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APC - Back-UPS 600VA Battery Back-Up System - Black

Keep your office online in the event of a power cut with this compact APC Back-UPS. Designed to power critical electronics for an extended time period, this unit keeps your wireless home network running for up to 4.3 hours straight. Equipped with seven NEMA 5-15 outlets, this APC Back-UPS has plenty of capacity for routers, computers and other essentials.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (39 out of 39)

    Features


    490-joule rating

    Absorbs a high amount of energy to adequately protect your equipment and prolong the life of the unit.

    8 surge-protected outlets

    Safeguard the equipment in your home or office.

    Integrated circuit breaker

    Ensures electronic equipment protection.

    5' cord length

    Offers a variety of placement options.

    Audible alarms

    Provides notification of changing utility power and UPS power conditions.

    APC $75,000 lifetime equipment guarantee.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 39 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Everyone needs this insurance policy!!

      Posted
      Fordman9870
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      The APC Battery Backups 600Va system is a MUST buy for everyone!! This is an all in one Battery backup/Surge protector good for about 3 plus hours on idle machines. I have my Modem, Router and Ooma (phone system) and My PC/Monitor plugged in. Speaking of my phone systems, For those that have internet home phone setups. You need a battery backup or the next time the power goes out you will not have a phone. Make sure your setup has one (many do) mine didn’t. Right out of the box I plugged it in and let it full charge (24 hrs.) then I used the supplied Usb cable to plug it in to my PC. I downloaded Powerchute personal and used it to run a self-test, set up an alarm silence window, alarms, and a shutdown routine for my PC. If you enjoy a safe running PC it is best to put a UPS behind it to minimize and chance for a power hit or fade (Brown out) or loss of power that can wreak havoc to Electronics. Think about it you spend big bucks for a PC and Monitor etc. so you need protection for these units. If you are just plugging it into the wall or a cheap power strip you are playing with a loaded gun. Not with APC, this unit has 7 (NEMA 5-15) outlets, and a usb charging slot. I used the mounting holes in the back of the unit and the supplied template to mount the APC to my floor joist in my basement. The plugs where pointed up to the upstairs floor so I purchased an L bracket to change the unit from being vertical to horizontal. This made it much easier to access my plugs. I absolutely love the feeling of an insurance policy against the unforeseen. The only issue I have with this unit is that the plugins are close to each other (however the middle one is spread out a little) so for my set up I had one standard plug and 3 block/brick type plugs. (see pic) This blocked 2 plugs and rendered them useless. For me this was not a deal breaker as I had to Run a heavy duty extension cable from the UPS to my PC area anyway. I would not hesitate to recommend this to friends and Family!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good basic unit, getting software was a pain

      Posted
      daytonadan
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
      • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

      This is APC's bare bones, bottom of the line backup. It's little more than a battery inside a plastic case. No bells and whistles. No display of any kind on the case. Just a green led behind the power button, which flashes if unplugged. The only "extras," if you want to call them that, are a 1.5 AMP USB port for directly charging phones and tablets and a USB out connection to your PC, so it can talk with the backup and tell you charging state and level (Windows 10) If that's all you want or need, you are good to go. Otherwise, look elsewhere. As for the specifics of the build, it's a 600-watt system with 5 outlets that have battery power and two more that are just surge protected. (Be aware the battery is NOT connected when you receive it. You MUST remove the cover and connect the red terminal to battery before using.) How long the backup will last depends entirely on what you plug into it. Minutes for heavy drains like desktop or gaming PCs. Many hours for low drain routers, cable modems and wireless hubs. If you can manage to find and successfully download and install APC's free PowerChute software -- more on that later -- you can get a more detailed read on what's going on with the backup system. A status page shows charging levels, keeps track of power outages, shows you how much power all your plugged in devices draw and provides an estimate of how long the battery power will last if the power goes off. On my setup, with a relatively high end desktop PC, monitor, cable modem and wi-fi router, that was about 40 minutes. It also informed me I am using about 15 cents a day to power those device and for those who continuously fret about global warming, generating 1.5 pounds a day in CO2 from power plant emissions. This is an admittedly handy piece of software but getting it required a lot of effort. It is NOT included with retail package. You must first go to the APC Web site and find it (easiest way is to use the search box) and then attempt to download it. On my first attempt, it kept requesting an FTP name and password for some reason. So no software. But persistance paid off and it finally downloaded for reasons that were not entirely clear. Installing it produced some other error messages when the install program attempted to connect back to the web site. My computer said the the web site was unsafe and refused to connect. So was the program installed? Hard to tell. Where was it? No desktop link. Not in the list of programs under PowerChute. Finally I discover it hidden in my system tray. It should not be this hard folks. A lot of work to be done here to improve this process. (I later found it was in the list of programs under APC) I have used APCs products in the past and they generally work well. So I assume the same will be true here. Its just a battery folks so not much to go wrong. But won't know for sure until I actually experience some outages and surges. APC recommends replacing the battery every three years. The software will keep track of that for you. Bottom line: The basic battery backup unit is bare bones but fine. The process for getting and installing the software needs work.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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        Thank you for taking time to review our UPS. I am sorry hear about the issues you faced with our website. Unfortunately we were having some technical difficulties with our FTP site last week which is likely why you were running into the problems. If you ever run into issues finding a piece of software on our site please do not hesitate to reach out to an APCbySchneider support team. We offer email and chat services through our support site and you may also contact us directly at 800-800-4272 option 4. APC

