APC Back-UPS ES 700VA Tower UPS BE700G-UK
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||12.24 x 8.82 x 3.5 inches|
|Item Weight||6930 Grams|
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- Form Factor: Tower
- UPS Type: Standby UPS
- Output Voltage: 230 V AC
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I tried tweaking the unit's sensitivity setting to no avail. The battery is always fully charged so no problem there. It has worked on some occassions, especially in the first six months, so the issue is perhaps intermittant, but what's the point of a UPS that works sometimes? The documentation also admits that very short outages won't be logged - this suggests to me that they are fully aware that the unit has issues. Why can't it log short outages? Presumably because it sometimes doesn't notice them.
I would have sent it back but its quite hard to prove that it doesnt work and then there's the pallaver of sending the battery through the post - you have to go through hoops to return it (see other reviews). So I shall keep it until the battery expires in case it deigns to work again but then I shall happily dispose of this waste of floor space.
Update 19 June 2018: Last night (18 June) we had two short power glitches - both times the UPS failed to supply charge and my PC went down. I've attached photos showing that the last time the UPS intervened was 12 June and my Win 7 logs showing unexpected shutdowns on 18 June.
So I write this hoping to give a useful review.
There's a standard protocol for UPSs that should make them plug-and-play, this device is MOSTLY compliant. It will tell you time to empty (and this changes even when powered, so you can see how long you would have if there was a power cut) but although it can report watts being used and all kinds of other things it does not over the standard protocol which does support it. You have to use their proprietary software.
To plug it into a computer to get this information you simply need to connect the packed cable that is USB on one end and what looks like a DLS modem connector on the other into the UPS, and you get the above functionality. Your computer will be able to see a UPS and query time to empty, as I mentioned the other statistics (such as load, capacity, battery health) are not supported by this device over the standard protocol, which is disappointing. It gives you time-till-empty though so it's okay.
I got this to stop audio pops every time my fridge turns on, it has helped (surge protectors did not) but there are still (much smaller) pops. Screens sometimes flicker ever so slightly when the device switches over but importantly computers do not.
UPSs are not designed to give long-lasting power, even under small load this is because they usually (unless you have a massive one the size of a room, that has a massive flywheel then) have 12v batteries inside them. This means to draw even 1 amp (at UK 220) means drawing 20 amps from the battery, which is a large load!
It'll power a charging laptop for 15-20 minutes, not the claimed unit measured in hours, it'll power the much larger load of 2 big screens, and a computer + a lamp and some external drives for 9-12 minutes depending on what I'm doing. So you see what I mean by "In theory, 2 hours, but in practice not" bit.
I have not used any of the other features of this device, it works, it is a good UPS for what it is.
I forget the name of the type but this DOES NOT use the input to charge the battery and draw from the battery (2 stage UPS?) it is the cheaper "when the power goes off it kicks in" which is why you get the audio pop, or screen flicker when it switches. This is certainly good enough for most things.
To test if it fits your needs simply flick the plug socket off while it is in use if everything carries on working then it's suitable for your needs.
Lets start with the battery, the battery connector cables far too short. its practically impossible to connect them, when you do get them connected, you realise the clips are too open and won't make contact... Finally just when you are good to go and plug everything in - When you switch the dam thing on, it has this incessant buzzing noise.
After 30 minutes, I've already got it boxed back up and ready to return!
Rating revised from 4 stars to 2 stars. Unit failed just out of warranty period, and manufacturer Schneider confirmed it would be beyond economic repair after carrying out a suggested factory reset did not clear the fault. When it worked, it was good, but that's precisely why one should not have to worry about reliability in a device of this kind. Disappointed to have to reduce the overall rating because of this.
Chose this when my previous (Belkin) UPS expired, because it had the option of replaceable batteries.
My requirements were light, that it should power the computer and monitor long enough to give time for a graceful shutdown, and to cope with periodic short outages. Some household appliances periodically trip the RCD protection circuits at the mains box, taking out the whole ring and calling for a mains reset. Annoying, and unfixable. The UPS handles this with ease., keeping the system going until power is restored.
During a couple of public supply outages, the APC kicked in and allowed me time to shut down the system gracefully and without data loss.
The battery-backed outlets don't supply enough juice to drive my laser printer, so that has to go on the surge protection only outlets.
The sealed lead acid battery supplied with the original UPS lasted for seven years of constant use. I have now replaced it with a new one, which was incredibly easy to fit, and everything is back running normally and securely.