This review focuses on the BR1500G and BR24BPG models
The following is a lengthy review of the BR1500G UPS backup as well as the BR24BPG supplement battery pack and the The attempt I made to review each of these units separately resulted in my deleting the review of the last model in favor of the latest. The following review pertains to all three of them. In comparing the BR1500G and BX1500G, there are several key differences. As some reviewers have suggested, they are not on par with each other. All 3 types of these are my possessions. In addition to the BM1500G type, there is also a new BM1500G type that I haven't tested or purchased, so I will not include it There are usually around $150-$200 rates for 1500VA APC models The average cost from most vendors is $200. The 3 boxes are all good devices, but they differ slightly from each other. I'm going to use just the first two letters of the model numbers when referring to the BR1500G and the BX1500G in order to shorten the confusing model numbers. It would be more accurate if I called it the expansion pack since it has a lot of features. 2 of the BRs, 1 of the expansion packs, and 1 of the BXs are currently in my collection. There is a unique connector on the BR UPS backup that the BX and BM backups do not have. This connector allows a battery expansion box to be added to get three times the battery life. A BR alone will give you less battery time. If the BR and expansion box are used together, this connector makes the BR model a better buy. I believe that the UPS box BR is the best of all the boxes reviewed here, even without the expansion unit. Avoid buying the BX or BM models when you can get a better BR model. On their own, all of these UPSs are excellent. A few features of the BX are lacking it does not support battery expansion packs, charges MUCH more slowly, and does not have the AVR Trim function or as good surge suppression for coax and phone connections as the BR. In my collection I have a BR that's paired with an expansion pack, one BR that's used alone, as well as a BX that's on its own. This type of UPS is used by a lot of equipment. Purchasing both the BR and expansion pack together is a good idea if you have the budget for both. If you wait too long, you may not be able to buy them separately. You will spend twice as much money buying both, but you'll have three times the amount of battery power. It will be a short time. A pair of 9 Ah 12V batteries on the BR and BX UPS form a 24V supply when they are connected together. If you add the expansion box to a BR model, you'll get four more batteries of the same type. The total number of interconnected units is 6 (two units are interconnected). With the expansion pack added to the BR model, you can keep your devices powered for a longer period of time. BR UPS's battery expansion box has no use by itself in most cases, and must be paired with one. There is no way to increase the 1500VA on the BR When the expansion unit is added, the output rating increases to 865W. It will run longer, but you will have to increase the time it runs the devices it is plugged into. In addition to the 6 batteries in the expansion unit, the BR can charge and discharge all six batteries in its own Therefore, the BR is faster than the BX when used alone. In comparison, the BR has a more efficient charging circuit that can charge six batteries at the same time whereas the BX is only designed to charge no more than two batteries at once In addition, if any of the batteries are worn out (even in the expansion unit) you will receive a notification. If the batteries in either UPS Backup need to be replaced, they slide easily in and out so that high currents do not affect Note, however, that the expansion unit does not have a sliding system for inserting or removing batteries. In order to replace the batteries in the expansion unit, you will have to open it up and replace them carefully. some sacrifices in ease of removal had to be made in order to fit 4 batteries in the same size chassis as the UPSs used. However, replacing the wires is not too complicated as long as you pay close attention to where the old ones came from and insert the new ones in the same location. It's always a good idea to take a picture beforehand so I can refer to it later. All three UPS units and expansion boxes are rated as having a battery life of three years. Though you can expect it to last for 2 years in most cases. Power outages may result in your batteries having to be charged and discharged more frequently, which may prevent you from receiving 2 years from Your UPS will tell you that your batteries need to be replaced when they're bad, and you need to do it at once and as soon as possible. A faulty battery will slow the system down so it can't provide power for very long, even if just one is defective. Replacing all the ones in the box as soon as you get a warning is therefore imperative. It is also a good idea to keep the boxes plugged in and charged if you are not planning on using them for a long period of time. The batteries will go bad if left uncharged for too long. Remember to keep them charged to get the most life out of them. It is common for people to use UPS backups as portable power supplies, unplugging them when they are not near an AC outlet and plugging them back in when they are again near one. Although it is possible to do so, recharging the batteries frequently and quickly can have an adverse effect on their longevity as well. It seems the BRs and BXs have a fan that sometimes runs even when the batteries are not being charged or discharged. My guess is that it's a temperature-controlled process. Even though it's not any louder than my PC fans, certain people might be sensitive to white noise, and the only way to turn it off is to turn off the UPS completely (never mind the idea of a UPS in the first place). In addition to my BX and stand alone BR, I have a 3D printer and lights and accessories to accompany both. The BR works with my expansion pack to power the other critical electronics in my home (Computer, audio/video system, some lights, etc. ). A BR/expansion pack gives me about 90 minutes of battery backup time, and about 30 minutes on the expansion pack alone From the BX and BR stand alones, it takes 60 minutes. In order to keep the backup of critical devices on the UPSs under 50% of the available capacity, I limit their load to 5%. Check to be sure your display doesn't ever hit 100%. As a result of overloading or running these backup systems at full capacity, both batteries and the UPS electronics are damaged over time. Fortunately, these backup systems switch to battery power and then back to line current very quickly. The electronics on my laptop continue to work without error even when the power is out. The alarm let me know the power had gone out even though I wouldn't have known if not for it. The sinewave output of these UPSs is rounded off. All my devices seem to be able to get close enough to a sine wave to work, but I do not know for sure. However, you should be aware that some PCs and sensitive devices might need a true RMS (sine wave) output. Some devices that feature AC motors or fans will make a slight whirring noise if they are running on a UPS and