Want to make sure your computer doesn’t shut down abruptly in the event of a power outage? You can buy an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with a battery to keep your device running the power goes out.
Now CompuLab has a new UPS designed specifically for small, low-power computers. The fit-Uptime is a compact power supply that can provide up to 3 hours of battery life after the primary power supply cuts out.
The fit-Uptime is available for $68, and it begins shipping in November.
While the fit-Uptime isn’t the cheapest UPS around, it’s certainly one oft he smallest, measuring about 3.1″ x 2.7″ x 1.3″ and weighing about half a pound. That makes the fit-Uptime smaller than an Intel NUC.
It’s designed to work with CompuLab’s line of mini-PCs including the fitlet and fit-PC products. But it can also work with an Intel NUC. The system has an 18 Wh lithium polymer battery and supports DC 12V to DC 19V input and output.
During a blackout, the fit-Uptime provides power from the battery. When the power comes back, the battery will charge at the same time as the UPS supplies power to your computer.
Note that the 3 hour battery life estimate applies to systems that typically use about 5 watts… so you probably don’t want to use this system for anything but a tiny, low-power PC like an Intel NUC or CompuLab Fit-PC.