Most Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) battery backups are intended to let you finish what you're doing on your computer then shut it down before a power outage can cause damage. From there, you can then use the remaining battery life to light your home or to power smaller devices such as smartphones. Each of the following best UPS battery backups for Mac fits that bill in different ways.
The portable choice
Weighing just 17 pounds, this portable power source delivers 600W of power and allows you to connect up to five devices at once. The battery will hold a charge for up to one year between uses. This is the UPS I use in my house, and I have had much success with it. It's the one I take along during camping trips to charge my mobile devices. When at home, the device sits next to my desk.
This 2200VA battery backup includes eight outlets, four of which provide UPS battery power backup. The other four offer surge protection only. This model would last around one hour when the power dies, which is plenty of time to turn off your best Mac during an emergency. Check out APC's other options too. Larger UPS devices are sometimes available for less than smaller ones, thanks to Amazon sales.
Durable and convenient
The CyberPower LCD UPS System is available at various price points and styles. This model, the 1000VA, includes six battery backup outlets and six that offer surge protection only. This UPS is ideal if you're new to systems like this since it's priced appropriately and has plenty of ports for most folks with only one MacBook.
Here's a low-cost solution that gets the job done in a pinch. It includes seven outlets, five of which serve as battery backups and surge protection, while the other two only work for surge protection. Expect around 20 minutes of use without power. That's not a lot of time, but it will allow you to safely shut things down during an outage.
Big and bad
Definitely made not to move, this UPS device includes six outlets, four of which are usable for battery backup. It'll run for almost six hours without power. This is the UPS to use with your iMac since it's not at all portable, just like the computer.
One for travel
This 500W portable battery is ideally suited for both indoor and outdoor usage. It provides three AC outlets, four DC ports, and four USB ports. It could also run up to six hours without power, depending on your setup. Of all of the ones on the list, this is the one that interests me the most. For the price, you get lots of ports and hours of power. This looks like a win-win, no?
Back that Mac up
Whether you're in the office or on the road, don't be left without power when you need it most. These best UPS battery backups for Mac are a great way to keep your devices running, even if you have a temporary power outage. My fave is the Ecoflow EFDELTA Portable Power Station because of its easy portability and powerful reliability. You can also charge it with a solar panel if you have one.
If that one is out of your budget, take a look at the ultra-affordable APC UPS 600VA, with seven outlets and 600VA of power. The APC SmartConnect is also a solid choice. It is a stationary unit, but it will certainly get the job done. When looking for a solution, check the number of ports and how long the power will remain during emergencies. You should also check for sales since many of these are often available at a discount.
Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.
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