Power Saving BackUPS Pro900 FD
|Voice command||Mouse, Keyboard, Buttons|
|Supports Bluetooth||Radio Frequency|
|Display Size||15 Inches|
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- Form Factor: Tower
- UPS Type: Line-interactive UPS
- Output Voltage: 230 V AC
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OutputOutput Voltage: 230 V AC
BatteryBattery Run Time: 0.08 Hour
SpecInterface Port: RJ-45, Network
Visible screen diagonal
15" / 39 cm
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Now, a few weeks later, the sound seems less annoying. Either because I’ve grown used to it, or because something in the unit has “warmed up”. I don’t know which. It’s still not silent, but it doesn’t drive me mad, at least.
As for the functionality… The user interface is good and informative; it shows you everything you’d want to know as a casual user. I tested the thing by pulling the plug, and it worked the way a UPS is supposed to. The unit is small enough to fit on a normal desk without dominating it.
All in all, it’s a pity. I would really love this thing, but because of the noise, I have to say it’s an average product. Cred to APC’s support for responding quickly, even though they didn’t help me to solve the real problem, which given the other reviews here seems to be an inherent design issue.
For its price, this is a good product, but if you intend to run it at home, you may have to find a room where some noise won’t disturb you.
However, you should be aware that the UPS is not silent. It has a fairly high "hissing" sound. In addition the sound is not completely even, the frequency of the sound changes slightly as the UPS drop-charges the lead battery (when it is fully charged - which is the normal case).
If you are sensitive to noise it might not be the best idea to have this at the side of the desk.
The cost has been reduced to this level since it will not produce a pure sine wave output. Beware that this might make it incompatible with some newer power supplies that frawn upons the step-approximated sine curve that is output.
- Great power/size ration
- 8 outlets (4 battery backed up/ 4 surge protection only)
- Easy to replace battery - no cables to (de)attach
- There are a great open source linux daemon to act on UPS events
- Fairly loud hissing noise
- No APC supplied SW for a linux server
- No pure sine wave output which might make it incompatible with some power supplies, be aware - worst case it will no be able to power your computer at all!!
- Atfer roughly a month of usage the device has quiet down for some reason to the point where it is barely noticable. I hope this change is here to stay. For this reason I'm adding one star since the functionalit is otherwise good (except from the step-approximated sine wave which might make it incompatible with newer Enrgy Star 5.0 compatible power supplies)
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The compact size and shape of this unit means I've easily managed to hide it behind my desk out of sight so you don't even know it's there. When the UPS isn't doing anything (i.e. just running off mains waiting for a power outage) it is completely silent - no fans or anything. When it's running off the battery powering my equipment during a mains outage it does make a noticeable buzzing noise but can easily sleep with it in the same room.
I find with it powering two TP-Link Power-Over-Ethernet Switches, one bedside clock/radio and two IP cameras the battery lasts about 3 hours 40 minutes from fully charged to flat. If I have my desktop computer and monitor turned on idling as well then battery life works out at 35 minutes precisely - more than enough time to save work and shut down. My Windows 7 desktop PC treats the UPS in the same way as a laptop would treat it's own battery with no additional software or drivers required (i.e. just use the supplied cable to connect the Data port on the UPS to a spare USB port on your computer, then open the Windows Control Panel > Power Options and you'll see you now have separate settings for mains power and battery power). I haven't bothered installing the supplied PowerChute Personal software as Windows 7's power settings are sufficient for my needs.
Some other reviews mention their PC's freezing when running off the UPS power due to the modified sine wave power output. I've not experienced any problems whatsoever. Specs - Corsair RM550 power supply, Intel Core i5 4690 CPU with onboard graphics, 8GB RAM, 1x SSD + 3x 7200rpm hard drives, 22 inch monitor drawing about 85 watts when idle.
By default the UPS emits a loud beep every few seconds during a power outage however you can permanently silence it by holding down the mute button on the front panel for a couple of seconds.
Although the UPS comes with 2x IEC C14 Male-Female kettle leads for connecting it to a PC or monitor, it does not come with its own mains power cable so you'll need to source one separately. Fortunately I had plenty of kettle leads lying around.
Finally, if APC happen to read this there's one feature suggestion I'd like to make for a future version of this product - since as many gadgets these days run off 12v DC anyway (routers, network switches, CCTV cameras etc) can you include a 2.1mm 12v DC socket to run such equipment directly off the battery (and turn off the inverter to save battery if there's nothing wanting to draw power from the 240v sockets) rather than losing efficiency converting the battery up to 240v then back down to 12v again.
I bought it and came in before schedule, the unit is a little bit longer than expected but looks great next to my computer, even in plain view.
On the back you have 8 IEC connectors 4 of them are battery operated and 4 surge protected only. Two of the 4 battery operated connectors are called Master, these ones are managed by the ups internal firmware and when the power goes below a set value of Watts the 2 controlled by master connectors on the left are powered down, saving you money on the energy bill, you can set this value along with other setting by connecting the UPS to the computer using the given USB cable or a serial connection.
To provide the unit with the right threshold you will then need to monitor the power used by your computer when running idle.
I have connected my computer on a master battery powered connector along with my screen, on the controlled by master instead my speakers and a second monitor, when I shut down the computer after 4 seconds screen and speakers are powered down, also this time game is customizable.
The unit provides also a number interesting information such us the daily estimate cost for running the units connected at the actual power request, the running time on battery, the actual power consumption, etc..., and protects both your phone and data network thanks to the RJ11 and RJ45 surge protected connectors on the back of the unit.
The main reason for buying this unit, was to protect the my Synology Server, after setting up all with my computer I plugged the usb cable in the Synology running DSM 5.1 and after a couple of clicks in the control panel everything was setup, I posted a picture showing the estimated battery running time and the other information provided by the DSM utility.
For who is thinking between the BR900GI 540W and the 330W, consider the following: My computer is a Asus Maximus VII Gene and Intel i7 4790K, 2x 4TB Hard Drives, 2x SSD Drives, 32GB DDR3 Ram and powered by 620W Corsair PSU, when playing or other intense activity, the power absorption is never more 130/170W, I also run 4 VMs (3x Win Server 2012 and 1x windows 7) I also have connected a Synology Server and 2 LED 24" screens.
Unless you want more battery running time and you have a similar setup, you can go with the APC 330W RS LCD 550 that will save you some money.
Obviously a UPS is only any good when it's needed... and a couple of days after I bought it, we had a series of power cuts. The APC box did really well... it's powering a small server, network switch and broadband router. With the power off, it provides a solid 70-80 minutes of offline power. Plenty of time to work out if there's a problem or whether someone just plugged a faulty kettle in!
Occasionally, I've seen the box kick in when the line voltage fluctuates, so it's nice to see that it's helping filter out oddball issues like brownouts as well as being there for full-on failures.
This is a small and compact unit which sits behind my NAS box. This is the first UPS I have had and found it handles my NAS box , 3 desktops, 5 monitors and a laptop with room to spare. The current load is 178 Watts, with 1 desktop in continuous use and another in partial use. I use trailing 6 port sockets to connect router, switches and monitors and connected to the UPS. I have not checked the load when everything is in use, but as there is over half the power unused I don't really worry about how much wattage is being used, as I know it just works as it should.
The supplied software is pretty good to as it gives all the information I need, and it runs on a windows 10 machine no problem.
All in all, I am pleased with this UPS and would recommend it to others.