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Mini UPS targets NUCs and other mini-PCs

Oct 21, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 3,062 views

CompuLab unveiled a “Fit-Uptime” UPS that offers up to three hours of 12V DC backup, designed for its Fit and Intense PCs, Intel’s NUCs, and other mini-PCs.

CompuLab developed its Fit-Uptime uninterrupted power supply for its Linux-ready, AMD and Intel based Fit-PC and Intense PC mini-PCs, especially when used for mission-critical applications in which power outages are not an option. It also works with many other mini-PCs, including Intel NUC, says the company.

Fit-Uptime (left) and shown with MintBox Mini and Intel NUC mini-PCs
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There’s no room for internal UPS circuitry in mini-PCs, and most external UPS devices use AC power and are bulky and expensive. CompuLab saw an opportunity for a compact, low-cost DC-powered UPS designed specifically for mini-PCs.

The $68 Fit-Uptime measures 80 x 68 x 32mm, and can provide up to three hours of 12V battery power during a blackout. It also supports 19V operation, making it compatible with Intel NUC devices.

Fit-Uptime top and side views
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Upon power loss, the device instantly switches to backup-battery power “ensuring the mini-PC does not reset,” says CompuLab. The Fit-Uptime simultaneously powers the mini-PC and recharges the battery. When used with a Fit-PC, a twist-lock prevents the UPS from accidentally becoming disconnected.

Specs listed for the Fit-Uptime include:

  • Capacity — 18 watt hour
  • Input — DC 12V to 19V
  • Output on battery — DC 12V / 5A
  • Output when powered — 12V to 19V / 5A
  • Battery — Lithium polymer, non-replaceable
  • Dimensions — 80 x 68 x 32mm
  • Weight — 240g
  • Plug/jack dimensions — 5.5 x 2.5mm barrel

With Fit-Uptime “issues like bricking, file-system corruption, downtime, and failed reboots are likely to be non-existent,” says CompuLab. The company also notes that especially for large, multi-product installations, the device saves money and improves time-to-market by avoiding the need for exhaustive system testing for reliability before fielding.

Other UPS devices covered on LinuxGizmos include the Juice4Halt. This supercapacitor based micro-UPS is designed specifically for SBCs such as the Raspberry Pi.

Further information

CompuLab’s Fit-Uptime is available now for pre-order for $68 in single quantities, with discounts available for 100+ volumes. Shipments are expected in November. More information is available on the Fit-Uptime product page.

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4 responses to “Mini UPS targets NUCs and other mini-PCs”

  1. Jan says:

    How does this thing communicate a power outage to the connected computer so it can safely shutdown?

  2. Irad Stavi says:

    Signaling to the computer was considered during the design of fit-Uptime and was eliminated in order to keep the device as simple as possible (that is, with no drivers to install and no modification to applications) under the assumption that brown-outs and blackouts lasting several minutes are vastly more common than blackouts lasting hours.

  3. Totor says:

    A mobile usb battery can be used the same way on arm boxes. they consume far less power and can be powered by micro-usb wire generally

    • Irad Stavi says:

      What battery packs generally lack is the fast switching between line power and battery backup (and sometimes charging and powering in parallel). Fast switching is a key element in fit-Uptime design.

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