APC Back-UPS Pro 1000VA (BR1000G-IN) Review

Recently in the state of Tamil Nadu in India we had a change in the ruling government party. I am not sure whether the mistake is in the part of previous government or the current government but our state has been suffering from extreme shortage of power for the past few months. Sometimes we get 8-10 hours of power cuts per day. Such rolling blackouts are intolerable especially in the summer where outside temperature has the tendency to reach 40 degree Celsius. But we have nothing to do except hope that the situation will get better with time. The AC can wait but the computers cannot, so the time to buy a nice computer UPS had come.

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I already had a UPS which would have a backup of 10-15 minutes but now I needed a 1 hour plus backup solution. I started hunting for various solutions. From many forums I found out that APC was the best UPS solution for sensitive electronic equipments like computers and also their service was good. At the time of buying, I was not exactly clear about the terminology used in backup power solutions. I blindly believed that higher the VA rating of the UPS, the better it is because it would give a longer backup.

I ended up buying 1100VA APC Back-UPS which became a nightmare for me. The problem was that it would always run the fan at full speed and it was extremely noisy. I called APC technical support and they said it wasn’t normal and I got the UPS replaced. The second one had the same noise problem. I replaced it again and the third one also had the same problem.  Then I was forced the believe that this kind of fan sound was normal in this model. I was really frustrated. One could not concentrate on anything with such a noisy UPS near the computer. So the purchase was a failure. I wasted Rs.5,500 on this. Though it had a 30 minute backup capacity, it was impossible to use such an UPS.

I did some research further and decided to buy a little more premium range of UPS from APC. The dealer suggested me to go with APC BackUPS Pro 1000VA. It had some really cool features in it (which I will talk about later). He quoted Rs.7,500 and it is supposed to have a higher backup time than my previous UPS because it had a 18Ah (2x9Ah) internal maintenance free battery. I ordered it and got it delivered within a day.

APC Back-UPS Pro 1000VA (BR1000G-IN) Review

Now let us cut to the chase and come to the actual review of the UPS. The UPS is full black in color and the overall look is quite neat. One of my friends mistook it for a slender small form factor CPU when he first saw it. There is a digital display on the top which displays various metrics such as input voltage, current watts being consumed from the output, % of watts consumed, minutes remaining with current battery backup and current watts.

You can also see a 5 bar battery capacity indicator and above it the load from input. In my case the input load is always at 1 point and that’s good because overload is not good :)

If you are wondering what’s the relationship between VA and Watts that can be consumed… the relationship is simple.

1000 VA UPS can handle upto 600 Watts.

Usually it is a factor of x0.6 but some UPS units will have lower efficiency and you multiply it by a factor of 0.5… or let us put it like this – hald the VA capacity is the watts that can be consumed. Usually these details are available in the specifications sheet of the system.

Software and USB Connectivity

One big USP of this UPS (love the way it rhymes!) is that it comes with a software which you can install on your windows machine (Sorry mac guys) and you can configure auto shutdown when the battery is critically low so that your OS is safe from getting corrupted. You can also have a look at the battery capacity remaining and the health of the battery through the software. The UPS connects to the computer via a USB cable.

This software/feature is useless if you are keeping your UPS in an another room like I have, or if you use iMac/Mac Mini.

The Backup Battery for APC Back-UPS Pro 1000VA

One of the biggest advantages of this particulat UPS unit apart from it being absolutely stunning in looks is that it supports backup battery. You cannot connect any external battery to it, but only the backup battery unit that APC provides for this model. I bought the backup unit to increase my backup time from 50 minutes to probably 2 hours or so… but to my surprise, I am getting 3-4 times extra backup time from the additional battery. The extra battery costed me Rs.6,300 including shipping.

The backup battery unit has the same dimensions as that of the original UPS and has a single connecting wire at the back which you can use to connect to the UPS. Once connected, it will calculate the battery capacity in total and the numbers in the display will be consolidated.

