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APC - Back-UPS 450VA Battery Back-Up System - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 1683 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So far, so good. Good tech support.

    Posted
    dean173
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    Only had these (bought two) for 24 hours, so I can't comment on longevity or performance. I can only say at this point that they appear to be well-made, and are acting as they should. I've tested them with electrical appliances, and they do what they're supposed to. I had one issue, and contacted Customer Tech Support, Jeremy from the Philippines was easy to understand and very helpful. One of my units acted perfectly, steady green light under AC power. But the other one was green for two seconds, then two flashes etc etc. The guide says that means the unit is supplying battery power to the outlets, the way it would act if the power went out. Yet it was plugged into an outlet. First thing Jeremy suggested was try another outlet. Duh...the ground fault on the original outlet was tripped, and the outlet was dead. As soon as I moved the unit and plugged it in, BINGO. Forehead slap. Now...as far as complaints about the battery being non-replaceable. There's a guy on YouTube who takes out the four assembly screws on the bottom, and removes a perfectly replaceable 12V, 4.5AH battery. Easily. Yes, you void the warranty, but after two years or so, I'm no longer going to worry about that. Shipping cost to return for service will cost more than the battery. So if this thing lasts a while, I don't see a problem. I paid $24.99 each for these. I think they're a steal at that price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It works great! With a few minor setbacks

    Posted
    Mich
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    I've purchased many variations of this APC Back-UPS (450v, 650v, some with USB, some with no USB), and i am very pleased with this model. In fact, i purchased two of them! Pros: -Small form factor means it can be tucked away behind a computer monitor on top of a desk. I see this as a huge plus vs. the competitors which take a huge amount of space -Perfect for network devices (modem/router), and even for smaller desktops (I have mine connected to an iMac and a second external monitor) due to its generous number of back-up power plugs (some do a half/half distribution. this model actually gives you more back-up plugs than non-backup plugs) -Flat power plug, so the outlet can be against a flat object (like a bookshelf, etc.) - No annoying beeps like some other models Cons: -No removable battery, but like some have said, you can buy a new unit for almost the same cost as a new battery -This model does *not* have USB ports. I bought this particular model for my iMac, so it's not an issue for me. However, i have a similar APC model with USB ports which are used 24/7, so keep this in mind. That's about it for my cons... it's a very great, reliable model. Like i said, i purchased two of these and am using one with an iMac + external monitor, as well as a second on a laptop dock with two external monitors.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Use it for my PS4

    Posted
    jking
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    I initially bought this for my gaming pc rig but soon realized that it was no where powerful enough to serve as a backup. So, I decided to hook my PS4 up to this instead and I cannot complain. If you didn't already know this, having any gaming console, TV, or computer plugged in directly to your wall socket is dangerous during storms/rainy seasons, or any time you are at risk of power outages. I plug my 43 inch flat screen and PS4 into this thing in case the power goes out in my house and I risk having them fried. I bought this during Black Friday/Cyber Week a couple of years ago for about $40 after taxes so I can't complain. It did happen once when the power to my entire neighborhood went out and this thing kept my PS4 and TV on long enough for me to power them off safely. I would 100% recommend this device to anyone interested in protecting their electronics. My only suggestion is do your homework before buying one. I had a 600Watt Power Supply Unit in my computer and this is a 450V surge protector. The 2 didn't go well together, but my PS4 and TV combo works.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Product but No Battery Replacement

    Posted
    bob5000
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Bought this UPS to replace a malfunctioning one by a different manufacturer. Like the small size and ability to hang on wall. This will provide power to our gateway and one switch. I have purchased over 12 APC UPSes over the years, and have also used other manufacturers. Have always come back to APC. Kicking this one star since this unit does not have a user replaceable battery and there is no mention of this on the Best Buy website, in the information from APC listed on the website, or on the box. It is not until you buy it and get it home and read the manual that you find this out. This is a new version and the older version has a user replaceable battery. Generally, I have had to replace batteries every 3-4 years, so with this unit it is throw it out and buy another one. Usual battery replacement cost is $25, and a new unit is $50 so that is a bummer. If this does not bother you, then it is a good product. I am considering returning it and buying something else.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    very good basic Back-UPS

