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APC - Back-UPS Pro 1100VA Battery Back-Up System - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 212 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great UPS for small to mid size needs

    Posted
    Bill
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    I have purchased a number of these units and am extremely satisfied with them. They are easy to set up - just plug in the unit and plug in the devices you want to have surge protected or surge protected and battery backed up. There are also 2 USB ports on the front to charge cell phones, etc. or to allow you to monitor operation/events from a computer using supplied software (I have never used this function so I can't comment on that). Protected devices will receive clean, 120 VAC power during wall power surges or brown-outs. This helps reduce power surge damage to sensitive devices and help keep computers from rebooting due to a temporary outage or brown-out. You should ensure that the total wattage needs for your devices don't exceed the rating of the unit but for most audio/video or computer systems this should not be a problem. If you do exceed the wattage (which I have done on one A/V + computer system) you should buy a 2nd unit and split (balance!) the load across 2 units. The units provide some outlets for surge only and others for battery backup + surge. Put critical items (e.g. computers, etc.) on the batter backup outlets. Battery backup duration will vary depending on the total load your devices draw. Information about your loads, battery life, etc. is available from the front panel display (cycle through displays via push button). An audible alarm can be turned on/off to alert you when a brownout or power outage event occurs. The display goes to sleep unless an event occurs. The unit also provides error diagnostic codes to help you determine fault conditions. One item of note: The battery in these units do not last forever. 2-3 years is not an uncommon battery life expectation, after which you will need to replace the battery (or entire unit). Additionally, excessive surges (e.g. close lightning strikes, etc.) can damage or degrade the surge protection circuitry. In general, though replacing a battery is easy and cheaper than buying a new unit, I typically replace units when the battery dies as you're never sure if the surge protection circuitry has been damaged/degraded.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    APC Typically is my go to UPS

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    Mark
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    I work in IT and we typically use APC UPS backups. I have an older startups 1100, but needed a second unit. I like the display showing the load, battery runtime, input/charging, etc. It has outlets for surge protection only as well. You can install the software for your computer that will auto shut it down. It has some outlets for larger power supplies, so that you don’t burn up two for one. The telecom provider we have service with uses a well known brand (not sure if I can post the brand here), that we’ve had issues with. If the battery starts to fail, it will cause the power to flicker. This is even if your facility power never flickers. I know the power never flickered because the UPS was in our data center which all the outlets are backed by our large UPS. To my knowledge this has never happened with our APC units. You can buy less expensive units, but I like the size and again the ability to see the stats.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    didn't work with my pc

    Posted
    DSimons
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    I work from a home office and bought this solely to protect my pc during outages, especially since we had a couple recent incidences of the power flickering off and on. Had the power go out this morning and this didn't work with my pc. It looked good for a few seconds, then the pc went dark. After some mouse jiggling and key tapping it came back asking if I wanted to resume Windows (which is not a natural sleep mode). After it finished restarting it went back down a couple of seconds later and wouldn't come back. On the display the battery showed fully charged (has been plugged in for several days) and load only one bar. Will be returning to try something else.

    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 issues you are facing with the unit. I would double check in the Power Saver options to make sure you have it set to go to sleep during a power outage instead of hibernating which sounds like what it went into too. If you need assistance in finding this option please do not hesitate to reach out to an APCbySchneider support team. We offer email and chat services through our support site. APC

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    BB replaced the defective product at no time flat

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    Evan
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    I received the first unit which appears someone has already opened it before and returned it because it was defective. I unpack this first unit and spent 20 minutes setting it up and troubleshoot it and deem it as defective also. I contacted BB support and got a replacement with in a week, and UPS came to pick up the defective unit soon afterwards. It was the easiest return / replacement I ever experienced, but I just wish I have a bit more notice. The replacement unit appears to be working for 3 weeks now, but I have not yet experienced a power failure yet. I hope the defective unit is a one off unit, and it is not a norm.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Trust me you need one more than you think

    Posted
    PCMR
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    So long story short my server kept getting yanked off the mains when I didn't want it to. Had to rebuild my windows home server image (which was a massive pain, I'm a busy guy after all) bought this--zero issues since. don't be like me and wait until the fix eats hours of your time just get a UPS now. as for this model in particular battery capacity is adequate and the software it comes with is oddly alluring, no I'm serious I spent way longer than I'd like to admit just starring at the power statistics, real time power usage, and estimated battery life based on current load.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    Posted
    Brent

    I bought this because my power supply had died the night before because of a power surge. I picked up another psu and ended up buying this also. I gave it 4 stars because there is an audible noise coming from it but its not noticeable if you have headphones on or if you are in a louder than normal scenario. This things is amazing because I was gaming and another power surge happened and it took it like a champ. This ups is a real life saver.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works as Intended

    Posted
    zoom88jr
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    Purchased this as a replacement for an older unit that was smaller and the battery finally quit. Since I needed an immediate replacement, it was this one or a smaller unit. I chose this one and am happy with it thus far. It has enough places for connect our computers, wireless router and cordless phone. We've had one extended power outage and the unit kicked in immediately and provided uninterrupted access to my laptop. We have random power surges and this is when i'm glad to have my laptops on the power surge and battery back-up connection. This unit should last me a good while.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    APC BN1500 Battery Run Time

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    jacob844
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    Purchased this unit after an older BX1500 failed even after replacing the batteries. My only need was to protect HP PC, VISIO 32 inch Monitor, ORBI Router from brief power loss. Initially the back up power reading was 57 minutes, not what I expected. Ten days later when I ran a self-test, the reading was down to 27 minutes. Not sure why the drop as battery showed 100% charge on both self-tests. I don't shut down my computer, my point on purchasing an APC was extended runtime which I thought would be 90-120 minutes, not so. I realize the more you connect, the less time you have on battery backup. Reviews can be misleading.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      APCProductSupport

      Thank you for taking the time to review our UPS. I am sorry to hear that the runtime wasn't what you expected. It may be because the Back-UPS Pro 1100VA is slightly smaller than your older BX1500. If the runtime does keep reducing please 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Many APC UPS's later, this one seems fine too.

