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APC Battery Backup & Surge Protector (BE550G) - 550VA 8-outlet Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
|Price:||$57.34 & FREE Shipping. Details|
- Computer battery backup with surge protector provides guaranteed power for desktop computers, wireless networks, gaming consoles and other electronics
- Supplies battery backup power during outages and unsafe voltage fluctuations, as well as protection from damaging surges and spikes
- 8 total outlets - 4 battery backup and surge, 4 surge only
- Power backup with PowerChute software and automatic shutdown
- ENERGY STAR certified for uninterruptible power supply
- Three-year warranty with $75,000 equipment protection policy
- Item is HAZMAT; Non-returnable
|Special Shipping Information: This product may not be available for 1 or 2 day shipping due to federal regulations that require it to ship via ground ship methods only. This product can only be shipped within the 48 contiguous states.
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- Output Power Capacity: 550VA
- Output Power Capacity: 330 Watts
- Nominal Output Voltage: 120V
- Replacement Battery Cartridge: RBC2
- Typical Half-Load Backup Time: 13.5 minutes (160 Watts)
From the Manufacturer
What's in the Box:
- APC Back-UPS BE550G
- 5-foot power cord
- PowerChute Personal Edition software CD
- USB cable
- User manual
APC Back-UPS BE550G
The electronic devices you rely on every day for communication, security, and entertainment such as networking equipment, computers, televisions, security systems, and gaming consoles are at risk of damage and disconnect due to unexpected blackouts, voltage fluctuations, and other power disruptions.
The APC by Schneider Electric Back-UPS BE550G provides instant battery power to your critical electronics when the power goes out, keeping you connected and available both personally and professionally. Additionally, the BE550G UPS (uninterruptible power supply) offers guaranteed surge and lightning protection for attached devices. By connecting your valuable devices, you are ensuring these investments against potentially irreversible damage. When the power goes out, the APC BE550G will power critical devices including home networking equipment; allowing you to maintain your internet connection. This allows you to work productively, avoid the loss of valuable data, and safely shut down equipment.
The BE550G includes PowerChute Personal Edition software which provides UPS management options, safe system shutdown, and energy monitoring to enable cost savings and prevent potential data corruption. This backup power supply unit offers eight surge protected outlets, four of which provide UPS battery backup, and a 330-watt/550-volt ampere output power capacity.
At a Glance:
- Guaranteed protection and battery backup power for your valuable electronics, ensuring they remain safe from dangerous power disturbances
- Stay available and connected by powering critical devices (computers, wireless networking devices, gaming consoles, security systems and other electronics) during a blackout
- 8 total outlets – 4 battery backup, 4 surge only outlets, 2 transformer block spaced
- PowerChute software provides safe system shutdown, preventing potential data corruption
- Guaranteed protection from surges and spikes caused by storms, lightning, circuit overloads, power cycling, etc.
- Periodic battery self-test ensures early detection of a battery that needs to be replaced
- Lifetime $75,000 equipment protection policy for all connected electronics
- ENERGY STAR certified
Battery Backup Keeps Critical Components Running
The BE550G UPS offers guaranteed backup battery power for your electronic devices. When power is interrupted or fluctuates outside safe levels, the BE550G instantly provides clean battery power to your sensitive electronics. Work safely throughout brief outages or save your data and safely shut down electronics during extended outages.
Protection from Dangerous Surges and Spikes
The BE550G features a total of eight power outlets, all of which shield your devices against dangerous surges and spikes in voltage. Four of these are UPS battery backup outlets that provide instant power to critical devices like computers and home networking equipment when there is an outage.
Prevent Data Corruption with PowerChute Software
APC PowerChute Personal Edition power and energy management software is included. PowerChute prevents data corruption by automatically saving files and shutting down your system in an extended power outage or low-battery condition. PowerChute monitors and displays energy usage and reduces costs via customized energy management planning. Connect the USB cable that's included with your UPS backup unit to your computer to easily use the software.
Phone and Network Data Line Surge Protection
In addition to standard power line surge protection, the BE550G UPS battery backup also provides protection from dangerous "backdoor" surges that travel along telephone and network data lines. Just route the phone or network data line through the BE550G UPS backup unit to protect your devices from lightning, surges, and spikes.
ENERGY STAR Rated for Efficiency
The BE550G UPS is ENERGY STAR certified for its efficient operation and ability to help realize lower energy costs.
Warranty and Equipment Protection Policy
This UPS is covered by a three-year limited warranty. It also comes with a lifetime equipment protection policy of up to $75,000. APC will repair or replace attached equipment that sustains surge-related damage while properly connected to a registered Back-UPS uninterruptible power supply unit.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Rating: 3/5 (good)
I bought one of these units several years ago at my local computer/electronics stores ... not to protect a PC, but rather to protect my phone answering machine, cable box, and most importantly my new (and then quite expensive) Flatscreen TV. It's done a very admirable job, and I only recently re-gifted it to a family member, after replacing it with a newer model 1300.
* Easy to use, right out of the box.
* Multiple connection types and outlets.
* Low space-saving profile, easily fitting inside or under small cabinets and tables.
* Small battery offers very limited runtime (figure 7-10 mins).
* Lacks built-in digital display showing load and remaining runtime.
* Lacks manual bypass for loud audible power-outtage alarm.
Bottom line: this is a very decent no-frills unit if you're on a budget. However, an increasing array of newer units with status displays are becoming cost competitive. Lastly, if your power blinks frequently, the lack of an alarm bypass can become annoying.
TIP: Most UPSs have limited runtime. For example, the XS-1300 I replaced 550 with only holds 7AH of power (which will run my PC for just under 1 hour). To greatly extend this, I bought a big 55AH sealed marine gel battery, a trickle charger, and a 400W inverter. When the power goes out, that gives me the option of plugging either my UPS/PC or my UPS/TV setups into the 55AH battery for an additional 8+ hours of runtime.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got tested twice already by my electric power provider and worked perfectly.Published 14 hours ago by Claude
When I bought this I expected to have different sensitivity levels and it does not. But it does work none the less.Published 14 hours ago by Anne Assiff
Works well enough. Kicking myself that I didn't notice that there was no USB connection for PC to know when it needs to shut itself down. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Brian Estey
Using this surge/UPS block on my network gear and recently had a line surge, unprotected, that destroyed my network gear. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Pen Name Here
Just installed it this morning. Everything came up working fine. I'll post an update when we lose power again, which happens quite often for us.Published 1 day ago by Gator
This is a must have for any computer that is in use for long periods.Published 1 day ago by M_Leon246
Great product but confuse does it need batteries to work ?. I like the multiple outlet and does charge well.Published 2 days ago by caroline ortiz