    Posted
    georger1
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    I have purchased 2 over the last couple of years. First was to back up my FIOS terminal. Verizon no longer supports the original 8 hours of guaranteed back up time with the black motorcycle battery. If pushed they will provide a plastic box that holds 12 "D" batteries that does not automatically switch over on a power outage. My FIOS power circuitry to charge the orig battery burned out and they did not replace it. They haven't reduced my monthly bill with that missing support. I found that this UPS actually works better at a lower price than it would cost to periodically replace the original black battery in the FIOS package. I seems to do the job for short outages, don't know how it will hold up for a long outage. The second was to provide a power backup to the FIOS DVR receiver. That has always been a problem if the power went out. We record a lot of programs and if the power went out for a few minutes the unit does not fully reboot until you actually turn it on. If you are not home when the power goes off you can reboot it. The UPS seems to work well with that so far. So this basic UPS seems to be a reasonably priced product to support a device that you want to keep going during short outages.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works, Good, Right Price

    Posted
    WonderinBear
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    APC is lightweight, so it can be placed pretty much anywhere. It has an adequate number of plug-in’s available in the way the plug-in’s are placed and how they face on the APC makes it very easy to change cords and adapters in an out. I think this is a great feature because sometimes these APCs have their plugs placed in such a manner that makes it rather difficult to change a plug, if you’re changing equipment or something out. Being a 450 be a battery is probably not good for heavy use. However, for the setup of what a laptop and a monitor and standard printer, it would be more than adequate to give you enough time to shut down properly. I use my back up to power my route or modem and backup drives. In this role, it is an excellent, it will last through most power outages and allows you to continue to use the Internet and have access to your back at drives should be you be away from home and you have cloud capable backups such as the Western Digital my book series. The prices right you’re getting a good battery backup, that is, lightweight can be placed anywhere and will do the job, you need. With all that said remember it is a 450 VA I’ve seen a lot of people try to overuse these and obviously you need to pick the best battery backup for what you’re going to use it for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don’t buy APC brand...

    Posted
    Robotfan
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    Bought this a few weeks ago, on sale for $40, to keep my cable box powered up during power fluctuations. THIS PIECE OF JUNK DOES NOT-NOT-NOT WORK. My lights flickered today. CLICK: cable box powers down. This thing can’t even keep the tiny electrical load of a 6-month old cable box running?!?! So the cable box tries to reboot, CLICK. Three more times the box can’t even fully reboot and the UPS fails to do it’s job. Also, the manual describes several scenarios of status light plus beep tone, but it DOES NOT DESCRIBE THE BLINK PATTERN I AM SEEING, NOR THE BEEP TONE!!!!! I am VERY frustrated and I will NEVER buy another APC product ever again. I am going to try CyberPower as I hear they are very good. NOTE: Earlier when I did a search for APC UPS half of the results on Google were for CyberPower products. Just now when i did a search for CyberPower UPS there were ZERO results for APC! I guess that should tell us all who NOT to use...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      APCProductSupport

      Thank you for taking the time to review our UPS. I am sorry to hear about the issue you are facing with our UPS and any inconvenience it has caused. I would double check that that the cable box is plugged in the battery side of the UPS and not the surge only side. If the unit is plugged into the battery side I would try reboot unit the unit to see if the issue clears up on the unit. You can reset by disconnecting the power cable then the internal battery. After this you would want to hold the power button for around 10 seconds. You would then reverse the instructions to power on. If the issue still persists after this process please do not hesitate to reach out to an APCbySchneider support team since this unit would come with a 3 year manufactures warranty. We would be happy to assist you in resolving the issue. We offer email and chat services through our support site. APC

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not sure how to feel about it

    Posted
    JKing
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    Though I got it at a discounted price for the Black Friday sale, I can't say I am too happy knowing that the unit tripped and couldn't support a flat iron, my computer, and a small heating unit. I was considering returning it but thought it would be useful for protection with my PS4. Initially it was intended for supporting my gaming computer rig but that proved not useful. I am currently living in an older home, built in the 1920's so there is only one electrical socket in our room. Long story short is, it's a good looking, easy to use, and was extremely budget friendly at the time of purchase. Only downfall is, it's not necessarily doing the original job I hoped it would. Ended up purchasing a 900V unit as well to replace it (for much more money). There are a lot of variables in my particular circumstance. This is not a review to do anything but provide an honest opinion of my experience with this product. In the end, I am keeping the unit and not refunding it, therefore I am giving it 3 stars. This would likely only work with devices that require less energy usage/consumption. I have yet to reinstall the device.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      APCProductSupport

