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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
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!
First, this is my first APC, as well as my first battery backup, product. I’ve owned a number of surge protectors in the past, but since I had purchased a new computer, I wanted to try a backup device.
After a deal of research, I finally went with this one, after the value for the money, and the positive reviews APC had received.
This model offers 10 outlets, of which 5 can run off of the battery. This also offers a master, and three ‘slave’ outlets. This means that if the master is off, the three outlets can optionally be shut off as well (helpful for printers, monitors, speakers, …) It’s optional, so you can shut it off (which I did).
It also offers a USB connection, so you can monitor the status of the battery using APC PowerChute Personal Edition.
Along with charge percentage, it gives the number of volts being passed into it, and the watt load on the battery, which seems to translate into a battery estimate (how long equipment can run).
PowerChute offers a couple of options, for when the power goes off – preserve the battery, or keep the computer on for as long as possible.
Having had a blackout, albeit at night, I can suggest what I had happen. First, my computer appears to have been put to sleep. When it started back up, SpeedFan began running my two fans at 100%. In short, the battery handled the blackout perfectly.
If you’re worried about alarms going off at night, there are settings to disable the alarm between particular hours, or disable it entirely.
Finally, while this comes with a battery, they do recommend you replace these every three years. You can run self-tests manually to verify the battery. I did have a bit of trouble when first hooking up the battery, but it was relatively minor.
(As a guy who’s interested in statistics, I would also have liked to have been able to pull more information from PowerChute – for example, via a battery log of what’s happening when I’m not at my computer. Granted, it’ll tell you when the battery kicks in, but I’d like to know what voltage is being passed, and whether usage watts are spiking or moving throughout the day. What happens when I’m running tasks, or if I have my computer sit for a couple of hours with the monitor off?)
Overall, I’m *extremely* happy with this product, and will *definitely* be purchasing another one of these to hook up my Playstation 3 and Sony Bravia.
Recently, I purchased the BE750G directly from APC’s website. I was uncertain about which UPS would work best with my computer, so I used the online wizards at the APC site to help determine the best UPS. The wizard asks questions about the type of computer you have (tower vs. mini desktop), monitor size, and what other type of peripherals you might have connected to your computer. The wizard will also ask you what type of processor you have. I entered all of this information into the wizard and was presented with the BE750G. Click… I made the purchase. Once the UPS arrived, I connected it to my computer following the directions and did a quick self-test of the unit. Within two seconds of clicking the self-test button in the provided Power Chute software, all power to my computer was dropped and it went off.
I called APC tech support and they asked me what type of computer I had. I explained that it was a Dell Studio XPS 435T with the new Core i7-920 processor. The tech support representative did a bit of research and found that the power supply in my computer is not compatible with the APC unit I had purchased. I was told that the BE750G provides power in or as a “stepped approximation to a sinewave” when on battery power and that the power supply in my computer required a UPS that provides a “pure sinewave” when on battery power. It all sounded like Greek to me, I just knew it didn’t work.
Okay, so time to return this paper weight back to APC for a refund. But hold on, APC wants to charge me a 15% restocking fee even though it was their website that told me the unit would work with my computer! Aggravating! I’m still waiting to negotiate a peace agreement with APC over this, but have learned a valuable lesson. Do your research!
Although the BE750G doesn’t work with my computer, I’m 100% certain that it would work with older computers. I’m so confident of this that I purchased a second APC unit (SMT750) for my home office. This one should work. APC products good. APC sales… not so good.