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APC - Back-UPS XS 1300VA Tower UPS - Black

APC Back-UPS XS 1300 VA Tower UPS - 1300VA/780W - 4.2 Minute Full Load - 5 x NEMA 5-15R - Battery Backup System, 5 x NEMA 5-15R - Surge-protected
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Beware Posted by: from: Kansas on The UPS functions perfectly as advertised, easy to setup and use. The problem I discovered was the batteries are inserted from the bottom side and the weight of them doesn't hold them in place. I ended up adding a spacer between the battery and cover to keep the batteries in place. I would have returned it for a different product, but due to overseas travel I didn't have time to deal with it.

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

A must need Posted by: from: on I actually use this with my tv and cable box, it protects your tv and gives me about 40 minutes of tv when the power goes out.

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Good Device for the money Posted by: from: Houston, TX on A word of warning to new buyers, this is a battery device and I would not put lots of stock in the battery times. I am running about 290 watts on a home theatre system and I get around 20 minutes. Really just enough time that if the main power does not come back on within a few minutes I can shut off the equipment. This will not help you finish the hour long TV show or continue working on a computer for hours. Secondly, you must fully charge the battery PRIOR to use. The instructions do not tell you this. Fully charge before you plug up any devices. Just plug it in the wall and turn the power OFF. Wait 24 hours. I failed to do this and the battery failed to re-charge the first time after a test. It was not a big issue, I just unplugged the unit then plugged it back into the wall and it fully charged in about 12 hours. Thirdly, I found the APC technical support to actually be helpful and easy to communicate with. The one thing to remember, these battery times are estimates at best. I would buy 3 time the wattage power you need to feel good about the unit. Finally, I got very lucky my TV worked with the unit. Most new TVs will not work because they need a "pure sinewave". A sinewave is the cycle that defines the AC frequency be it 50Hz or 60Hz.. Well this unit uses a "stepped sinewave" which is not exactly like the current coming out of your wall plug. I would suggest just simply trying it and if it does not power the TV on battery (the TV will just not come on during battery time) then return it. APC sells a "Smart UPS S series" line that will work and produces the "pure sinewave"

25 out of 25 found this review helpful.

For The Price - A Good Unit Posted by: from: Fayetteville, NC on I own three of the APC 1300 units and am getting ready to purchase a fourth from my local BB. Two of my units are about one year old and have been working fine with no problems. My third unit developed an internal fault at about 8 months old. I got online and emailed APC telling them of my problem and giving them the fault code displayed on the front panel. Since I had registered my warranty with APC, within one day I received an email back from APC. They informed me that a new unit was on its way to me and giving my instructions on how to return the defective unit (after I had received my new one). Within four day, my new unit was here, I installed it, and it has been working fine ever since. Everone at APC, that I communicated with, was very nice and easy to get along with. If you register your unit with them, they do stand behind their warranty.

14 out of 16 found this review helpful.

great power supply and backup Posted by: from: on This is a fantastic power supply and battery backup. We don't lose power too often at home, but when we do, it's not great for your desktop p.c. or other devices to be abruptly powered off. Likewise, fluctuations in power can strip year's off of your pc's power supply's life.This fits the bill and TWICE has worked as advertised with brownouts in our home. Well worth it if you have technology that you don't want damaged or ruined because of fluctuating power.

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Great item Posted by: from: on Good solid battery backup. Works great. Probably a little more than I need. Got to have the battery backup if you want to keep your electronics safe. recommend A++

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Known Incompatibilities - but no warnings... Posted by: from: Northern VA on This unit is a replacement for a smaller and older competing model I've owned for years. I bought it based entirely on the good reviews here and it's attractive features. 780W, slim design, Green features, plenty of outlets - very nice package and price. But guess what? a) You're not allowed to put a surge protector between your device and the Back-Ups (OK, I guess) b) You're not allowed to put an extension cord between your device and the Back-Ups (huh?) c) You'd better try and figure out if your computer (yes, your computer) is compatible. I have a high end workstation - big national brand with four letters in its name. Apparently this PC's power supply doesn't tolerate "dirty" power - and by their own admission - APC says this Back-Ups battery power is dirty. (Nice feature for a back up system) Forget the chat line. Useless. Forget pre-sales technical support. Won't talk to you without an exact APC model number and serial number. So, here's the deal. All batteries produce DC current. In order to convert that to AC you need something called a rectifier. The rectifier in this Back-Ups produces an AC signal that is described as a "Stepped Approximation to a Sine Wave." Meaning it produces a bunch of little (digital) square waves to try and approximate (fake) a smooth sine wave. The degree of smoothness determines the "cleanliness" of the power. So what? So I prepared to run a self test once I got everything running and the battery fully charged. I liked the PowerChute software-it told me my load was 325W v. the 780W capacity of the Back-Ups. Plenty of room to spare. Hit go, and the PC's power was interrupted causing it to crash. Didn't expect that. Did a test with just a lamp. Worked fine. Tried the PC twice again with smaller loads - same result. Called to see what give's and was finally told, after much non-sense that certain ****-brand coomputers had power supplies that were intolerant to dirty power and that APC was researching the problem (these computer models are top of the line and their latest and greatest). I was offered the opportunity to buy a Smart-Ups for hundreds more. No thanks. Customer service was awful. A real surprise for a company with an otherwise good reputation. My beef is I'm supposed to know that their "Stepped Approximated Sine Wave" is incompatible with my computer. Right. Show me the wave form and maybe I'll figure that out on my own. Face it, they use an el cheapo rectifier. Only the most critical component in that system, next to the battery. No thanks. Even if your computer tolerates this AC signal I cannot, for a moment, believe it's good for your power supply. As Elmer would have said, "Be verwee, verwee carefuul." Hopefully Best Buy will take this back - APC said I couldn't ship it back to them. Really? Wow! Really.

31 out of 32 found this review helpful.

Works as advertized Posted by: from: Balto, MD on I'm running an Alienware system with a 1000 watt power supply, an external USB hard drive (in addition to the other 2 drives in the system) and a 26" LCD monitor. The information stated that a gaming system (which I consider this to be) should last about 20 minutes on battery. Instead, I'm closer to 11 minutes, which they advertise is applicable to an X-Box or a 40-some inch TV. Still, it works and gives my system enough time to shut down in a power failure. I also like the LCD display on the front that gives me the status on the incoming power, the battery life and the relative load on the UPS.

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Battery Backup System Posted by: from: Central, CT on This is a very good battery backup system for the price. An additional feature that I was not aware of is this unit conditions the out going power so that your computer and accesseries are not subjected to fluctuations with the incoming power. The PowerChute software monitors your system and performs power tests to make sure everything is operating as it should. I would fully recommend this product.

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Great value for home office protection Posted by: from: PA on Moved to a new home and experienced several power outages. The huge storms were easy to anticipate losing power, but the short outages are unpredictable and causing problems which caused the purchase. Out of the box easy set up. Cool feature that monitors my iMac for sleep/hibernate and turns off my printers when inactivity occurs - turns everything back on when the computer goes active. Program monitors and shows the power savings. Note: The software does not install on Apple. The UPS cleans the power (frequency and amplitude), will back up my specific load for 33 minutes, shuts down my devices properly when approaching battery limit, hot swap battery and saves energy too. Home office running iMac, notebook (runs APC software), HP All in One, HP laser, backup drive, network switch and IP phone. Highly recommended.

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

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