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APC BACK-UPS RS BR1500LCD 1500VA/865W UPS System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by APC

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  • Six battery backup/surge protected outlets keep critical devices running during outages and fluctuations; two surge only outlets protect non-critical devices.
  • Auto Shutdown Software allows management of the Back-UPS from your computer via USB interface, saves files and shuts down system when battery is low.
  • Data Line Surge Protection guards against surges and spikes traveling over an analog phone line; Building Wiring Fault Indicator detects problems in building wiring.
  • LCD graphics display with text and mimic diagrams that display modes of operation, system parameters and alarms; audible alarms indicate changing utility power and UPS conditions.
  • Three year warranty; $150,000 equipment protection policy, free technical phone and online support, data recovery services
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Product Description

Product Description

APC BACK-UPS RS BR1500LCD 1500VA/865W UPS System


APC's BR1500LCD 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 (3.1 minutes at full load, and 11.7 minutes at half). It also safeguards your equipment from damaging surges and spikes that travel along utility, phone and network lines. Automatic voltage regulation (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. Additional features like audible alarms, LED status indicators, user replaceable battery, push-button circuit breakers and plentiful outlets (including transformer-block spaced outlets) make the Back-UPS RS the perfect unit to protect your business' productivity from the constant threat of power problems and lost data.

High-performance protection for your business and office computer systems. Click here for a larger image
Protect Your Equipment

The APC BR1500LCD boasts eight surge-protected power outlets total, with six offering battery backup. Backup runs for 3.1 minutes at full load (865W) and 11.7 minutes at half (432.5W), 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.

Cold-Start Capable

Provides temporary battery power when the utility power is out.

APC BR1500LCD Outlets
Eight surge-protected power outlets total, with six offering battery backup.
APC BR1500LCD Display
Text and mimic diagrams that display modes of operation, system parameters and alarms.
APC PowerChute Software
APC's PowerChute software automatically saves open files and gracefully shuts down your computer during extended outages.
User-Replaceable Batteries

Perform upgrades and replace batteries yourself. Hot-swappable batteries ensure clean, uninterrupted power to protected equipment while you replace them. No tools necessary.

Disconnected Battery Notification

Get a warning when a battery is not available to provide backup power.

Dataline Surge Protection

Protect your connected equipment from power surges that may occur over data lines.

Boost Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR)

Preserves battery life and maximizes runtime by correcting low voltages without discharging the battery.

Automatic Self-Test

A periodic battery self-test ensures early detection of a battery that needs replacing--no need for you to check manually.

Adjustable Voltage-Transfer Points

Maximizes useful battery life by widening the input voltage window or tightening the output voltage regulation.

Adjustable Voltage Sensitivity

Provides the ability to adapt the UPS for optimal performance in specific power environments or generator applications.

Audible Alarms

Provides notification of changing utility power and UPS conditions.

USB Connectivity

Connect to your PC or Mac to manage your UPS using 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.

Safety-Agency Approved

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.

LCD Graphics Display

Text and mimic diagrams that display modes of operation, system parameters and alarms.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 9.5 x 12 inches ; 30.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 31.6 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000NDA5E0
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: BR1500LCD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 26, 2008

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Gives you enough time to shut down in case of power failure.
This is the problem with APC and one which I told them numerous times that they offer too many product variations for the same line.
R. Ocampo
The LCD display showing the supply voltage is a nice feature.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

347 of 356 people found the following review helpful By R. Ocampo VINE VOICE on May 20, 2007
UPDATE: APRIL 20, 2010

APC online customer service was very receptive of my issue. I described the problem in detail and a new battery was sent out to me in a week. The replacement battery solved the issue - no more flashing battery icon and no more hissing sound. The replacement battery is a different brand from what was originally installed - both slapped with an APC sticker. I don't know if this new battery brand will help lengthen the life beyond three years of the unit itself. I'm glad the issue was addressed under warranty in a very speedy manner.

Taking into consideration my experience with three APC Back-UPS in over a decade. I would advise buying with caution and consider that if the price is right - cost versus usable years - then that's the decision only you can make.

