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POWER SUPPLY UNITS

APC Back ES-550VA UPS
By: Gabor Bernat
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    2009-04-08

    Table of Contents:
  • APC Back ES-550VA UPS
  • First Impressions
  • Setting it Up
  • UPS in Action
  • Final Thoughts

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    APC Back ES-550VA UPS - Final Thoughts


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    This APC product works well and will probably be all you need if you are an average user who just wants to plug in and forget about it. However, for more advanced users, the software that comes with it offers two strict options -- and that’s not much, if you ask me. Also, it would be nice if a way to measure power consumption was implemented, so you can tell at what level you are stressing the UPS.



    The Estimated Battery Time could be also made real time, so you can feel more like you control the device and not simply that it is working for you as it was designed to do by the producer. As UPS devices spread more and more, you want to attract customers with confidence and trust them so they will buy the package. The battery has a life span of around two years, which is acceptable, and a full charge needs 16 hours at most to complete.

    Also, as other users reported during the first days of use, the battery handles little of the system plugged into it, but with time this expands a little as the battery gets into the drill. As a rating, I would give this UPS device an 8.5 with positive points for how it works/looks but negative points mainly for the software and how it is controlled.

    Considering its price, we may say that it is cheap insurance to keep you from needing to shell out maybe thousands of dollars to replace your devices/components. Not to mention that if anything goes wrong  with the device and something burns out, APC is offering (as long as the company exists) to pay up to 100,000 Euro as  compensation. How’s that for some kind of guarantee?

    Thank you for reading my review. I invite you to post any question/observation you may have on this article or the it device reviews here on the blog, or to visit our ever-growing and helping community on the DevHardware Forums.


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