      Thank you for taking the time to review our UPS. I apologize that it didn't fit your needs. Usually this unit is designed to be connected to smaller equipment since it only supports 255 watts of equipment connected to it. Please do not hesitate to contact an APCbySchneider support team if you need any further assistance. 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: 3 out of 5 stars

    nice inexpensive UPS - but no USB management

    Posted
    kusdane1
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    APC UPS devices are the best. This one is inexpensive, and has a nice new compact form factor, ideal for sitting on a desk. BUT, and this was my fault for not double-checking, this model does not come with USB management support. I just assumed (again, on me) that it did, since every other APC UPS I've ever worked with (I work in IT - sys mgt), has had one. Even the older $40 low-end models used to come with USB management. I had bought this for my son's gaming rig that was super-expensive, which he spent a lot of time building this past xmas, so I wanted him to have 1) real surge protection and 2) auto graceful shutdown. He took a couple weeks to open this up and plug it in, but when he finally did, he discovered the lack of USB management, so no "automatic graceful shutdown" which was the point of me buying it for him. The next model up, which is $65 or so, is same form factor, but has USB management, and comes with a USB charging port, so I'll be purchasing that model.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      APCProductSupport

      Thank you for taking the time to review our UPS. Unfortunately you are correct the smaller BN450M doesn't come with the USB management software. It is however available on the next step up (BN650M1) which it sounds like you have already noticed. I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. APC

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Affordable Peace of Mind

    Posted
    techsimmons
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I just bought a rather high-end desktop computer, and missed the battery that laptops offered. They prevent damage and data corruption from under-voltage, sudden power loss, and even surges. This UPS was discounted by over 50% at time of purchase, and it runs well. I haven't tested it, but it should provide enough power to safely power down. Due to the lack of a data cable, I wouldn't feel comfortable using this for an extended duration on the battery. And while this isn't what the battery was made for, my computer stays on all day, thus a sudden power loss is still possible (though it may not cause damage). More expensive versions of this unit can tell the computer to shut down safely when reaching a certain threshold, via USB. For five stars, this unit should include a rudimentary solution to this, even if it makes the price somewhat higher. But overall, I am satisfied. If buying at full price, I would recommend getting the higher priced one with a USB cable, as it's not much more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bad implimentation for connecting battery

    Posted
    Terry
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Last time I bought one of these, to connect the battery you just opened the battery cover, attached the wires to the battery terminals, and closed the lid. Easy! Now you remove something that looks like a very large car fuse (a plastic part with two metal terminals), and shove it into a slot on the bottom of the battery. The first time I tried it was very hard to push this part in and the battery did not connect properly. It was very hard to pull the part out to try again and when I looked in the slot it looked like I had pushed the contacts into the battery. I tried again and it seemed to work (I did not get any flashing lights) but just three ir four weeks later the unit started flashing and beeping and indicated battery not connected or battery needed replacement. Money down the drain and unit niw going to recycle.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      APCProductSupport

      Dear Terry,
      Thank you for taking the time to review our BN450M. We appreciate the feedback and were sorry to hear about this issue. Connecting the battery should be relatively simple for these models, so we apologize for the difficulty you faced. Please do not hesitate to contact an APCbySchneider support team if we can ever be of further assistance. APC

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just right size with the right qualities...

    Posted
    Nae2boss
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    I use multiple UPS units to keep the power going continuously on certain devices in my house. This unit was specifically purchased to power some smaller "not so wattage hogging" devices, and the price was right as well as the size and specifications. Purchased it, plugged everything in, and it all worked. I'd like to say the experience was amazing or something, but I know what I need and how it should work, and it worked (and continues to work) perfectly. While l also have larger units for more powerful equipment, this smaller unit fit in quite nicely for multiple battery chargers etc. Overall highly recommended and a great price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Backup battery does not work

    Posted
    Nematoda

    I purchased this produce in November, but only recently have I experienced any power outages to see if it works. The first time, the unit did not back up the connected modem and router. I wasn't sure if I had connected something incorrectly, so I checked everything, and all seemed well. I just experienced another outage, but again, no backup. I've made sure that I connected the battery (Duh!), which I did. and made sure that the devices I want backed up are plugged in the correct outlets on the UPS. So, I'm reasonable sure the problem is not my fault. Obviously, though, if the unit doesn't back up my devices for even 10 seconds, that's not what I paid for. Right now, I'm extremely unhappy. Since there are so many good reviews, it may be that I just got a lemon, but still I can only review what I have and it doesn't do what it is supposed to do.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gives Peace of Mind

    Posted
    DF99
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    The electricity does not go out often, but it does it is unexpected. My new computer manual said the computer could get damaged if has unexpected shutdown due to power loss. I want to be able to watch movies and TV shows without worrying that my computer could get damaged if the electricity goes out. This product allows me to be able to use my computer knowing I have time to safely shutdown my computer if the power goes out. I like the silent alarm - just a green blinking light when the battery is being used instead of electricity. I like the small size and there is enough outlets for everything I need covered for my computer, TV/Monitor, DVD, printer - backup outlets, TV antenna and lamp - surge outlets.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Replaceable Battery

