APC UPS Pro 1300 Review: Keep Running When the Power Goes Out

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An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is a device that safeguards a PC (or any device that draws up to 780 watts) in case it loses power. Think of a UPS as a battery; ready to kick on if something goes wrong, giving you enough time to save whatever you’re working on before it gives out. It provides “emergency power.”

This article about how a UPS can keep your data safe by giving you the necessary time to shut down in the event of a catastrophic power loss is part of our 2012 Special Storage Report. Be sure to check out the other stories here!

While the runtime of most UPS devices are usually short (around 10 minutes), this APC UPS claims that it can provide up to 85 minutes of runtime (depending on the power draw of the device). There is no price tag for peace of mind, so keep reading to find out if this UPS is the right choice for you or your company.

APC UPS Pro 1300 Specifications:

  • Output Power Capacity: 780 watts/1300 VA
  • Nominal Output Voltage: 120V
  • Output Frequency: 50/60 Hz +/- 3 Hz user adjustable +/- 0.1
  • Outputs: NEMA 5-15R (battery backup), NEMA 5-15R (surge protection)
  • Nominal Input Voltage: 120V
  • Input Frequency: 50/60 Hz +/- 3 Hz 
  • Battery recharge time: 8 hours
  • LCD: Multi-function/multi-line LCD status and control
  • Alarms: when on battery, low battery, overload
  • Surge energy rating: 354 joules
  • Networking: 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet (RJ-45)
  • Dimensions: 11.85 (H) x 4.40 (W) x 14.96 (D)
  • Weight: 23.1 lbs
  • Warranty: 3-year standard warranty (repair or replace)
  • Price: $200-$300

Port Selection

A full list of ports is shown below.


Front: multi-function/multi-line LCD panel with mute, power on/off, and display function key
Back: Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 in/out), USB and serial data port, master outlet, controlled by master outlet, 3 x battery backup outlet, building wiring fault indicator, 5 x surge outlets, circuit breaker reset button

Features

The APC UPS Pro 1300 has a long list of features, but here are some of the best highlights:

  • Green mode: ability to bypass unused energy; shuts power off to idle equipment
  • Notification sounds to indicate change in energy, low battery power, faulty battery, etc. 
  • Cold-start capable: if utility power goes out, temporary battery power is available
  • Battery-saving: surge-only outlets
  • Automatic testing: battery self-tests, automatically senses need for a new battery
  • User-replaceable batteries and easy removal
  • USB and serial connectivity available on some models
  • Battery management: battery charges ensure maximum battery performance, reliability and life
  • LED signals on panel to show things such as faulty wiring

Also included in every purchase is the PowerChute software. It automatically saves files before the PC shuts down.

Test Results

To test the UPS, we hooked equipment of varying power levels up and got wattage readings from each of them separately, and then got readings of all of them together. We hooked up an Asus All-in-One to the main power outlet, and then a monitor to the surge-only outlet and a Dell laptop to the battery backup outlet. (Note: to use the UPS, you must pull the battery out first, remove the packaging tabs, and then flip the battery). Use our comparison chart below to find out if you think the APC UPS Pro 1300, along with its features and port selection, is worth the purchase.

Total energy draw (W) Time to deplete UPS with fully charged battery
Only all-in-one 94 64 minutes
Only notebook 31 85 minutes max
AIO, notebook and monitor 141

48 minutes

As you can see, even without the software, most everyone should have enough time to save their work. Even with more than three major components hooked up, we are certain it would hold enough charge and be more than enough time to hit the “save” button on everything.

Conclusion

The APC UPS Pro 1300 is a great emergency power supply, and can be a life saver if you’re ever found in a sticky situation (and let’s face it, it’s bound to happen sooner or later). That unfortunate power surge, energy shift, or random storm that knocks all the power out will eventually happen – but that doesn’t mean you should lose all of your work or damage any of your equipment. With the APC UPS Pro 1300, you won’t have to lose your work or worry about a drastic power surge destroying your $1500 PC. We tested it and found that even with a 100 watt (approx.; energy is variable based on differing conditions) all-in-one PC, it will stay on for about 64 minutes with a fully-charged UPS. Not only that, but we found that even if you hooked up several components to it, it’ll most likely last for at least 5 minutes…and APC’s PowerChute software can automatically save your work for you before it shuts down. We highly recommend you consider this UPS, if not for the long list of features or energy-saving qualities, but for your peace of mind.


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