Let us recap:

Pros

  • Stunning Looks
  • Affordable Cost
  • Displays cool stuff like minutes remaining and watts being consumed.
  • Can connect similar awesome looking battery pack
  • Relatively silent run than other UPSs in the market
  • Comes with auto shutdown software
  • Can switch off beeping sound

Cons

  • No pure sinewave – stepped approximation to sine wave only
  • Not 100% silent, will have fan noise during charging and discharging
  • Battery life is only 2.5-3 years according to what I have heard.
  • When you switch off beeping sound, it will not beep even when the battery is critical. I would love to have it in such a way that it does not beep as long as we keep working on battery but beeps at least when the battery is in critical stage so that I can shut down my PC when the battery is about to breathe its last.

Overall this is a great power backup solution for people who need battery backup for a few hours and are not ready to invest heavily in pure sine wave UPSs with external maintenance type batteries. Also it is sleek and does not occupy much space so it is well suited for people who are very paticular about interior aesthetics.

APC Back-UPS Pro 1000VA (BR1000G-IN) Official Website

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Comments

  1. Nice Review & Video!!
    Planning to buy one.

    • i bought one last week. the ups goes on discharging even when there is no power outage. i have to switch off my computer every time i need to recharge the ups

  2. Amir raghatwan says:

    Hii,
    First of all thanks for making a very good and detailed video.
    Second nice review.
    My question is whether it is compatible with Active PFC (Power Factor Correction) Power Supplies as produced by many well known brands like corsair, seasonic, cooler master etc. Any help in this regard will be very helpful.

  3. Michael says:

    Hi Nice Review and Cool UPS+Kit man (though costs a tiny bomb),
    I have the White APC BACK-UPS RS 1000VA (Good, but nothing too much to brag about). Just wanted to add a few pointers to some. APC UPS WILL NOT CHARGE/RUN on Low Voltage! Yes, you read that right. It would jump to battery and hibernate/turn off and especially with the way things are with the electricity situation over here, that sucks BIG TIME!

    The truth is nothing can be done about the EB situation because I had heard about the willful turning down of voltage every evening & night in summer, hence if you have the software you can see the voltage status throughout the day change like crazy. On a normal day too, you would not receive 230 volts(once in a million)!!! (216 volts as I type) Lowest I’ve seen 158 to 162 volts! sometimes even on 180 to 188 volts it won’t charge, because 188 is the cut-off for APC in the program!

    Also, terrible fluctuations in electricity screw up all/most of our electrical appliances. Computer and its components regardless of being connected to a UPS or not. Sudden high spikes when one areas line burns out with overloading and that sudden spike too kills stuff. SMPS’ blowing, hard disks, DVD drives, RAM dying, system getting corrupt when it’s doing some important task when voltage skips/trips or something, current boxes catching fire like a flower pot(cracker), transformers blowing, you name it, I’ve seen it all happen.

    I was advised to get a Servo-Stabilizer that has ratings that go as low as 160 volts, but the price of that stuff is high! And WTH?! To run one damn piece equipment you need to daisy-chain a costly Stabilizer to a costly damn UPS to a costlier damn Computer(considering the number of times stuff gets changed inside it), and how many Servo-Stabilizers do you want me to buy for all the equipment in the house?! I mean come on! Supply the Damn Right Amount of Power Instead Will Ya?!

