost linear way. In other words, this costs more by about the amount I expect given the price of smaller-capacity UPS devices. This unit from APC also has a tower design such as we see from CyberPower, but I think CyberPower definitely edges them out when it comes to the look of the thing. Despite not being particularly cheap, the APC manages to look like it.
This UPS has ten outlets, half with battery power and all with surge protection, so you can protect quite a few of your delicate home automation devices with it.
Like the CyberPower, this UPS power supply has active PFC support such as found in higher-end computer power supplies. It also has automatic voltage regulation, which seems like such a universal feature these days that I wonder if it is worth mentioning in the marketing material at all.
The APC comes with a three-year warranty, which is really excellent for a battery-based device and, most interestingly, you can buy an optional battery pack that will extend the amount of time you can get during an outage. Very useful if you live in a place where you know the power goes out often.
It’s also always welcome to have the LCD display on the front so that I have an idea of how much juice is being sucked up and how fast it is being used. I have also spotted the fact that the power-outage alarm can be silenced with the touch of a button. To me that is a big deal, since lots of UPS devices can only have their alarms silenced through software, and for our purposes we may never in fact connect them to a computer. In the past I have actually been forced to cut speakers out of a UPS, so this sensible feature is greatly appreciated.
There is one fairly big problem though. This is not a pure sine-wave generating unit. So it is incompatible with many newer computer power supplies. If you also want to run a computer off it then make sure your PSU will work with the UPS. Other than that you may definitely want to look into the battery expansion option for longer outages.
Overall this is a strong entry from APC.