MGE Evolution 1150VA review
At just over £200, the Evolution 1150VA looks good value. The 1,150VA unit will provide decent protection in a blackout, as the UPS can feed a load of 345W for 22 minutes, better than the others here.
The small LEDs on the front panel show load and battery charge levels, and there are separate indicators for faults. There are only four outlets, but two of them are programmable. You connect critical equipment to the upper sockets and anything you can safely lose to the lower two, and program options such as immediate or delayed shutdown from the management software. The ability to delay power to these sockets when AC power is returned is handy.
No comms protection ports are provided, but the USB port is used for local monitoring via the Personal Solution Pac software. The status screen provides a simple bar graph for battery charge and information about loads, charge status and so on, and you can access all UPS settings from here.
If you want network shutdown facilities, you’ll need the optional management card. This is accessed using the Network Shutdown Module on the systems you want protected. You then decide how and when systems are to be powered down during a prolonged power failure, and send out warning messages via broadcast and email. The card’s web interface allows you to see how the battery is holding up, schedule automatic UPS shutdowns and restarts, and program the lower power outlets.
The Evolution looks good value, but this is offset by the smaller number of outlets and the fact that managing multiple systems will cost extra.
|UPS battery capacity||N/A|
|UPS mains power outputs||4|
|Dimensions||147 x 418 x 234mm (WDH)|