|APC BR1500LCD 1500VA 865 Watts 8 Outlets BACK-UPS
|List Price: $282.73
Our Price: Too low to display
The Back-UPS RS offers high performance protection for your business and office computer systems. It provides abundant battery backup power, allowing you to work through medium and extended length power outages. It also safeguards your equipment from damaging surges and spikes that travel along utility, phone and network lines. A distinguishing feature of the Back-UPS RS is automatic voltage regulation (AVR). AVR instantly adjusts both low and high voltages to safe levels, so you can work indefinitely during brownouts and overvoltage situations, saving the battery for power outages when you need it most. Award-winning shutdown software automatically powers down your computer system in the event of an extended power outage.
- Output Power Capacity - 865 Watts / 1500 VA
- Max Configurable Power - 865 Watts / 1500 VA
- Nominal Output Voltage - 120V
- Output Frequency (sync to mains) - 60 Hz
- Good service.
Received on time but the 2 clips of batteries cover plate were broken right out of the box (won't hold to the UPS body).
So, 4 stars left for fast customer care and RMA return/exchange. ...more info
- Super Protection
My APS Back-UPS 1500 does its job very well. It replaced 4 older & smaller units. I have 3 computers, 1 monitor, a DSL Modem/Router, and a printer connected to it. Thanks to the aftereffects of Ike, the Back-UPS has been tested several times. It gives me at least 19 minutes to complete my work and shut the system down. That is much better than the maximum of 5 minutes with the older system....more info
- Rock-solid, set it & forget about it!
I have always liked APC products ... I had another backUps that was starting to die (after 12-years and a couple of battery changes).
I got tired of that and decided it was time to buy another one. I paid $198.23 ... HEY, how 'come it's cheaper now!!
Anyway, the LCD red backlit display is very informative ... you don't really need that info. (but it looks cool). I searched reviews high-and-low (& prices, too). APC/Amazon had the answer. Free shipping on such a heavy beast is a great deal!
If you want peace of mind for gear protection ... this unit does the job well. I have a lot of money invested in a music studio and it is well worth the money for the protection that these items bring to the table. I experience quite a few power outages and power bumps in our area, and it (in my opinion) is absolutley a necessity to have my equipment protected by a UPS system.
I know it isn't very fun to buy things like this ... it just sits under the table ... you can't play with it, but it WILL protect you from the evil electrons that may enter and leave your house without warning.
If you care about your investment (computers, TVs, stereos, entertainment systems, etc.) get one before you regret it!
- 8 Outlett review
I use this for one of my servers. The extra outlets are great and the new digital monitoring is nice too.
- Great unit
Seems to be a pretty solid unit. It has logged 26 "events" in the few weeks since I've had it. I'm not sure all of these were significant enough to interrupt my PC operation, but some of them were.
I think I overbought. I have a MacPro with 3 external hard drives, a Neat Receipts scanner, and two MFC devices hooked up (one laser, one inkjet). It only requires 22% of the power (with both printers in energy saver mode). The software to shutdown is Mac OS X 10.5.5 compatible and seems to work o.k. I haven't pulled the power and waited to see if it would power off the machine in an orderly way, but I assume it works. I will test it some time.
The unit says 24 minutes of run time available if I lost power. Given I'm only using 22% of capacity, this is disappointing; however, practically speaking, this is fine. I mainly wanted to avoid damage, and avoid going down for those constant "blips" that make me reset a bunch of clocks in the house when the power loss lasts only a few seconds or less. And practically speaking, I just want time for an orderly shutdown if I am going to lose power for more than a few minutes.
I might buy a smaller unit if I had to do it over again, but I have no complaints about this unit. ...more info
- Does what it was designed to do.
I purchased this to prevent data loss during brown-outs and power outages when I'm here using the computer. I tried the system shut-down software, but it hogs huge amounts of CPU time for no reason. There's no way you can game with the system monitor running because it causes long pauses due to heavy CPU usage. I don't need the auto shut-down anyway. Aside from this, the unit does what it says it does....more info
- Battery with data
After a couple of earlier incarnations of UPS backup products and a bit of scouting, I selected the APC RS1500LCD 1500VA unit for my home office computer. (Thanks to other Amazon reviewers for steering me to precisely the right model; there are many similar offerings from APC). I was not particularly impressed with earlier versions of APC's Power Chute software and didn't install it this time. After plugging in both of my Dell towers into this unit, the readout tells me exactly how much power I'm drawing. Which brings me to the truly outstanding feature of this battery backup: a data readout. You can scroll through the screens and see various data, but the most useful for me is how much power I'm using and when the last power failure was, not to mention the quality of the current you're using. I also like the cable surge protection.
