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APC BK350EI Back-UPS CS 350 (230 Volts Only) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Provides professional-grade power protection for office and home office systems
- Offers built-in phone/fax/modem line (DSL compatible) protection
- Includes hot-swappable, user-replaceable battery
- Data line surge protection keeps your computer safe from power surges on the data lines
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- Brand Name: APC
- Model Number: BK350EI
- Item Height: 6.5 inches
- Item Length: 3.58 inches
- Item Width: 11.18 inches
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Today's global businesses demand uninterrupted and reliable flow of data. When electrical utility power is disrupted, the business costs can be astronomical -- some research suggest that American businesses lose as much as $50 billion each year by power disruption. The APC BK350 Back-UPS CS 350 provides professional-grade power protection for office and home office systems, ensuring that your data will be protected, and your business can continue uninterrupted.
UPS systems, also known as "uninterruptible power supply" systems, are designed to provide computer systems and enterprise-wide networks with reliable, steady power. Today's sensitive devices require this in order to ensure data integrity, hardware stability, and maximum equipment life. With built-in phone/fax/modem line (DSL compatible) protection, safe-system shutdown software that features sophisticated power management options, and pro-active audio-visual status indicators, the APC BK350 Back-UPS CS 350 ensure office systems and their valuable data are protected from dangerous power surges, spikes and blackouts. With easy access to a hot-swappable, user-replaceable battery, this UPS is as hassle-free as it can get. Throw in its classic styling, and you've got yourself the perfect choice for protecting your important office and home office systems.
Its many features include:
- Battery-protected and surge-only outlets: Reserves power capacity and run time for connected equipment that require battery back-up while providing surge only protection for less critical equipment
- Dataline surge protection: Provides protection of connected equipment from power surges on the data lines
- Power conditioning: Protects connected loads from surges, spikes, lightning, and other power disturbances
- Safety-agency approved: Ensures that the product has been tested and approved to work safely with the connected loads and within the environment
What's in the Box
BK350 UPS, software CD, cord management straps, USB cable, and user's manual.
Top Customer Reviews
The APC CS 350 is a modern twist on technology that has been around for the last 30 years. The CS 350 is light weight making it more portable and easier to transport than previous UPS's in the CS series. I would have to call this a higher end UPS. Built with modern state of the art circuitry. It is half the size of the CS 650.
Built in surge protection for Ethernet or telephone line. No need to connect to computer data port. The CS 350 is a stand alone unit, making for hassle free operation. Six 120 Volt standard AC outlets provide for total surge protection. Three outlets are backup power during power outages ,three outlets are non backup power/surge protection only.
The highly durable battery allows backup power to last from twelve minutes to one hour, depending on your power load.
Built in breaker switch button, and overload protection, provide concrete protection against electrical overloads and battery drain.
The finest in it's class surge protection. With APC surge protection you can relax and have peace of mind knowing that your connected electronics are well protected. I've never had any equipment damage that was connected to my APC UPS.
A well maintained battery will last for about 4 years. It is a plus that APC UPS replacement batteries are low cost and affordable to replace.
If nothing more than just for the surge protection, clearly the CS 350 is the right choice for reliable uninterrupted household power and industrial strength surge protection. So my opinion? American Power Conservation is the only choice.
APC targets the "Back-UPS CS 350VA" squarely at home user and or small office user. The "APC Back-UPS CS 350VA" is a 350A/210W UPS designed to provide short-term emergency (battery) power to a computer, monitor, and essential peripherals in the event of a power outage or noise. According to APC product literature, the "APC Back-UPS CS 350VA" can provide up to 5 minutes of power at full load (210 watts), and approximately 18 minutes with a half load (100 watts). This is enough time to enable you, or the system itself, to save work and shutdown the computer in an orderly fashion.
The "APC Back-UPS CS 350VA" is equipped with three battery-powered/surge protected outlets and three regular surge protected outlets on either side, with one of the three outlets on each side spaced to provide room for those ubiquitous transformer blocks.
