Objects of Desire: APC Back-UPS BR1500G

Aug 2, 2010
By Dan Havlik

Objects APC UPS

We're pretty sure you've never seen a power strip/surge protection device quite like APC's Back-UPS BR1500G. In fact, this device is so sophisticated, calling it a surge protector almost sounds demeaning.

Since serious power surges, spikes and outages at your photo studio can endanger your digital images and video content, an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) like APC's BR1500G is a much safer way to go than a traditional power strip.

All ten of the system's outlets offer surge protection, while five of them also feature a built-in battery back-up system in case a blackout strikes before you've had a chance to save your images. In total, the UPS Battery Backup gives you 164 minutes of runtime in the event of a prolonged shutdown.

The system also has a neat energy-saving feature that automatically shuts off power to unused peripherals. If you've got a studio like many we know, that could lead to big savings on all the idle printers, monitors, and speakers lying around.

The BR1500G comes equipped with automatic voltage regulation that quickly adjusts low or high voltage to safe levels so you can work worry-free during brown-out or over-voltage conditions. This will also help you save the battery backup for actual outages. To monitor all these features, BR1500G has a built-in LCD panel that lets you scroll through and check all the pertinent info. No, this definitely isn't your father's power strip.

Cost: $204

Further information: www.apc.com

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