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Nice compact UPS unit.

      Posted
      SteveC
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      I’ve been using APC products for 25+ years now and they are the only UPS product I recommended and still do. I really like this newer design, it doesn’t take up as much room as the older squattier design and with all the outlets on one side it’s easy to push this up against the wall and keep it out of the way. After unpacking you will have to connect the internal battery before use, there are plenty of warning labels stuck to the outside of the unit warning about this. It’s a simple process, just flip the unit over, slide open the battery compartment door, take out the battery and attach the red wire to the positive terminal of the battery. You will probably see a spark once the end of the cable touches the battery terminal, that’s normal. Once attached, put the battery back, put the cover back on and you are ready use. This one is rated at 330W max so you will want to keep the combined power rating of all devices attached below this number. This model has 5 battery backup plugs, 2 surge protection plugs, and even has a USB charging port providing 1.5a. I haven’t had any problems charging any of the devices I hooked up to it, be it my cell phone, Bluetooth headphones, tablets, or anything else that accepts USB charging. It also has a USB port “cable included”, so you can connect it to your computer and use the PowerChute Personal software “downloadable on the APC website”. With it you can monitor your UPS unit and the software can also shut down your computer/laptop before the battery drains. We get a lot of power flickers here in MS during storms and with these I know my devices won’t be shutting off all of a sudden which is harmful to electronics. I have more than one of these APC units around the house and this particular size is perfect for putting small computer, TV, modem, router, or anything that doesn’t draw a lot of power. I have one hooked up to 16gallon reef tank just in case of a short term power outage. It provides at least 30 minutes of power, to keep the water / air pumps and heater running. I do keep the lights on the surge protection plug so they don’t drain the battery too fast. For any possible outages longer than 30 minutes I have other solutions available. I also have another unit hooked up to my 3D printer, it will let it continue printing for at least 10-15 minutes, after an outage, “I haven’t had a power outage longer than 15 min lately so I’m not sure exactly how long it will last while the printer is running”, this at least provides enough time for the power to come back on, or for me to pause the printing so I don’t ruin a print job due to a sudden power loss. This is another great APC product if you are looking for a good UPS unit that isn’t too expensive and can be used for many different things I’d take a look at this unit.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Keeps you going when the power goes out

      Posted
      BogleheadsGuide
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      Most of us probably take power for granted. I know I do. We only really realize just how much we rely on it when the power goes out. Then it’s panic time, since we lose our internet, we can’t charge our cell phones and our computers simply don’t work without power. And the same goes for other things like desk lamps and any other thing we plug into an outlet. That’s when the APC Back-UPS BE600M1 shines. It can power up to seven devices at the same time and keep them running for up to eight hours. However, larger brick plugs can take up two of those spots, depending on how you plug things in. The software that you have to download (more on that later) will show you the amount of time that you can continue to charge your plugged-in devices. Obviously, the more devices you plug in, the less time you’ll be able to continue providing power to those devices. I got a reading of six hours when I plugged in my most important devices (my modem and router plus a lamp) When I added my laptop, it dropped to less than three hours. Obviously, my laptop is an energy hog, so I decided not to plug that into the UPS since it has its own battery which is always fully-charged when I’m using it at home. Another nice feature (a USB plug) allows you to charge your cell phones. So, for me, being able to keep my internet going and my cell phones charged, plus a light to see, combined with my laptop running on its own battery power, provides me with my most important needs and gives me the maximum amount of time. Hopefully the power will be restored before the UPS battery gives out. The only problem I encountered was finding the software after downloading and installing it. Thee was no link on my desktop nor any indication where it was hiding. I finally found that it was inserted on my task bar, but with a large number of items already on my task bar, the newly-installed program was not visible. It would be nice if the instructions told you where to look after downloading and installing the software. Normally, you expect to see a link on your desktop, so that’s a fix I’d like to see. I’m subtracting one star for that frustrating problem. Here’s hoping we don’t have any power outages, but living in Florida where we get tropical storms with high winds which can cause power outages, I’m now prepared when they do happen.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Simple and compact

