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The Back-UPS ES offers serious value for protecting your home and home office computer systems. Completely redesigned to use less power during normal operation, the Back-UPS ES provides enough backup power for you to work through short- and medium-length power outages. It also safeguards your equipment from damaging surges and spikes that travel along your utility and data lines. Additional features like an audible alarm, LED status indicator, user replaceable battery, push-button circuit breaker and transformer-block spaced outlets make the Back-UPS ES the perfect unit to protect your productivity from the constant threat of power outages and lost data.
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Protect Your Equipment
The APC BE550G boasts eight surge-protected power outlets total, with four offering battery backup. Backup runs for three minutes at full load (330W) and 13 minutes at half (165W), giving you plenty of time to close files and protect data during power outages.
Battery Failure Notification
Get early-warning fault analysis on batteries, so you can take action before it's too late.
Resettable Circuit Breaker
Easily recover from overloads without the need to replace a fuse.
Provides temporary battery power when the utility power is out.
Disconnected Battery Notification
Get a warning when a battery is not available to provide backup power.
Data Line Surge Protection guards against surges and spikes traveling over an analog phone line.
APC's PowerChute software automatically saves open files and gracefully shuts down your computer during extended outages.
Dataline Surge Protection
Protect your connected equipment from power surges that may occur over data lines.
The BE550G's periodic battery self-test ensures early detection of a battery that needs replacing–no need for you to check manually.
Perform upgrades and replace batteries yourself. Hot-swappable batteries ensure clean, uninterrupted power to protected equipment while you replace them. No tools necessary.
Connect to your PC / Mac to manage your UPS using the native shutdown support or APC's PowerChute software
Transformer-Block Spaced Outlets
Convenient spacing allows you to protect equipment with input transformer blocks (aka "wall warts") without blocking access to other receptacles.
Intelligent Battery Management
Maximize battery performance, life, and reliability thanks to intelligent, precision charging.
Tested and approved to work safely with the connected service provider equipment and within the specified environment.
Lifetime Data Recovery Warranty
Get a little peace of mind with a warranty that includes professional data recovery services in the event data is lost due to the failure of the unit.
LED Status Indicators
Quickly understand unit and power status with visual indicators.
What's in the Box
APC BE550G, USB cable, User Manual
- Brand Name: : APC
- Model: : BE550G
- Item Height: : 3.31 inches
- Item Length: : 7.01 inches
- Item Width: : 12.01 inches
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 12 x 3.3 inches ; 13 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 14 pounds
- Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
- ASIN: B0019804U8
- Item model number: BE550G
- Date first available at Amazon.com: May 9, 2008
I ordered this for my new computer, and we had a power flicker just a few hours after I set it up! It worked perfectly. There is software included that will let you check the status of the battery and tell the unit what to do if it loses power (such as turn off the computer). Very useful!
Two things to note:
1) Make sure you connect the battery! There’s a note on it to do this, but just in case you get in an unwrapping frenzy, you have to turn it over and slide the cover off in order to do that.
2) Only 4 of the outlets are powered by the battery- the other 4 are JUST surge protection. So if you want more than 4 items plugged into the battery, you may want to upgrade to a different model! It works perfectly for me though!
Plug and Play Operation on Mac OS X 10.5.5
So far I’m very pleased…I purchased this to safeguard my fiancee’s Mac Mini. Setup was a breeze, just connect the battery, charge, plug in the AC and connect the data port to the Mac’s USB port. The Mac instantly recognized the UPS in the Energy Saver section of System Preferences and provided me with several automated shutdown options…no additional software or configuration was necessary.
Good Basic UPS
Great product. We use these at the company I work for. They are great in the case of a “flicker” in power, no lost data. Or in the case of a longer outage, this gives you approx. 3-5 minutes to save what you are working on and shut down your computer. In my eyes, 4 receptacles on battery is plenty. All you really need is monitor and tower, all other peripherals can be plugged into surge protector. I would absolutely recommend this unit and we plan to purchase more in the future.
A Nearly Perfect Backup UPS for Home Use
I wanted a UPS back-up power system that would enable me to operate my PC (tower unit), 19 in monitor, all-in-one printer/fax/copier/scanner and router for a nominal 15 minutes following complete loss of power. The APS E8 meets the requirement for back-up outlets and back-up duration. The unit is relatively compact as the backed-up outlets are stacked over the 4 surge protected only outlets. The outlet functions are clearly marked. My only complaint is that the outlets should have been placed a little further apart to accomodate older equipment that uses plug mounted external transformers. Only 1 back-up & 1 surge protection only outlet are spaced sufficiently away from the others to accomodate such transformers. Otherwise, a transformer or similar oversized device with a plug will cover two outlets, reducing the utility of the box if those outlets are needed.
Works seamlessly with XP
The APC website states this unit will supply power for approximately 13 minutes at 50% draw and approximately 3 minutes at 100%. I plugged it in via the supplied USB and Windows immediately recognized the UPS. It was configurable in the control panel power options – the Powerchute software was not even necessary. I installed it anyway, however, since I was used to using it in business settings (this one is for my home). The software automatically disables the Windows controls and installs a very easy to use application with more options than windows. All in all, a great little UPS. I got this one after returning a Cyberpower unit which was a piece of junk (I fell for the cheaper price but you get what you pay for!)
does the job for a good price
it does the job very well. Comes with software and connects to the computer, it shuts down the computer automatically if you’re not able to. You can check the status and history of all the times it has intervened due to high or low voltage or total loss of voltage. It tells you what the incoming voltage is and the source. This feature alerted me that the utility power coming into my home was too high and I had the power company fix it. It has lots of outlets for all the peripheral equipment with a total of eight, all are surge protected and four have battery backup. There are two transformer outlets one backed up & one not. The battery can be changed easily which my last UPS did not have. In fact my last UPS was purposely made to make it hard to change. My complaints are that the cables to the battery are too short. It came with the battery unhooked and when I hooked it up it was hard to do since the cable was so short. If they added even one more inch it would be much easier. It’s also bigger than I thought so if you buy this you should plan on where to put it. One last complaint is that the high voltage from my utility caused the UPS to shut down my computer instead of going to battery back up until the voltage came back into the range I had it set to. I called their tech support. They responded that they would check into the possible causes and get back to me. They never did get back to me. I solved the problem by calling my power company and they came and fixed the high voltage problem. it has worked fine since then.
Best if used with peripherals only
First off, this won’t be very useful if you’re planning to use it for a TV or larger monitor along with a PC. This size UPS is best for small equipment that you need clean, conditioned, reliable power at all times. I bought this one recently for my 1TB NAS + wireless router, and that’s it. This really is cheap insurance as compared to data loss that could happen with a brown out or worse. Again, I can’t stress enough that if you’re looking for a UPS for your tower PC & monitor along with a printer/scanner or HDTV & gaming console, have a look at a 900VA at the least.