Update: This offer has expired.
This APC Back-UPS 6-outlet UPS is down to $29.95 at B&H. This is part of B&H's DealZone, which means the price is temporary. This UPS sells for $50 in most places. The next best price anywhere is $45 at Best Buy.
An uninterruptible power supply guarantees protection from power surges or lightning strikes. APC is so sure it'll keep your equipment safe there's a lifetime equipment protection policy where APC will replace properly connected equipment that is damaged by a power surge.
The UPS also acts as a backup battery in case the power completely goes out. How long the battery lasts depends on how much stuff you've got plugged in, but it is powerful enough that even if your most powerful electronics are plugged in, like a desktop computer, you should get at least enough time to save everything you're working on and shut down safely. If you aren't drawing too much power, the battery could last much longer.
This device has six outlets with surge protection, with four of them connected to the battery backup. It also has an automatic self-test to determine when the battery might be failing and will let you know with notifications when that's going to happen. Nothing worse than a battery backup that fails when you need it most, but luckily the battery is easy to replace. The system uses audible alarms to let you know when there's a change in power or when a component might be failing.
- What makes this deal worth considering? - If you have a lot of electronics that might be vulnerable in a lightning storm and you've got data you want to keep, you can't go wrong with a simple UPS like this. This price is also the best around.
- Things to know before you buy! - This is the UPS on sale, but there are other options out there. For example, this APC UPS has an extra port and a convenient USB port. This one includes a removable battery that acts like a portable charger. Although these models aren't on sale right now, they have been in the past.
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