So far, the power has gone out here in stormy Florida a couple of times since I've had the APC 1500, and the unit handled it flawlessly. I have a home generator system, and the APC is perfect for keeping my computers, router, and cable modem up and running while the generator fires up and supplies auxiliary power. It also works great for the power flickers we get here sometimes.
My one slight complaint is that there is not much room to plug in too many of those annoying power blocks that so many peripherals use. I bought a heavy gauge 3 foot extension cord to address the plug space issue.
Reliable backup with surge protection and a data screen that lets you know what is going on. I highly recommend this incarnation from APC....more info
- expensive, but probably worth it
We bought this UPS to protect a new server. It comes with the same APC software that has been around for a few years. The software is easy to use and makes it a breeze to configure the UPS (Admittedly, configuration is an optional step, but I recommend taking the 5 minutes to install the software and check it out. If you don't like it, you can always uninstall the software. The UPS will still work just fine.).
The LED displays are refreshingly complete and understandable.
The bottom line on a UPS is that it fills the power gap for under or over voltage conditions. We have not had any major failures in the month since we installed this unit, but on the other hand, we have not had any false-positives either ... (That was a problem with units from about 10 years ago.)
This is a fairly expensive UPS. It would be overkill to put this on a home computer or simple workstation...But for a server or switch or something that has specific voltage limits, this seems to be a good choice.
- APC BR1500LCD Review
I experienced a power outage within the first month after purchasing the unit. The power went off and on a couple times before going off completely for around 3 hours. It kept power to my DSL modem and router (my desktop computer was off) and also my satellite receiver and TV. It could have powered everything except my TV for over 4 hours. With the TV on it was a little over a half hour. We turned the TV on periodically to check the progress of a baseball game.
The thing I like best is it kept surges from entering my equipment when the power went off and back on a couple times before going off completely.
It certainly has the power to allow normal shutdown of my computer without loss of data if the occasion arises.
I only wish I had been using it over the past few years, since we have had many power outages and surges in my neighborhood. I believe those caused my A/V receiver to fail. ...more info
- Defective right out of the box
I have worked as a software engineer for various companies for 20+ years. I've used APC and Belkin UPSs, among others. In my experience the APCs simply do not last as long. In a leap of (ill conceived) faith,I took a chance on buying an APC BR1500LCD for home use, as I really liked the digital display. It was defective right out of the box. At first it would beep and indicate that the battery was not charged. Then the unit finally died completely with an error code of "F06", which translates to "Relay welding". It's going back to Amazon, and I'm going to stick with Belkin. My last Belkin lasted over 5 years before the battery wore out. Also, beware if you are beyond the 30 day return period and have to deal with APC directly. They will stick you with a reconditioned USED unit to replace your defective one. Not very customer friendly....more info
- so far so good...
I like the unit. I like the extended information available in terms of current load and back up run time based upon that load, battery status, etc. I have simulated power outages and the unit has worked well. I like the additional outlets that are not part of the back up, very practical.
Two things; I did not use the software because I was not connecting a PC so I cannot comment upon it. Second, I can only give it four stars because I haven't actually had to use it in a power outage. But so far so good...
- APC is as tough as the railroad
I have been working for CSX for over 5 years and many types of APC Back-UPS have been used on communications equipment and computers some of the equipment have had lightening strikes with minor issues afterwords and having a battery back up helps to improve safety by giving the employees time to adjust to the changing work conditions. APC has saved CSX several thousands of dollars in equipment and many hours labor.If it is tough enough to handle work load the railroad puts it though then I am very certain that it can handle the abuse my wife will put it though. ...more info
- Outstanding Back-up and Great Company
I have 2 Back-UPS RS 1500's (and an older Back UPS Pro 650 - 5 years old (?) with the original battery) and they have been in service for over 1 year. The performance has been flawless. This area seems to get a fair number of brown outs. Drops in utility power have never created a need to stop working. A few months ago, there was a bad storm that knocked out power. The RS 1500's gave me nearly 30 minutes to complete work and shut the workstations down normally. There was an earlier comment about only having a few minutes to shut down. I suspect that person has an enormous load on their UPS; if that's true, the UPS is undersized for the requirement or a multiple UPS solution may be appropriate.
Over the years I have purchased more than a dozen APC units. I have NEVER had a problem with any of them. Some one mentioned the batteries are expensive. I guess it depends on how you look at it. They ship a new battery to you along with a label to send to old battery back. APC claims the batteries are disposed of in a safe manner. Considering the two way shipping and safe disposal (green if you will), I don't think the cost is excessive.
I read some people love the LED display. To be honest, the only times I have looked at the display were when I first plugged them in so I could see when they were fully charges, and the second time was during the black out to confirm how much time I had.
