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Load shedding is a reality we tech people have to face with battery backups.
These UPS, or uninterruptible power supplies, are key for anyone using equipment on dirty power, but also if you need to keep your tech running if Eskom switches off the plug.
Taking a look at reviews from users on Takealot, we list the best rated UPS units in three different price ranges: sub-R750, sub-R1200, and sub-R1700.
Note: we’re using Takealot’s user reviews because of the sheer number of reviews on the site for these units.
We have however listed prices and availability info from a number of other online stores.
Additionally, we’ve not reviewed any of these UPS either. This piece merely serves as a guide.
RCT 650VA Line Interactive UPS
- Available at ComX Computers for R625 | First Shop for R618.62 | PC Link Computers for R614 | PC Shopper for R609 | RebelTech for R609 | Raru for R590 | Takealot for R549 | Titan Ice for R729
- 60 reviews with 4.2 star rating
According to the manufacturer, this UPS charges in four hours, features auto-voltage regulation and has a max transfer time of 10ms. It has a maximum load rating of 360W.
It includes a USB cable, two male-to-female UPS-to-PC cables, but no AC power cord.
Reviews highlight that this UPS has a South African three-prong plug for power strips, but also features kettle plug connections.
Users report that — like most UPS — it beeps every 10-15 seconds in battery mode, and this cannot be switched off.
Others also suggest that it’ll keep an ADSL router powered for 2.5 hours.
RCT 850VA Line Interactive UPS
- Available at Geewiz for R777 | Raru for R695 | RebelTech for R719 | Takealot for R649 | Titan Ice for R849
- 40 reviews with 3.9 star rating
This UPS recharges in four hours, features a 10ms transfer time, and support for up to a load of 480W.
It also comes with two male-to-female UPS-to-PC power cables and a single USB cable. It does not comes with an AC power cord to power the UPS.
Additionally, it also has a three prong South African power plug at the back.
One users suggests that his unit failed after three years, but when it did function, it could power an ADSL router for two hours.
Others suggest that the unit died within 13 months.
Newer reviews simply suggest that the unit “works well”.
Mecer 2000VA Line Interactive UPS
- Available at Geewiz for R1707 | PC Shopper for R1709 | Takealot for R1599 | Weable for R1689.95 | Wootware for R1599
- 107 reviews with 4.2 star rating
This UPS is a lot larger, but features pretty much the same specs as above, including the three prong South African plug. It has load support of 1200W.
Reviews suggest this unit will power a 32 inch LCD TV and Android TV box for two hours, or a PS4 and 55 inch TV for an hour.
Others however note that their unit was faulty, in one case frying their monitors.
Others note that the UPS had an acidic smell when in use.
Editor’s note: Updated on 18 March 2019 to reflect the latest prices and ratings.
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