Protect your devices from power surges and minor fluctuations with this APC AV power conditioner. It incorporates a battery backup so that you can continue to play devices even should the power fail, and adjustable voltage sensitivity lets you use this APC AV power conditioner with a generator for portable device protection.
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Excellent for it's purpose
Posted by: ThomasH from: Wasilla, AK on
Got this on sale just before Christmas. It's designed to blend in with the entertainment center, unlike most UPS designs. Easy to set up, and 1500va is enough for a good selection of stuff. (I have a 50" plasma, BD-changer, DVD-R/VCR, receiver and satellite DVR on it, which draws just over 500w when in use.) This will run my 500w load for ~15 minutes, or (when it's all on standby and the DVR is recording) it will run over 2 hours.
Tested the battery this week - power outage for an hour overnight. It never blinked, and (a HUGE bonus) it can have that annoying beeping turned off. (Yes, I know the power is out, but it's 12:30am and I want to go back to sleep!) Most cheaper UPS's (and some expensive ones) don't allow that - look for a 'silence' button when shopping!
Mine is the J25; the J35 adds some power regulation, filtering, etc. If your area has very dirty power that would be useful, but I love mine. I own multiple UPS's, almost all APC, from BACK-UPS 500s to Smart-UPS 1500 and 2200, and this compares quite favorably to more expensive models.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
So far so fine
Posted by: hhh222 from: Atlanta Ga on
At the sale price I got this at it's a 5 star rating and I have confirmed replacement batteries will be available in January of 2012.
This unit has been dead quiet so far and is a welcome addition to my HT.
BTW....I''m too cheap to have paid full price and did get it surprisingly cheap.
One curiosity....the manual says the warranty is 3 years but the guy I spoke with on the phone at APC said 2 years sooooo, just remember the warranty is 3 years if you have to use it and call in. The battery is also covered in the warranty.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Lacking in features, but does the job
Posted by: Syndil from: Jeffersonville, IN on
I bought this for my computer, as it's a beast of machine that requires a large battery backup such as this. Easier to fit the horizontal layout of this Home Theater battery backup into my desk rather than the traditional tower shaped ones. Works great for that purpose. Even has a USB port on it for connecting to my PC. Windows 7 detected the presence of the UPS without the need for any additional drivers.
For home theater purposes, I would say this unit lacks one important feature, which is the presence of a 12V trigger input. But if you don't use triggers, then not a big deal. The more expensive J35B handles triggering via monitoring one of its outlets for an increase in power usage, which may work just as well, but no excuse for not having a 12V trigger input IMO.
Also the battery cartridge in the J-type units is really just two batteries joined together via a jumper plate. It's much cheaper to buy the batteries separately and reuse the plate that you already have than it is to buy a new cartridge entirely. Search YouTube for "APC RBC Cartridge #32" and you will get an idea of how to do this. This video shows a different jumper plate, but the process is basically the same.
I got this unit on sale but would not recommend it at full price. For less money you could get an APC Back-UPS Pro 1500 UPS with the same battery power and more features, such as AVR and automatic power down of idle equipment. Really what you are paying for with the J-type series is the pretty horizontal enclosure for use in your Home Theater. But as a UPS, it's about as basic as they come. Thus the 4-star rating.
7 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Posted by: ggschaefer from: on
This is being used as a UPS and is an excellent choice.
1 out of 4 found this review helpful.
no replacement batteries
Posted by: checkmark from: houston on
APC website says they have no replacement batteries for this unit. Will you have to throw this away in 2 years?
10 out of 33 found this review helpful.
I like this product; # of battery bckup plugs exc!
Posted by: ScorpFaerie from: Port Neches, TX on
Great APC prodcut for the money; very happy customer.
2 out of 32 found this review helpful.
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