One should keep in mind APC offers free downloads of new firmware, new software, or new versions of software. I agree with an earlier comment that they have way too many models making the selection process harder than it should be. I don't trust the online "selection wizard" to make the choice for me. I have called the 800 service line more than once to get product advice from a human; I've never been dissatisfied.
Maybe I missed it in other comments, but APC offers an upgrade program. After you have owned your unit for a few years or so, they offer significant discounts to trade your older UPS for new UPS. As I have added hardware in the office and the power needs have increased, the upgrade program has saved money. The old unit is either refurbished for resale or disposed appropriately.
The bottom line for me is that I have used APC products for over 25 years. I've never had a problem. Battery exchanges have always gone smoothly. The upgrade program allows me to get new units that reflect my current needs at a discount. Assuming APC's claims of safe disposal are correct, I feel better knowing the batteries and other pieces aren't in a landfill somewhere. I have no reason to consider any other brand.
- Good UPS
We bought this item as power backup and to noise filter the line for a large screen LCD TV. We live in Northern New Mexico, second only to Florida to lightning. It worked out of the box and was easy to use. We have lost power twice with it on line and it worked well. ...more info
- Broken out of the box
Didn't work right out of the box. Unit would always run on battery & not recognize being plugged into the wall. Asian tech support woman(polite, but very hard to understand) was worthless and ran me through the exact same troubleshooting guide that came in the package. Had to argue with them for an hour in order to get them to send me a new unit and, surprise, surprise, they send me a refurbished unit! So I bought a new item from Amazon and three days later had an old, previously broken one. Guess I should have sent my broken one back to Amazon instead of the company. Oh, but the original box did have the print-out from the tech who tested the battery before it left their warehouse. Shame they didn't test the battery when it was in the actual unit. Based on this experience, and the poor tech support, I would not buy again. There are other name brands out there to try....more info
- Unit does not support Trim function
A great unit; however, the product description and one of the reviews from 2007 are incorrect when they state this unit can protect from a voltage over-run condition.
This unit does not support the voltage Trim function, where the UPS protects from a small voltage over-run condition. It does provide a Boost function to protect from a voltage under-run. Since there is conflicting information on APC's site, I submitted a question to the vendor. Below is their response and my question.
Should you be concerned? Mixed feelings since I've read several posts which indicate that modern power supplies are designed to protect themselves. As far as I can tell, none of the consumer grade UPS systems from APC provide Trim support; only the more expensive commercial units do.
Thank you for contacting APC's email support on 04/21/2009 12:21 PM. I would be happy to assist you.
BX1500LCD model has only Boost mode.
Does the XS series provide both Boost and Trim support?
The product manual indicates that only Boost is supported:
However, the product description as well as your knowledge database, entry 2877, says both Boost and Trim is supported.
Lastly, I read this on the web which indicates only Boost is supported.
- Excellent BR1500LCD!
I've used Tripplite, Belkin, and now the APC BR1500LCD. It is by far the best designed, best made, most compact battery backup I've used, and the LCD display is excellent, showing lots of useful information. After trying out one, we have bought three more BR1500s. I highly recommend APC!...more info
- Great Product - Saved my computer system twice already.
I purchased this to protect my iMac and other computer accessories from power drops and surges. So far the LCD indicator is showing two instances that it saved me. Before I had just a battery backup and i lost my:
Buying another one Soon!!! My 50" plasma took a drop in voltage and broke. Wish I had the APC on that before hand.
I definitely recommend this product....more info
- My first UPS and it works great
Yeah I was amazed how much stuff will run off of this. I have two PC's, two monitors, DSL modem, cable modem and a hub running on it with no problem. Might be nice if the software that comes with it could email you that there's a problem. But hey, that's a software enhancement, not hardware. I like it....more info
- Good reserve power - Common and Cheap replacement batteries!
Normally I stay far away from APC UPS units due to them using rare and expensive batteries. It's because of this that I normally use Belkin units as the batteries are cheaply replaced, and at times, upgraded. With UPS units that see use, battery replacement is a matter of when, not a matter of if.
This unit uses what I consider the "standard" 12v 9ah battery. They can also use the smaller 12v 7.5ah batteries too. The unit takes 2 batteries to get to its 24v requirement, and it's not uncommon to be able to pick up 4 of the batteries for $60. That's a replacement cost of $30 per UPS! I'm sure APC will want you to pay $80 or so for their rebranded batteries though. I didn't realize which batteries it took until after the purchase, something that made it even that more reassuring.
The LCD is a neat feature, but I'd be willing to get $5 back if they decided to delete the feature. It's not needed as UPS software displays this information, and it's also not something you really need to monitor. There are really no variables that the user can change, so if it works, it does, if not, nothing you can do about it. This unit is for my TV setup, which includes a HTPC. ALL major electronics should be protected by a UPS.
Power issues are the #1 thing to kill electronics, ESPECIALLY computers....more info