    Posted
    Larry
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    The batteries need replacing eventually. They aren't all metal cases any more. But I've used APC UPSes of various types for decades now, and they've all been good enough (i.e. they've saved a lot of equipment over the years). Run-down time isn't that great, but mostly good enough to shut a system down without losing anything, once power's totally out. Endless power dips have gone by with (almost) never an actual outage from those. Good units and so far this one lives up to 'the usual'. Equipment replacement 'guarantees' I've never really had to test so far, so nothing to say at this point on that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than I expected!

    Posted
    P51DMustanG
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    The power goes off in my home very often. usually the power stay off and on for less than 10 to 20 minuets for 3 to 5 times a day. I finally decided to buy 3x1500VA & 1x1100VA battery systems after I lost couple of routers few weeks ago. During recent storms the power went out as usual but my 82" tv, desktop and other sensitive electronics was on until the power back on.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Typical APC quality and ease of installation

    Posted
    RacerX
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    This is an upgrade from my old APC UPS. The APC PRO 1500NET I replaced was a serial interface and when the batteries failed the cost of replacing the batteries vs a complete new USB unit was only a $50.00 difference. Easy setup. The battery showed up with almost a full charge on it. It was pretty much just plug it into the outlet and plug in my computer, monitor. Very easy display to read. Only disappointment was that there was no PowerChute software included but it was easy to down load

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good and reliable

    Posted
    RMSVideo
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    I have been using APC Backup UPS units for many years and haven't had any issues with a total of four UPS Backup units purchased durring the last 14 years. This unit has the EMI and RFI noise filtering technology and it works!! When I run the washing machine, a light not plugged into the UPS unit pulsates and drives me nuts. When I plug the light into the unit, it no longer pulsates :) This just proves that the EMI and RFI noise filtering really works. Plus the LED screen monitoring of events and watt usage is real handy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good drop in replacement for an older APC

    Posted
    tbird800
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    When an older APC unit started beeping due to a failed battery, it was time to get a replacement. I looked at some of the cheaper APC units and they apparently don't have replaceable batteries anymore. This unit fit the bill and seems to work well so far. The reason why I required a replaceable battery is I have since repaired the other unit with new batteries and put it right back in service. No reason to throw out perfectly working devices if they can be repaired.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    quality UPS

    Posted
    DHCrocks
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    APC makes great UPS's and this is no exception. The new design of the cases looks a lot nicer and the display has a lot of information for you geeks out there. The front USB charger (type A and C) is very handy and has a 3A output so it will charge just about anything. It has 6 UPS outlets and 4 surge so I can plug in my PC, 3 monitors, printer and speakers all into the backup outlets so I get full blackout protection on my whole system and the 1100VA is enough to run it all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If 1500VA is too much...

    Posted
    Ian9
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    Get the higher capacity 1500VA if you can afford it, otherwise the 1100VA should be adequate for a single computer to last 20 minutes (depending on your PC's wattage requirements) UPS batteries typically last a couple years so be prepared to replace if you don't get a lot of time out of the battery when the power goes out. I deployed a few dozen of these around my office complex, helpful when the power flickers and everything stays running.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional Value

    Posted
    prof2000
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    I have wanted this unit for some time, and was finally able to get it at an excellent price during the Black Friday sale. It provides excellent backup for my new PC and new monitor, and their external drives. My equipment has relatively low power draw, and I get almost an hour of run time when losing power, which is more than sufficient to backup crucial files, and power everything down safely.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for home office

    Posted
    bostonpc

    I bought this item to replace the 1300va model, which was too loud for my needs. This one is not only silent under all loads, but also features front usb and usb c ports for phone charging (all on battery), which is a great feature. I am able to run my gaming pc, and 2 lcd monitors on this easily without overloading. It works seamlessly with APC's powerchute program (needs updating), and is a relatively small form factor, compared to a lot of other comparable ups models.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for protecting my tech

    Posted
    LoveTheSwitch
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    Every time we have an electrical storm in Houston, I get nervous for my tech. I got two of these to plug in my gear in my home office and in my computer engineer wife’s office. They work great and have had no problems. My only recommendation to someone looking into buying one of these is find out how much power you need. This has plenty of power for us, but some may find it isn’t enough. Very good buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great price for a reliable APC UPS

    Posted
    Streetcar
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    I have been looking to replace my APC UPS because the battery is dead and unit was 7 years old. I called APC and they offered a replacement at a discount. I preferred to buy local so I have been watching Best Buy emails for a deal and this came up on deal of the day for $99. Fantastic price. These units are reliable and I like that it has all the outlets and has the visible indicators on the front.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Battery Backup

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    Sabretooth78
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    I've had this for about 5 months now to provide battery backup for a gaming PC. Due to demand, it generally reports only 15-20 minutes of power available, but that is more than enough to allow you wait out a short outage or at least exit whatever you're playing and shut the computer down gracefully. It has saved me on a couple occasions where the electricity cut out for a couple seconds at a time.

    I would recommend this to a friend