“As a CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree, the Back-UPS Connect BGE50ML breaks the mold of the traditional UPS by providing lithium-based backup power to both the network and mobile devices for power interruptions lasting hours, and by giving users the option to take that power with them to charge mobiles while on-the-go”
Vice President, Home & Business Networks, Schneider Electric, Colin Campbell commenting on being recognized as 2016 CES Innovation Award Honoree
CES 2016 was very special this year for Schneider Electric, but in a UPS sort of way. The global specialist in energy management and automation was at CES 2016, which ran from January 6th to January 9th 2016 with several of their cutting-edge products.
This was the Back-UPS Connect™ BGE50ML UPS (uninterruptible power supply), for which APC by Schneider Electric was named a CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree in the category of “Portable Power”. APC is the division of Schneider Electric that specializes in their more consumer electronics products, particularly UPS, so this award is highly prized by Schneider Electric, as their division is getting some much-needed publicity.
So what exactly is CES 2016?
CES 2016 – Gambling on Tech in Las Vegas, Nevada since 1976
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) TM, are the producer of CES 2016, hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada since 1976. They recognizing achievements in product design and engineering in twenty seven (27) categories of Products at CES 2016 based on criteria such as:
- Aesthetic and design qualities
- Intended use/function
- User value
- Design and innovation compared to other products in the marketplace
- Unique/novel features present
A panel of independent industrial designers and engineers judge the products and hand out well-deserved awards. There is also recognition from members of the trade media and industry to honor outstanding design and engineering in consumer electronics products. One caught the judges eye and managed to snag an award for the company.
Entries are evaluated on their engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, how the design and innovation of the product directly compares to other products in the marketplace and unique/novel features present. Products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting edge tech products and services coming to market.
So APC by Schneider Electric, who are involved in the Consumer Electronics space, saw CES 2016 as the marketplace to be to show off their Back-UPS Connect™ BGE50ML UPS; a technological mecca for devotees of all thing Consumer Electronics!
Schneider Electric’s Back-UPS Connect BGE50ML – Portable battery charger meets UPS
The Back-UPS Connect™ BGE50ML is a first-of-its-kind combination UPS and mobile power packs. This makes for some interesting specs for the Back-UPS Connect™ BGE50ML:
- 2 110V AC power Rotating outlets
- 3 USB charging ports
- 2 hrs of stored power
The fast-charging mobile power pack stores its power in an internal lithium-ion battery that can provide the following:
- 5 or more charges to a smartphone
- 1 full charge to a tablet
Albeit an over-glorified Portable battery charger like the ones described in my article How to extend your smartphone’s battery Life with a Portable Battery Charger, it also provides UPS protection to home networking equipment including:
- VoIP phones
2.5 hrs of stored power of safe charging for your gadgets and protection for home networking equipment during storms and outages is critical, as power surges are common during these events.
Having the Back-UPS Connect™ BGE50ML means you’re home networking equipment will stand up to the elements am maintain communications when its needed, to quote Vice President, Home & Business Networks, Schneider Electric, Colin Campbell: “The home network has become an integral part of life, providing a critical link to family, friends and remote work environments. Power emergencies break that link during the time we potentially need it the most”.
Being recognized by your peers is always an honour. But if staying connected in a storm matters to you, then the APC by Schneider Electric Back-UPS Connect™ BGE50ML is the gadget to purchase.
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