I am looking to add a UPS so that my ST hub and Internet Router are always on even in the event of a power failure. I came across the APC Back-UPS BE400. Has anyone got this and if so any feedback on it? does it get hot? does it need to be in a ventilated area etc?
I have APC 1500 works great doesn’t get to hot and its not in the best ventilated area (very little ventilation). I have used APC’s for years they have been reliable.
I have a Back-UPS 600VA that I put the ST hub, router and an Amazon Echo on. I also have a Back-UPS 650VA handling the FiOS box in the garage. I’ve had them in place for just over a year now, and they both worked flawlessly during the two brief power outages that occurred in that time.
Also use a couple of APC UPS’s as well as a CyberPower UPS.
Pro’s of the APC BE400:
- Has 8 ports, 4 surge protected and 4 with battery backup
- 30-40 min runtime (depending on model)
- Generally stocked at most online retailers
Con’s of the APC (against the alternatives):
- Form factor (A bit bulky, especially if being put in a cabinet)
- No visual display
- I’ve had one fail in the past within 3 years where the battery had discharged and then wouldn’t charge or power any devices (just had a constant beep)
I use my UPS to power my PoE switch which then powers various peripherals like a Philips Hue hub, WiFi AP’s, Fingbox, RPi, HD HomeRun’s etc.
That depends on the model. The Pro 1500 in my office has an LCD display.
You’re right - I was commenting on the APC Back-UPS BE 400 the OP specified.