There are those who think the Internet should always be working and never have any problems. But in the real world the only way to avoid trouble is to anticipate it and seek a solution before it’s needed. So while a person will agonize over the right kind of router or modem to buy for their home network, there’s no thought of how to keep that router or modem properly fueled. Because we all know that the electric lines are far from perfect, with the grid having minute outages in some areas and the chance of a transformer blowing or an electric line being knocked down by wind or from an accident being uncommon that one would think.
So to solve that problem, call in an Uninterruptible Power Supply. A UPS’ function is simple: it’s a battery backup that supplies constant power to a device so that if the power goes out — be that momentarily or for minutes or longer — for all the device knows, nothing has occurred. And when you consider just how long it takes for a home network to reboot after a power loss, the need for a UPS can’t be overstated. That’s the one very important reason for getting APC’s BGE50ML Back-UPS Connect, Network UPS & Mobile Power Pack, because it’s been made to provide backup power specifically tailored to the needs of the home network.
The BGE50ML supplies over 2 hours of continuous battery power, should the electricity completely conk out. That’s good, but even better is that APC had a thought: why not make the battery in the BGE50ML removable so that a spare could be inserted in place of the first, should a power failure last longer than the battery time? As good a thought as that was, APC then went one better with “why not make the battery function as a power pack?” So they did. The BGE50ML’s battery is not only removable but has 3 USB ports for electricity sipping devices to connect onto. One of the ports is even “smart” and able to dispense the amount of power needed, depending on what device is being attached (for example, a tablet which has a higher amperage requirement).
Because the battery pack has to be powerful enough to drive the home network devices, in its use as a battery power pack a smartphone will find about 5X the amount of power needed. Of course there’s LEDs to indicate the charge remaining as well as a “low battery” indicator. Another really good point is that you can charge a device connected to the battery at the same time the battery itself is being charged because it’s back in its connection cradle. And as regards the whole electrical connection business, there’s two AC outlets for plugging in other devices (and the outlets themselves rotate for a plug to have an easier fit).
The BGE50ML Back-UPS Connect, Network UPS & Mobile Power Pack (retail $139.99) is at heart an uninterruptible power supply, and that’s a very good thing. Add in all the extras and there’s really no good reason for “making do” without it.