Tripp Lite SMART1500LCD Review

8 outlets and a rackmount option make the SMART1500LCD an excellent UPS

Picture of the Tripp Lite SMART1500LCD UPS

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The Tripp Lite SMART1500LCD UPS is a fantastic choice for any high-end computer system or small server.

The best thing about the SMART1500LCD is the ability to either rackmount the UPS or stand it upright in a tower design. This much flexibility in a 1500VA UPS is hard to find.

If you're a power user looking for an affordable rackmount UPS then you can stop shopping around, as the Tripp Lite SMART1500LCD was made just for you.

A newer, non-rackmount version of this battery backup is the SMART1500TLCD.

Pros and Cons

There are tons of great features in this UPS:

What We Like
  • 8 outlets providing battery backup

  • Hardware included for rackmount or tower configuration

  • AVR compensates for a wider-than-average range of voltage irregularities

  • Ready out of the box - no battery connecting required

  • Weighs under 30 lbs

What We Don't Like
  • Current output level and estimated runtime are not shown on the LCD

More About the SMART1500LCD Battery Backup

  • The maximum output capacity on the SMART1500LCD UPS is 900 Watts.
  • The unit features eight battery-connected outlets, providing backup for every attached device.
  • SMART1500LCD can "cold start" meaning it can turn on without any input power.
  • Battery charge takes around 5 hours but the UPS will probably come at least partially charged.
  • The battery in the SMART1500LCD is pre-connected so setup is very easy.
  • A bright, rotating LCD panel displays input voltage, battery capacity, and various other indicators.
  • Rackmount hardware and USB cable are included with the SMART1500LCD UPS.
  • Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) balances input voltage from 75V to 147V, helping to extend battery life.
  • PowerAlert management software is available for free from Tripp Lite's website.
  • This UPS weighs under 30 lbs, average for battery backup devices in this class.

Tripp Lite's SMART1500LCD UPS is a superb choice if you're after a 1500VA battery backup. The SMART1500LCD might be a bit much for an economy PC but this excellent UPS from Tripp Lite is the perfect fit for anyone with a higher-end computer, a business workstation or small server, or a media center PC.

The standout feature of the SMART1500LCD, especially when compared to other 1500VA UPS offerings from Tripp Lite, is its rackmount and tower configurations. It uses only 2U in a rack and takes up very little floor or desktop space when configured as a tower. Don't underestimate the flexibility of installation with a UPS as some can be notoriously hard to place around a computer system.