Protect Your Servers From The Unexpected The APC Way
Sep 25, 2010
Pros: Clean power for up to 35 minutes; LCD readout display.
The Bottom Line: Final analysis: the Smart-UPS RS1300LCD does what it is supposed to do—protect my servers from harmful electrical events and provide a source of emergency power; it does it well.
I have for years relied on the UPS Systems from American Power Conversion (APC), and I have no less than five different types connected to my various computers at home and work. APC has been making UPS systems since 1984 and is the industry leader in UPS and related technologies. From very small home systems to very large multi-battery enterprise systems, APC has something for everyone.
When we bought our current home thunderstorms were not a problems; the electricity stayed on through thick and thin. But, recently when the sky darkens, moves, flashes and opens up the electricity quits! And the (6) computers in my personal server farm lose power! Not good. So I decided to purchase two new UPS systems (three servers per unit I naturally turned to APC; this time it was two new APC Smart-UPS RS1300LCD UPS Systems.
So What is a UPS?
A UPS is a hardware device that is placed between a power outlet or source, and your computer, peripherals and or printer. The UPS is designed to protect the computer and related equipment from “power outages, surges, electrical noise and power spikes, by; 1). Automatically switching power over to an internal battery whenever AC power is lost; 2). Providing a source of clean regulated power whenever a noise is detected, and; 3). Protecting the equipment attached to the UPS from spikes and surges.
Each UPS is rated as being able to handle a load (output) expressed in Volt/Amperes (VA), and watts (W). The level of equipment the UPS can handle depends on this rating. The Smart-UPS RS1300LCD is designed to provide 1300VA (Volt Amps) of power with a 780W output. When planning which UPS to purchase for your needs, you must take into account ALL the equipment you plan to attach to the batter backup outlets on the back of the UPS, by adding up the wattage each piece will draw. Failure to account for all of the equipment can result in overload, and thus inadequate protection for your equipment. The Product
APC targets the Smart-UPS RS1300LCD at the home as well as small to medium-sized business user. The “Smart” moniker springs from the ability of the UPS to speak to the computer and relay its status, and it also refers to the UPS’ ability to shut the computer down (in conjunction with PowerChute Personal Edition UPS management software) if there is a blackout. The Smart-UPS RS1300LCD is a UPS designed to provide short-term emergency (battery) power to a computer, monitor, and essential peripherals in the event of a power outage or noise.
The Smart-UPS RS1300LCD is a free standing traditional UPS system that features a long 6-foot cord, an audible alarm, and user-replaceable, hot-swappable battery. The Smart-UPS BR1300LCD is equipped with (6) battery-powered/surge protected outlets and (2) regular surge protected placed in two vertical rows on the back of the unit. The UPS also features a centrally located exhaust fan. And like all modern UPS units the Smart-UPS BR1300LCD can provide surge protection for a Ethernet network connection (RJ-45), (RJ-11) telephone line, and BnC cable connection.
The battery in the Smart-UPS BR1300LCD is a maintenance-free, leak-proof, lead-acid battery with Intelligent Battery Management, that features Micro-processor controlled battery charging and diagnostic testing ensures maximum battery life.
Once plugged in the Smart-UPS BR1300LCD is powered off. If the battery needs to be charged the small fan cuts in while the battery is charged. I plugged my computer in, powered the unit on, end of story. To test the unit, unplug it, the battery takes over, and the alarm sounds. Push the right button to mute the alarm.
The novel feature of the flat black unit is the red Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) provides 20 status indicators readouts on many crucial pieces of information, including voltage in/output, wattage output, estimated run-time (in minutes) of battery time, and how many (power) events the UPS has experienced. The LCD screen also tells one at a glance the status of the battery; e.g. fully charged or percentage of charge. These readouts can be accessed via one of the two round buttons (one labeled Push to Mute, the other is the power button) on the front of the unit.
Conclusion To me a UPS is a must have, and the Smart-UPS RS1300LCD is a solid investment in my humble opinion. Since installing the Smart-UPS RS1300LCD, the UPS has experience three (thunderstorm related) events with nary a hiccup from the attached devices. The longest outage lasted approximately 20 minutes and the UPS only lost half of it battery power.
APC ships software, called Powerchute Personal Edition, with the UPS unit, but since the Smart-UPS RS1300LCD is designed for personal use, it is not really all that useful for controlling multiple computers, so I didn’t install it. You can also connect the unit to a computer via a UPS cable which allows the Smart-UPS RS1300LCD to “speak”Powerchute Personal Edition. But, I skipped the cable as well; see above for why.
The Smart-UPS RS1300LCD set me back some 192.00 each at retail, but I think the units will pay for themselves over time. How much is your data worth? Data production and asset protection are paramount, and I can’t afford the downtime associated with damaged equipment as a result of a power event. Purchasing the Smart-UPS RS1300LCD just makes good personal and business sense.
In the final analysis the Smart-UPS RS1300LCD does what it is supposed to do—protect my servers from harmful electrical events and provide a stable source of emergency power—and it does it exceedingly well, and in style thanks to the cool LCD panel. With enough power to support almost all of today’s power-hungry computers, monitors and printers, not to mention the odd peripheral the Smart-UPS RS1300LCD is the ideal solution for home and small to medium business users.
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Vincent Martin (vemartin)
I am an IT Professional and have worked in the industry for over 20 years. I may be a computer geek, but I also like reading, writing, cooking, music, current events and regretfully, politics.
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Protect computers and other sensitive electronics with reliable backup power. Boost Automatic Voltage Regulation preserves battery life and maximizes runtime by correcting low voltages without discharging the battery. Adjustable voltage sensitivity adapts the UPS for optimal performance in specific power environments or generator applications. Intelligent, micro-processor battery management for maximum battery life. Power conditioning protects connected loads from surges, spikes, lightning, and other disturbances. Automatic battery self-test ensures early detection of a battery that needs to be replaced. Graphics display showing modes of operation, system parameters and alarms. Protection Type: N/A; System VA: 1300 VA; Backup Time at Half Load: 18.4 minutes @ 390 Watts; Lines: N/A.