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Loadshedding is a reality that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. These UPS towers, or uninterruptible power supplies, are among the best-rated in South Africa and are key if you need to keep your tech running during power outages.
Taking a look at reviews from users on Takealot, we’ve listed the best-rated units locally. Many of these units come in different VA capacities. We’ve included the best-rated device for each brand, but feel free to explore different capacities of the same product.
Note: We’re using Takealot’s user reviews because of the sheer number of reviews on the site for these units. We looked at devices with high ratings and 15 or more reviews. We have however listed prices and availability info from a number of other online stores.
Additionally, we’ve not reviewed any of these UPSs. This piece merely serves as a guide.
Before actually buying a UPS, we recommend reading our guide on what to look for when you buy a UPS so that you understand the jargon and technicalities and don’t splurge on a system you don’t need.
Mecer Winner Pro 3000VA On-Line Tower UPS
15 reviews with 4.7-star rating
The Mecer Winner Pro 3000Va UPS is for users who need an advanced, on-line uninterruptible power supply with a variety of features to protect equipment.
This UPS comes with AVR, monitoring software, and built-in surge protection. It is also compatible with generators.
Its rating makes it the best rated on-line UPS on Takealot with 15 or more reviews.
VIZIA UPS Multi-Voltage 5-12V Battery Bank
100+ reviews with 4.5 star rating
This Vizia was one of the highest-rated UPS on Takealot at the time of writing, with over 100 reviews and a 4.5-star rating.
The UPS allows you to select your voltage output, with options of 5, 7.5, 9, and 12V.
According to its product description, it’s ideal for backing up the power to Wi-Fi routers and CCTV cameras, with up to 5 hours of battery life. You can also use it as a regular power bank for smartphones.
Takealot: R2 000
Mecer 1000VA Line Interactive
100+ reviews with a 4.5-star rating
This is the best rated line-interactive UPS on the list, featuring boost-and-buck AVR along with cold start functionality.
While not as advanced as an on-line UPS, it features more functionality than an off-line version.
Takealot: R1 699
KSTAR Powercom 600VA Line Interactive UPS
50+ reviews with 4.3-star rating
The KSTAR Powercom 600VA Line Interactive tower is a smaller UPS with a built-in self-diagnostic function and optional generator compatibility.
It also comes with fast-charging functionality and an affordable price.
The downside is that it has a beeping feature that annoys some users. But we have a guide on how to disable this beep.
RCT 1000VA Line Interactive
70+ reviews with 4.3-star rating
This RCT device comes with fast-charging, free monitoring software, and boost-and-buck AVR.
Most users who reviewed the device used it to power their PCs and routers for short periods of time.
Eaton 1100VA Line-Interactive UPS
17 reviews with 4.2-star rating
The Eaton 1100VA Line-Interactive UPS is the best-rated among Eaton’s towers, offering AVR as one of its features.
Reviewers note that they mostly use it for supplying power to routers during loadshedding, or to provide a window to shut down sensitive equipment during power outages.
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