Uninterruptible power supplies used to be the province of server rooms and corporate environs almost exclusively, but as with a lot of other technology, they've started to make the move into the consumer space. While Belkin's Battery Backup might not be billed as a UPS, it provides roughly the same functionality. Should your power die, the Battery Backup's cells will kick in, providing roughly 20 minutes of battery power, depending on what's connected. Most importantly, it ought to be enough time to save your work and shutdown your computer.
Four of the six outlets have access to the battery as well as surge protection; the other two are just surge-protected. There are also three RJ11 jacks with surge protection (one in, two out) and a USB port (not really sure what that's for...it says "Delivers fast data-transfer speed"). They also threw in a flashlight that turns on automatically when the power goes out; nice touch. Another nice touch? The $99 pricetag. Pick up a couple when they hit the streets in February.
[via Gizmodo ]