not receiving true AC power. In order to use true RMS, you will have to invest in more expensive UPSs designed to keep sensitive electronics running. This usually costs over $350 for 1500VA (hours). That is the state of most electronics which need true RMS. There may be a limited number of devices that can run on UPS power, and you may only find out when your device refuses to run. It is not necessary to deliver true RMS incoming power to most electronics designed for home use. There is one thing in the instructions and warranty information that I am concerned about. As the customer is responsible for the shipping costs to APC for all warranties repairs, APC says the customer must cover it. states that a reconditioned unit will be sent back to you. Shipment back to them is their responsibility. I don't like that after paying for a new unit, APC sends a reconditioned one back to me. In the case of a warranty claim, they should cover both shipping costs and provide you with There is no mention of this bad policy in the advertisement, so I took away one star. In order to use these UPS devices, you don't need to install the software on your PC, but having the UPS attached to your computer gives you more tweaking options and information. The power history tool records events in Windows event viewer and displays them when you open Windows power history. Through the software, you can look at the long-term trends in power usage and issues. You'll find it in your system tray as an icon. Due to the fact that I only use Windows 7 and 10, I am not aware of whether Linux and Macs are supported. It is a great design that fits right in with black electronic equipment. They are made of plastic and look excellent. I think that this design is much better than other brands' clunky boxes. It would be impossible that anyone would realize that these chassis are not part of the electronics system if they were exposed. Getting rid of the enemy can be done using a kill-switch You can find out what your equipment can handle (they are cheap) before purchasing a UPS by purchasing a Watt meter. You should get both the peak VA and wattage settings of each device that you will be installing on UPS units are usually sold by the maximum VA rating and sometimes by the power rating. Be sure to double the totals of your equipment needs and only buy UPSs that will meet this doubled total. When your UPS is used more than about 50% of its rated load, it may be hard to switch over When battery times are shortened, they no longer serve any purpose. Also, don't use the backup socket for every bit of data you have. Make a list of what you will put in each socket (because they can perform different functions based on where they are plugged I turned off the slave/master on/off power saving feature since I only put my critical stuff on the slave side. Also, figure out if you need the power saving feature in the first place and if not, just turn it off. You should only use surge protection only on devices that you will not need in the event of a power outage. The UPS has a nifty overload indicator too that helps you determine if you are hitting the maximum VA or wattage of this UPS during an outage. You can also relocate a device you can live without during a power outage and mount it on the surge only side. You can save money by doing your research on how your devices use electricity to determine how to connect them to the UPS and how you might be able to save some power by connecting them to the UPS. Ensure that microwave ovens or major appliances like water heaters, refrigerators or washer/dryers are not connected to the UPS. If these devices are connected to a UPS, the power surges will exceed the capability of the UPS, which will fry it. As you may have a lot of things you need on battery backup, you might want to divide your power needs into subsytems (such as by the location of the equipment or by type Running each subsystem from a separate UPS is ideal. As opposed to one large UPS trying to power all systems, it is much better to have several smaller UPS units, each running their own subsystem. You would spend less money in the long run with one huge UPS if you had to replace fewer batteries every two or three Also, do not use extension cords that are too long or too cheap. In addition to any of these nice looking items, these units have some nice looking displays that give you a fair amount of information about how your power loads are doing and the rest of the time left in the This unit can be set up so that it keeps the display on all the time or just for a few seconds after you press a You don't have to worry about when your backup ends because the display uses less than a watt all the time, so having it on all the time will not interrupt it. However, you should not take the estimate of minutes left Your wattage consumption might fluctuate a great deal unless your equipment consumes a lot of constant energy, which makes it difficult to give you a more accurate forecast of time remaining. It is not recommended to daisy chain one UPS to another or to install devices that have their It's important to follow that advice. Do not plug this unit directly into the wall socket. It could cause damage to your devices or cause a fire. The US uses 3 prong sockets, so do not use an adapter to change the prongs into two or to one without the earth ground wire. The 3 prong socket is absolutely necessary for your safety and the safety of your Safety should not be compromised in these boxes since large amounts of current will be flowing through them. Moreover, you should not use power strips with all your devices you should directly connect them to the UPS. A surge suppressor and a line regulator in a power strip can adversely affect how this unit reacts to power outages. A high-amperage, heavy-duty extension cord without surge protection is the best extension cord to use if you will need one. My experience shows that many UPS backup units I've seen can be ruined or rendered ineffective by extension cords, power strips, or surge suppressors that aren't functioning properly. Taking care of 1500VA is important, because it is an extremely high amount of current and could result in a fire if improperly handled. Make sure that flammable objects, or things that can be melted, are kept away from UPS units, and make sure that they are not covered up or stored in cabinets that do not have heat escape points. The batteries need air flow to operate safely, and they can get very warm when they are charging or In addition, you should make sure the outlet it is attached to is wired for 15-amp capacity and capable of providing it. In the US, you need at least 20 amps, otherwise the equipment could blow your circuit breaker or the fuse that powers your home. If you use the higher voltage in another country, I am unsure as to what the amperage drains will be like. Bref, I'm a fan of these units from APC, even more so when combined with the expansion unit that is The service I received from them was excellent. Select the right model, but be cautious. Even though some letters or numbers in the model number generally do make the models quite different from one another, they are usually quite the same overall.
| Oct 08, 2020