Recently, we bought an inverter also called UPS (Uninterruptible power supply) to protect our server against unexpected power outages and overvoltages (in the event of a storm, for example).
Among the various existing UPSs, we chose the "APC Back-UPS Pro 1500, 230 V, CEE 7/5 (BR1500G-FR)" which corresponds to our needs.
On the official website of the APC brand (which belongs to Schneider Electric), you can find all the necessary information concerning your UPS, including its user manual, the official software compatible with it, as well as information concerning the replacement of its batteries (if necessary).
In our case, the BR1500G-FR model can supply up to 865 Watts / 1500 VA (1.5kVA).
Assuming that we are currently using this power, the autonomy of its batteries would be around 4 minutes.
In reality, it's important to choose an UPS providing at least 20% to 25% more power than the maximum you consume in your case.
As we explained to you in our article : What is an UPS and how to choose it ?
In our case, we know that the consumption of our computer equipment consumes a maximum of 380W (thanks to a connected socket used for several days).
Thus, we can know the estimated autonomy for this UPS thanks to the APC site.
As you can see, using 380W with this UPS, we will have approximately 15 minutes of battery life (in the event of a power outage).
This allows us to continue working if the outage is short or to have time to shut down our server (and its virtual machines, if any) properly before the batteries are completely empty.
On the top of the box of this UPS, you will find the most important information :
As you can see, this energy-efficient UPS will prevent you from damaging your hardware and data.
Whether it's a computer and its peripherals, a server, a router, a modem, ...
Note that energy saving is based on the correct use of the master outlet and outlets controlled by the master outlet.
In summary, you can configure the UPS to turn off power to controlled outlets when equipment plugged into the master outlet is turned off.
This allows, for example, to cut off the power to your screen and your speakers when you turn off your computer.
On the box, you will find a label with :
On the side, you will be able to see that all parts of your UPS (including its battery) are guaranteed for 2 years, or even 3 years, if you are in the European Union.
You will also be able to see that you are protected for life up to €150,000 for any properly connected equipment on your UPS that has been damaged by an electrical problem.
You also benefit from customer support that can be reached by phone or via their website (www.apc.com/support).
You will also find the technical characteristics of this UPS :
To manage automatic shutdown of your UPS, you can use PowerChute Personal Edition or PowerChute Network Shutdown software from APC.
PowerChute Personal Edition v3.1 is compatible with Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64), as well as Windows 11 (x64 only)
PowerChute Network Shutdown is compatible with different operating systems depending on the version of PowerChute Network Shutdown used :
Warning : PowerChute Network Shutdown is not compatible with this UPS.
This is what the front of the box looks like.
On the back of the box, you will find a diagram of the back of the UPS with :
You will also find information about :
By opening the box, you will find that the inverter is held by 2 blocks of frigolite (1 above and 1 below).
As you can see, your UPS is well protected against potential shocks and impacts since it's much smaller than the box size.
When you buy a new APC UPS, you will see that a "Quality assurance test" paper is stuck on it.
This proves that your UPS has been fully tested before delivery.
Above the UPS, you will see an air vent.
On the side of the UPS, you will find the APC logo, as well as an additional ventilation grille (present on both sides).
On the front of the UPS, you will see a transparent sticker telling you to refer to your UPS manual to properly use the outlets on the back to optimize energy saving (if you enable this feature on your UPS).
As explained previously during the presentation of the back of the box, you will find different connectors and several sockets.
To find out more, refer to the information we have given you previously.
As you can see, a yellow sticker is stuck on the rear sockets.
This yellow sticker warns you that your UPS batteries are not connected by default.
This is done for safety and also to prevent the batteries from draining on their own in the event that an UPS remains in stock for too long at the manufacturer or a retailer.
However, you will see how to connect them correctly later in this article.
Below the inverter, you will see the cover (on the left) behind which are the batteries, as well as technical information about your UPS.
For example : voltage (in Volts), current (in Amps), and input frequency. Ditto for sockets protected only against surges.
On the small white label, you will find the model (BR1500G-FR in our case) and the serial number of your APC UPS.
In the box of your UPS, you will also find a bag with :
To start, you will find an RJ11 cable to be able to protect the telephone link thanks to the RJ11 connectors available at the top right of the back of your APC UPS.
Then, you will also find a data cable to connect your UPS to the USB port of your server.
This will allow you to manage your UPS from your server, but also to shut down your server correctly via the PowerChute Personal Edition software if you wish when the autonomy drops to the desired value.
As you can see, the connector that will need to be plugged into your UPS's serial/USB port looks like an RJ45 connector with some wires missing.
As you can see, APC provides a CD with the correct software for your UPS.
However, in our case, this CD contains version 3.0.2 of the PowerChute Personal Edition software. However, the latest version of PowerChute Personal Edition currently available on the official APC website is version 3.1.
Among the documents present in the bag, you will find a "Product Registration" paper that you can return free of charge using the special envelope provided in the bag.
You will also find the user manual for your UPS in French and English in paper format.
However, you can also find it in PDF format from the sheet of your UPS on the official APC website.
In the case of this UPS, you can find it on this link : Back-UPS Pro BR1200G-FR/BR1500G-FR.
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