APC offers safe PC power

Power surges and outages can impair productivity and damage expensive equipment. APC’s Back-UPS RS 800VA is a nicely designed, relatively inex-pensive way to buy some insurance for the next time power problems strike. It features seven surge-protected outlets (four with battery backup) and comes with APC’s automated-shutdown software, PowerChute Personal Edition.

After plugging it in for more than eight hours (the time APC recommends to charge the device fully), I attached the included USB cable and connected it to my test computer, my power-gulping monitor, my cable modem and my broadband router. Next I installed PowerChute, which recognised the UPS and estimated my battery backup run time at 15 minutes (plus a 5-minute reserve). The software also offered options on how much reserve to leave before shutdown in case of a power failure; I selected the unit’s 5-minute minimum option. I pulled the wall plug and continued computing. My PC ran for 15 minutes and 30 seconds before the RS 800VA safely closed all of my documents and then shut down my system.

I tried plugging more peripherals into a separate power strip, which I plugged into the RS 800VA. When I attached my big-draw laser printer, PowerChute popped up an on-screen warning saying that I was exceeding the power rating — a nice touch.

PC Back-UPS RS 800VA
Price: $569
Vendor: American Power Conversion
Phone: 1800 652 725
URL: www.apc.com

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