Belkin - Office Series 750VA UPS (F6C750-AVR)
and Universal 800VA UPS (F6C800-UNV)
Belkin has a full line of Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS) ranging from their 375VA UPS ($43.99) to the 1500VA Dual Form Factor Small Enterprise model ($199.99). They even offer a 1400VA pure sine wave version ($599.99) for those who need an ideal power signal. We looked at a couple of their low-cost UPS models for this review. The Office Series 750VA UPS (model F6C750-AVR) is a compact design that offers power backup protection from brownouts and blackouts. The unit is designed to handle loads as high as 400 watts, which works great for most PCs (including monitor) as well as some home electronics. Four of the six outlets are fully protected from power outages using the internal battery backup, while the remaining two outlets are only protected from voltage surges. The design features Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) for line conditioning and protection against brownouts, during which the voltage sags momentarily. The back of the unit has three RJ11 Telephone/Fax Surge Protection jacks (1-In, 2-Out) to protect connected phone line equipment. A USB port is also available for connecting the unit to a computer for complete monitoring and controlling capabilities.
The front panel has a power button and three LEDs for status. The green Power LED indicates power is on and begins to flash if the AVR circuitry kicks in. The yellow On Battery LED illuminates when power is interrupted and the UPS is running from the batteries or if the battery power is running low. The red Fault/Overload LED comes on if there is a problem with the unit or if the battery is weak or bad. It will begin to flash if the load is too high. The red rear panel LED lights up if there is a wiring problem, such as reversed hot/neutral or a floating ground.
The scroll screen displays the voltage history just like a strip chart recorder from the old days. Users can see both the input voltage and output voltage together on a single screen. Once a power failure has been detected, the software launches a broadcast message that counts down from 5 minutes. This gives users enough time to save critical data. The F6C750-AVR also includes a $75,000 Connected Equipment Warranty, a Data Recovery Warranty, and a 3-Year Product Warranty (See manufacturer for details). The Office Series 750VA UPS (F6C750-AVR) retail for $109.99 making it very affordable.
The Universal UPS 800VA is another affordable UPS that has a slightly higher output rating than the Office Series 750VA mentioned above. The 800VA UPS is designed to handle loads as high as 450 Watts and is noticeably heavier than the 750VA UPS. Like the Office Series 750VA, four of the six outlets are fully protected from power outages and the remaining two outlets are only protected from voltage surges. The Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) circuitry is also included in this design to protects against brownouts. The rear panel has two RJ11/RJ45 Surge Protection jacks (1-In, 1-Out) that protect phone or computer LAN equipment. A USB port and RS232 port offer a bit more flexibility than the earlier UPS, yet the same Bulldog Plus software is used to monitor, control and configure the unit. The F6C800-UNV also includes a $150,000 Connected Equipment Warranty, a Data Recovery Warranty, and a 3-Year Product Warranty (See manufacturer for details). The Universal 800VA UPS (F6C800-UNV) retails for $119.99, only $10 more than the 400 watt model. The same set of LED indicators are present on this unit providing the user with information about the state of the UPS.
- Rita Nakano
PC - Sony
Vaio PCV-RZ22G, 2.4GHz Pentium 4
|Review at a glance|
Part # F6C750-AVR
Belkin Universal UPS 800VA
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