      Posted
      emiliosic
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      Have several UPS at home. This new model is the simplest UPS. The previous models from the same category are horizontal, like an oversized power strip. This model is taller but more compact. There's only one button, which turns green when powered and blinks when on battery mode. There are no beeps, and it's quiet. Keep in mine that this UPS does not produce a sine wave like an AC power outlet. This is not an issue with most PCs and consumer electronics. Because it's simple it's very lightweight without the battery. Also it has convenient wall-mounting holes (Like a power strip) so it could be mounted next to an electric panel. I was planning on using it with the internet router but end up installing it with a desktop PC instead. It also has a very convenient USB port, which can keep a phone or other USB device charged during power outages, but keep in mind that it provides 1.5 Amp, so it won't be a fast charge. It would've been preferable to have more and faster USB ports. On one side, there's also a red light that's on when there is no ground (Wiring fault) and an USB port, which provides the UPS status to a computer. Connected the USB to a Mac and it automatically recognized the UPS, indicating if it was running on battery power and percentage remaining. APC provides a software 'PowerChute' for Windows to provide similar information. The battery is simple to replace, with a plastic cover on the bottom of the UPS, no tools needed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      UPS that Works

      Posted
      OmieOne
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      APC makes nice UPS. This one is nice because of the compact form that it takes and fits nicely on the floor. Since I am using this for my networking equipment I haven't tried connecting it to a PC for auto shutoff and configuration. Though I may do that in the future to mute the beeping sounds that occur when power goes out. A nice feature on this is you can mute the beep during a power outage by holding the power button down for 2 seconds. That is handy and one of the reasons why I haven't dragged a laptop over to configure the UPS. The only downside with the compact form factor is large plugs that face right. As you can see in the picture they tried to space out the battery plugs to allow you to get the larger bricks that most home networking equipment like, but its hard to deal with plugs that just point to the right. As you can see one of my devices is blocking the now battery plugs. Keep plug size and direction in mind when planning on this UPS to make sure you have space for all the devices. Otherwise I have no faults with this device. It works, has the ability to mute the beep when power is out and will easily provide my home network equirement with power during outages. If you need a UPS this is perfect one, as long as you keep the in mind what you are plugging in.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Help keep your PC safe

      Posted
      Daniel
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      Every since I built my first PC, I've owned an APC UPS. If you're going to spend several hundreds of dollars on just a couple components in your system, why wouldn't you want to protect them? Every APC UPS I've owned has done an outstanding job of protecting my expensive electronics from any possible damage from a surge during a thunderstorm. The battery back-up has been especially crucial when I'm trying to get some work done on my PC just as the power goes out. I'm able to quickly save all my work before shutting everything down. No more lost work! The new 600VA model has another feature that I've found quite useful since moving into an old house: the UPS will indicate if there are possible issues with the wiring for the outlet it is plugged into (see screenshot). With my new APC UPS, I was able to identify all the outlets in my house that need to be checked by an electrician (and to not use them until then). This model doesn't have a very large battery, but it's big enough to let you save all your work and safely shut down all devices currently powered on and connected to it. If you spent more than $300 on your computer, I HIGHLY recommend you help protect it (and help prevent any lost work from a power outage) by looking into this UPS.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I LOVE APC!

      Posted
      Cipher469
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      I am a huge APC fan, having used their battery backup products for years. I started long ago with a unit for my computer. Later, as I began to upgrade my TVs to increasingly smarter and more expensive models, I got two more APCs for the TVs and their peripherals. Rarely have I had to depend on them for power for any significant length of time, but when a power outage did occur, they were on the job. The 600VA is a new, sleeker model than my 3 other operational APCs, making it ideal for backing up my modem/router, which is located in a closet. I had not previously thought of using one on the modem, but as we are in hurricane season with a storm approaching, it might just come in handy. It's advertised as providing up to 4.3 hours of power to a home network. Depending on how many devices you are trying to power, I don't doubt the claim. After fully charging, I tried it out on just one laptop with minimal use and got 6.5 hours before I stopped testing it out. The 600VA has 7 surge protected outlets, 1 USB port, and 1 data port providing lots of backup opportunities. That said, if the power does go out and you want to maximize battery usage, remember to unplug any devices that aren't critical to you during the outage. Also, it comes with a 5’ cord and a 3 year warranty. In the years that I have used APC, I have had 1 device that finally needed to be replaced (well after the warranty period). Instead of buying a new battery, I simply bought another device, because it didn’t cost that much more than just buying a replacement battery, especially if it was on sale. I love APC and do recommend the 600VA.

      I would recommend this to a friend





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