Like all modern UPS units the "APC Back-UPS CS 350VA" can also provide surge protection for built-in phone/fax/modem line (DSL compatible) protection. A hybrid RJ-11 /USB cabled is used to connect the "CS 350VA" to a computer in order to utilize APC' proprietary PowerChute software. The "APC Back-UPS CS 350VA" also features a long 6-foot cord, a re-settable circuit breaker, LED status indicators, an audible alarm, and a user-replaceable, hot-swappable battery.
The "APC Back-UPS CS 350VA" is touted by APC as being maintenance free, and according to the company, the CS 350VA also performs an automatic bi-weekly test of its internal components, including the battery. The battery is a maintenance-free, leak-proof, lead-acid battery.
Setup and Configuration
Unlike most APC products, the "CS 350VA" is not all that heavy. Initial set up of the UPS is fairly simple. The unit--or any UPS for the matter--is shipped with the battery un-plugged, so the first step in the install process will be to plug it in; easy to follow directions for doing so are provided on the outside of the unit. Next, plug the "CS 350VA"into the wall and let is charge at least 6 - 12 hours before putting a load on it.
Once installed and powered up the UPS can be monitored via the aforementioned USB cable (included) and PowerChute Personal Edition software, which can be installed on a Windows 98 or later, or MAC OS X computers. As I stated above, the USB cable is a hybrid: the USB port plugs into your computer, but a RJ-11 port or serial plugs into the UPS on the other end. However, once the USB cable is plugged into your computer, the OS recognizes it as a UPS and installs the necessary software to communicate with it.
Then you can install PowerChute Personal Edition to monitor and configure the UPS for the type of protection you want; i.e. in the even of a power outage you can elect to have the UPS keep your computer on battery power as long as possible, or you can choose to have it shutdown the computer automatically. Since most power outages in my neighborhood last less then five minutes, I have configured the "CS 350VA" to do an orderly shut down after five minutes on battery power. Right now the only pieces of equipment plugged into the unit are the computer, monitor, and printer.
Testing and Use
I have attached the "CS 350VA" to a Pentium 4 2.06GHz PC powered by an Antec 250W power supply and a Samsung SyncMaster 191n flat screen 19-inch monitor, and an HP OfficeJet T-45 printer. No the printer is not essential, but it gives me peace of mind to have it protected.
After charging the battery for 12 hours, I put the "CS 350VA" in place, connected the USB and installed the PowerChute Personal Edition software. It initially indicated that I had about 18 minutes of battery backup time. But in order to assure the accuracy of the estimate, I simulated a power outage by unplugging the unit from the wall outlet, and let the UPS do its thing. The "CS 350VA" can only keep the system on as long as it battery holds out, and through PowerChute Personal Edition it will dynamically update the estimated time remaining on the battery as it starts discharging.
As soon as the APC Back-UPS ES 725 was unplugged it went to battery power and I received a popup box on my screen that stating, "your battery backup is now supplying battery power to your equipment." An (annoying but effective) audible alarm sounded and produces four beeps every 30 seconds. This alarm can be disabled via the software. After approximately 10:00 minutes, battery power had dropped to 25% and the computer went into hibernate mode, as I had set it up to do.
After several hours of recharging the UPS was back to full capacity, and the estimated battery time was now a more realistic 15 minutes.
To me a UPS is a must have, and the "APC Back-UPS CS 350VA" is a solid investment in my book. The average life of a UPS battery is approximately four years, and my "CS 350VA" cost me $30.00 (I took advantage of APC's trade-up program, plus my brother works for the company). Since installing the "CS 350VA", we have suffered through three blackout including one hit in the middle of the night that lasted in excess of 30 minutes just the other night. When I woke up at 4:30am (my usual waking time), I noticed that my wife's computer was off (we leave our computers on 24/7/365). By the power had been restored, so I turned on the computer and it came out of hibernation just a it was designed to do; the "CS 350VA" had done it job.
In the final analysis the "APC Back-UPS CS 350VA" does what it is supposed to do--protect my wife's computer from harmful electrical events and provide a stable source of emergency power--and it does it exceedingly well. With enough power to support almost all of today's power-hungry computers, monitors and printers, not to mention the odd peripheral the "APC Back-UPS CS 350VA" is the idea solution for home and small office users.