As for myself, having used APC products while living in three countries from Asia to North America. I've experienced 3 usable years of the product whether it's the battery breaking down or the unit itself.

In any case, I will update this review if and when the unit gives up it's life down the road.

UPDATE: APRIL 4, 2010 (almost three years later...)

Well, as luck would have it and as I have expected from an APC product the replace battery icon has lately been flashing and there is a faint hissing sound. This means it's telling me that the rechargeable battery is reaching the end of it's life which has been one month shy of three years. The manual states the battery may last from 3-6 years. While the product information on the battery itself from the same manufacturer website says the replacement battery will last from 3-5 years.
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101 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Tarrant on April 25, 2007
There are several nice features in this unit, including (1) 1500VA, 875W battery backup, (2) front LCD display, (3) 6x battery backup outlets, (4) 2x surge-only outlets, (5) Phone jack, coax cable, and user-replaceable battery. The front LCD is slick, and displays in/out voltage/freq, current load (in watts and percent of max), and estimated battery backup time left.

Beware the tech specs listed: (1)the surge suppression energy rating is only 340 joules! This is almost 1/3rd less than other brands at this VA rating. Second, and the biggest con, is that this unit only provides AVR boost and not trim/buck. Which means that during overvoltages, this unit will go to battery mode to provide safe output. If you live in an area with frequent overvoltages, go with a different unit that has true AVR in both directions, so that the battery isn't depleted during Trim/Buck modes. While other non-LCD RS series units from APC have true Trim, the LCD units do not. I confirmed this with an APC tech.

Watch out for the BX versions that are frequently sold in brick-and-mortar stores. Though they look like their BR counterparts, there are differences. Check APC's knowledgebase for details.

Finally, on a system equipped with a 17" LCD monitor, QX6700 CPU, 680i motherboard, 2x SATA drives, and a 8800GTX with 850W power supply, the system draws 280W idle, and 360W in intensive games. Even with a 1500VA UPS, this means that average runtimes will be 17 min (idle) and ~7 min (gaming).
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Nima S. Panahi on June 13, 2007
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APC makes good quality products but as many have noted there are two basic problems. First, they keep changing their line-up of products so that if you product dies when out of warrenty you probably have to buy a whole new UPS unit since APC would have dropped support for your model by then and even a simple and cheap replacment part would not be available. Second, their charge an arm and a leg for replacement batteries! It is insane.. but if you do your search online and do a careful study you can probably get the same type of battery (but different brand name on it) for a lot less.
Also, I never buy the BX/XS models as they rely on the battery for some voltage regulations and that dies out the battery faster. the RS models are worth the extra bucks I think.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By R. N. French on November 25, 2007
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Let me start by saying that this is a very nice UPS. It offers okay runtime, lots of outlets and the LCD display is an outstanding feature. I'm the IT director at a medical facility and have been using APC products for many years, supporting critical servers, network gear and desktops, and have always been pleased with their products.

I bought the BR1500 because my local phone company replaced the copper phone wires to my house with fiber optic cable. One downside of doing that is that the copper wire carried its own low voltage power, which is why a phone that didn't need to be plugged into an outlet would continue to work if you lost power. The fiber optic doesn't do this. To compensate, the interface between the fiber optic connection and your interior phone wiring has a small lead acid batter that they claim will keep the interface running for four to six hours. When we lose power, it's generally for at least 12 hours, and the last time was for two and a half days.

So I ordered the BR1500 and set it up to feed power to the fiber optic interface. The UPS reports that the interface is drawing 15 watts and that it will power it for 258 minutes (4.3 hours). Now I have roughly eight to ten hours of runtime, which is not as much as I was hoping for. What I thought I would do is buy a second battery and have one on the shelf, changing them out every few months so that the one on the shelf has a fairly fresh charge. Then if I lose power and deplete the battery that's currently installed, I could swap it out with the spare.

The documentation that comes with the BR1500 says the unit uses a replacement battery part number APCRBC109. I searched on the APC website for this part number and found nothing.
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