If you are using your APC UPS to protect a Windows computer or Windows Server server, you will be able to use PowerChute Personal Edition software.
Thanks to this software, you will be able to manage your UPS (via the data cable), as well as configure the automatic shutdown of your computer or server so that it turns off properly in the event that a power outage lasts too long.
To begin, plug your APC UPS into your computer if you haven't already.
If your computer is on Windows, the appropriate driver will be installed automatically from the Internet.
In our case, on Windows 10, this notification appears :
Device is ready. "Back-UPS RS 1500G FW:878.L5 .I USB FW:L5" is set up and ready to go.
To see the hardware recognized by Windows once the driver is automatically installed from Microsoft's server, open the file explorer and right-click "Manage" on "This PC" (or "Computer").
Go to "Device Manager" and you will see 2 new devices appear :
If you view the properties of the HID UPS Battery, you will see that the battery is on the American Power Conversion USB UPS.
At the moment, it's possible that Windows considers that your computer is on battery (as is the case with portable PCs).
To download software compatible with your APC UPS (including PowerChute Personal Edition), find your UPS page on the APC website and click on the "Software Downloads" tab.
In the "Software Downloads" section that appears, click the "Download" button for the proposed "PowerChute Personal Edition" program.
A "PCPE_3.1.0.exe" file will be proposed.
Launch the downloaded file and the PowerChute Personal Edition 3.1.0 Setup Wizard will appear.
Accept the terms of the license agreement.
Leave the installation folder specified by default.
Wait while PowerChute Personal Edition installs.
At the end of the installation, a small window "PowerChute Personal Edition - Data Collection" will appear.
Check the box "Enable software update notifications" to keep this software updated on your computer.
For the "Send power quality information" box, uncheck it to avoid sending information about your product and consumption to American Power Conversion (APC).
Leave the box "Register your product online" checked (if necessary).
Once PowerChute Personal Edition is installed, an "Energy Cost Setup" notification will appear letting you know you can set your energy costs.
This simply allows you to know how much the electricity consumption of what you have connected to your UPS costs you.
It's therefore optional.
If hibernation is not enabled on your computer, a "Hybernation Support Warning" window will appear.
To solve the problem, make sure you have installed all the drivers for your computer (mainly those for the motherboard) and that they are up to date.
Next, make sure Windows is configured to allow hibernation.
To open PowerChute Personal Edition, double-click the orange icon located in the taskbar (next to the clock).
By default, a "Recommended tasks" section will appear with different options :
Note : you can return to this list of recommended tasks by clicking on the icon representing a small house which will appear at the top right.
In the "Monitor System -> Performance" section, you will be able to see the last event that occurred on your UPS, as well as the list of power problems that occurred, their number and their durations :
You will be able to view the history of your power issues for :
Note that very short power problems are not counted here.
In the "Monitor System -> Current Status" section, you will be able to see the current status of your UPS :
You will also be able to see how much use (load) the UPS has in relation to the maximum load it's supporting.
In the example below, you can see that our hardware plugged into our UPS is consuming 276 watts (of power) out of the maximum 865 watts our UPS can supply.
At the bottom of the window, you can clearly see :
In the "Monitor System -> Run Self-Test" section, you can easily and quickly test your UPS by clicking the "Run Self-Test" button.
However, as indicated here, this automatic test is carried out each time your UPS is powered up (turned on), as well as every 2 weeks.
Thus, if the UPS remains permanently on, which is generally the case since they are mainly used to protect servers, your UPS will continue to test itself periodically (every 2 weeks) to warn you when a fault occurs will have been detected.
Note that APC recommends that you replace your UPS battery at least once every 3 years.
If you change your UPS battery one day, don't forget to click the "Replace Battery Date" button so that the UPS remembers the date you changed its battery.
In the "Monitor System -> Energy Usage" section, you will be able to see information about your energy usage :
If you click on the "Change Energy Cost" button, you will be able to change your energy cost in € per kWh.
In the "Configuration -> Options" section, you can choose to :
In the "Configuration -> Runtime" section, you can choose whether you prefer :
If the "Enable Hibernation" link is displayed, this feature is not enabled on your computer.
To enable it, click on this link. Otherwise, make sure you have installed all the drivers for your computer and find the method to enable hibernation on your version of Windows.
In the event of a power outage (and depending on the type of UPS, also in the event of overvoltages or undervoltages), your UPS will use its battery to power your IT equipment.
When the desired condition is met, your UPS will signal your computer or server (via PowerChute Personal Edition) to hibernate (if hibernation is enabled on your computer) or shut down (if hibernation is not enabled).
If you click on the "Allow Hibernation" link, a small "Hibernation Disabled" window will appear.
Click on the "Allow" button.
However, this may not work.
In this case, you will have to fix this problem manually in Windows settings.
In the "Configuration -> Notification" section, you can choose to :
In the "Configuration -> Sensitivity" section, you can adjust the sensitivity of your UPS.
That is, under what conditions will your UPS need to use its battery instead of utility power.
By default, the sensitivity is set to Medium to protect your computer hardware by avoiding excessive battery usage.
In the "Configuration -> Voltage" section, you will be able to choose the voltage range (in volts) that you accept for your computer hardware.
Outside of this range, your UPS will switch to battery to protect your IT equipment.
However, the longer your UPS is on battery, the faster the batteries will wear out.
In the "Configuration -> Energy Management" section, you can enable or not the energy management.
To enable this feature, check the "Enable Energy Management" box.
Once energy saving is enabled, you will be able to choose the predefined energy saving plan you want :
Power off and power on delay explanations :
The "Set Power Consumption Threshold" section allows you to specify to your UPS below what power consumption, it must cut off the power supply to the outlets controlled by the master socket.
Which allows the UPS to cut power to your screen, speakers, ... when your computer tower is off to save energy and save you money.
If necessary, you can manually power up the devices plugged into the outlets controlled by your UPS by clicking on the "Turn Power On" button.
If you click on the "Help and Support -> Help" section or on the question mark on a blue background located at the top right, an "HTML Help" window will appear with information about the section you are in.
In the "Help and Support -> Technical Data" section, you will find :
If there is a problem with your UPS, this information may be helpful to APC technical support in trying to resolve your problem.
If you navigate to the "Help and Support -> Contact APC" section, your default web browser will open and the APC Support page will appear.
Finally, in the "Help and Support -> About" section, you will find information about this PowerChute Personal Edition program.
You will also find several links to different sections of the APC site :
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