    Posted
    Ezcapizm
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    I work from home as an IT professional; wish I had 3 of these a while back during a recent windstorm outage, one for my work PC, router/modem, and switch. I would have had a bit of time to save my work and also the fam could have stayed on the Internet with our wireless battery devices for who knows how long. Easy to set up, has a replaceable battery, and comes with a QC/inspection verification receipt. FYI: 180 joules isn't even close to protecting from a lighting surge BUT it is for other things like possibly an electric company or transformer outage. To truly protect your home from lightning strikes (unless it directly/indirectly hits your home) you'll need something in tandem with this, such as "whole-home protection" tied into your circuit breaker and/or lightning rods, etc.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great for short power hits

    Posted
    angelkatnh
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    I've bought 2 of these, one last Nov (at a great black friday price 25.99) and more recently on sale at 41.99. What I like is they are more compact and lighter than my prior UPS's. I hope they last as long (over time->years) as the others did. We experience tiny power glitches that play havoc on satellite box, this avoids that. With longer power hits, it gives you time to do a graceful shutdown, especially for PC/fiber modem. I can't speak to how long they run on battery because I normally shut things down or wait at most 5 minutes to let the end of a TV show record. Helpful hint: I put labeled plastic tags (from bread bags) for each device at the cord end so it is quick to reset a device (not power related).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good UPS

    Posted
    Speed
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    I liked this small form factor UPS. While, it isn't as wide or long as more squarish UPS designs in the past, the tall, but skinny design can work well for many users' needs. I actually wanted it in the older design to fit it underneath a couch, but I digress. One reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the batteries are not user replaceable, at least not designed for such. There are ways to replace it, but you'd have to seek unofficial info to do so. By making it a "throw away" item when the batteries are no longer providing charge, users may throw these into the regular trash than take it to a battery recycling center. And I'm not even sure that a battery recycling center will take an entire UPS to handle the battery disposal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    perfect for power flickers

    Posted
    AngelKat
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    I have several UPS' First two were because the work I did on PCs was better to have the ability to log off gracefully in the event of a power failure. The third is on the directv satellite box. We have half second power fluctuation and those boxes don't tolerate it. They have to reset and it takes 10-15 minutes. If you are recording or watching something, it is painful. The UPS eliminates this problem. We did not have a UPS on the 2nd TV because my husband didn't feel it was necessary.. until those little power interruptions happened one too many times.. but MOSTLY to end my long story, because the Black Friday week price on this item was OUTRAGEOUSLY discounted compared to all the other prices.... and free ship to home!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works as designed, but spend a little more to...

    Posted
    Ryan
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    I didn't notice when I grabbed 3 of these in a rush that they didn't have USB connections to trigger a shutdown on the computer they're attached to. If you aren't using a computer with this or don't care, this is a great UPS. But, if you're intent is to connect a PC to this, get a more expensive model with a connection to your computer that will allow your computer to safely shut itself down when the battery reaches a critical low. Without that your computer is just going to die, unsafely, if you're not around to do it manually when this battery dies.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      APCProductSupport

      Thank you for taking the time to review our UPS. I apologize that the smaller 450VA unit don't come with the USB port to provide a graceful shutdown. The reasoning behind it is the unit is designed to connect to smaller equipment like your modem and router. If you do need the graceful shutdown you can go up to the BN650M1 and it would come with the port to connect to the UPS. APC

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Basic

    Posted
    BLFox1
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    Unit is a good basic model, however, does not do everything it says. The audio alerts do not seem to work as the manual says. Since there is only one button it says everything is controlled via that--but so far only thing we have seen is the on/off action. The audio alert (beeps) on/off (mute) does not seem to happen at all, but maybe we are missing some tight time frame on that control functionality. Either way is either difficult to use or doesn't function as listed. Otherwise unit seems to work well. Is a strong drawback that it does not have the USB connection to send shutdown alerts, etc. Make sure you are going to be using it on devices that don't care if they are suddenly powered off (network switch, router, charging, etc.).

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      APCProductSupport

      Thank you for taking the time to review our BN450M. The unit offers a quick mute option by shortly pressing the power button for less than 2 seconds during an alarm. There is also the option to turn off the on battery alarm completely. With the UPS turned on, you can configure the on battery indicator modes by holding down the power button and waiting for the third beep. At the third beep, the power button will cycle red/green. Release the power button and its color will indicate the mode it is in. You can mute the on battery alarm permanently by pressing the power button so the mode selector is flashing red. Once the mode as been selected please wait 5 seconds for the settings to be saved to the UPS. The BN450M doesn't have the option for shutdown software because traditionally it used for smaller routers and modems. The feature is available in our BN650M1 which is the next step from the BN450M. If you run into any issues with the unit please do not hesitate to contact 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