    The idea I had was check if the other old make UPS’ I had lying around due to some computer work would turn on and they did! One is supposed to be Global and the other Proview and I had to literally Daisy-chain the RS 1000 to the other to get it to charge and work without turning my computer off in low voltage! I could literally see the so called crappier UPS’ sniggering their butts off at the APC! Costly a** Box, but can’t run on low voltage! humph :P

    So I think it would be a better/wiser option to spend that amount of cash to get an Inverter that supports running computer UPS at this price and just about any good UPS to run the computer from the inverter. That way you have power for both the computer and for at least a fan and light, because SERIOUSLY, you CANNOT sit and sweat it out with only your systems running, with 43C temp outside and frying/cooking yourself like hell inside!
    Just my 2 paise ;)

    • Hi Michael,

      The UPS what your are using is having different modes . As per the problem u are facing its better to set your UPS for Low sensitivity setting . Where it supports the the input from 160 volts to 286 Volts . I think your UPS is in default mode i.e medium sensitivity . So Kindly change the setting

  4. You are quite wrong about Mac Connectivity (Do you have an iMac?).

    Connect the ups via the usb cable directly to the Mac.
    Go to system preferences> energy saver>click on the UPS tab>click on shut down options.
    3 options
    1. Shutdown the computer after using UPS battery for:
    2. Shutdown the computer when the time remaining on the UPS battery is:
    3. Shutdown the computer when the UPS battery level is below :

    you can choose to display the remaining power on the battery in the status bar…Basically, unlike a PC, a Mac doesnt require you to put in the cd, run the software, install, blah blah blah..MUCH EASIER WITH A MAC!!!
    Cheers

  5. great review!
    one thing that i did not understand: is the pro version much quieter? does the fan turn off when battery is fully charged?
    thanks

  6. Where did you buy it from?

  7. Jijo George says:

    Hey i have the same ups.Lately it has been going into avr and the fan has been running with loud noise.This happens once it 2-3 days randomly for 30 min.Have u witnessed anything of this sort?

    • Hi Jijo,

      Avr turns on only when there is a low voltage at the site .As per my knowledge there is no problem with UPS . There is problem with the input voltage . Kindly measure the input voltage of your EB when ever the AVR turns on in your UPS.

  8. The APC Back-UPS RS 1100 is supposed to protect computers, monitors and other equipment, as it also includes a surge protector. But one place where it fails is, if it switches back from an incoming Inverter supply to the Normal Power supply. The UPS totally trips and the Computer restarts. Somehow the Computer has been able to withstand so many re-starts, but some data loss has occurred on the Computer. Having used other UPSes before like Microtek, CompactUPS and a few others that never Trip totally when switching back from an Inverter power supply to the Normal Power supply, I am shocked and dismayed at such occurrence on a UPS being offered by such an advanced company that specializes in UPSes. It seems that a company of the size and know how as the American Power Conversion has not been able to customize their UPS’s to the Indian environment, where most of the homes are equipped with an inverter because of the unsure power supply in most of the parts of the country. An inverter would be connected to the whole supply to the home. In view of this, making sure that the UPS does not get the Inverter power input is pretty difficult to setup. After going through the Manual, where a change is recommended in the sensitivity of the UPS and making the change, it did not improve the fact that the UPS trips totally when switching from an Inverter supply to the Normal Power supply. Sometimes, it makes one wish not to go for costly known products that do not perform, and rather stick to local/unknown brands that are more reliable.

  9. very good review thanks

  10. Excellent review Deepak and also excellent comment Michael. I too have the same BR 1000-IN and have the problem of low voltage. This is one drawback of APC. In chennai, the average voltage we get at night between 7 P.M to 1 A.M is around 145-160 V only. But APC needs at-least 185 V to run on AC power. Is there any UPS which runs on such low voltage also? I remember proview did. But how about the latest models?

  11. With that much amount of money you could have bought a home ups and a tubular battery and use it with your pc

  12. Subin Sebastian says:

    Ok, a proper review about BR1000 finally. Thanks mate.

  13. Aneesh C Philip says:

    I have got very bad experience with this unit. UPS battery backup reduced from 40 minutes to 10 minutes after 8 months of purchase, and service guy replaced the battery and it worked fine. After 8 months same issue battery life reduced to 10 minutes from 40 minutes. Now i concerned about battery replacement required every 8 months???any warranty extension scheme available here??? or any issue with the UPS other than battery?? now its under warranty so they will replace for free, but what will happen after warranty???

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