APC Back-UPS ES 700 review

Give yourself some breathing room in a power cut with this offline UPS

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Our Verdict

A solid UPS that offers a decent amount of time to shut your PC down even at full load so you will not lose your work


  • 13A sockets
  • Decent amount of power on offer


  • A bit on the ugly side

The APC Back-UPS ES 700 is an offline UPS, and in this respect it suffers in comparison to the two line interactive models we have reviewed this month, but you do get a lot of kit for the price.

The Back-UPS ES 700VA looks like a chunky mains distribution board, so it's a unit that you'll want to hide away under your desk.

All eight outlets (four with battery backup, four with spike protection only) are 13A sockets, so, unlike products with IEC sockets, anything that plugs into a wall socket will work.

At the full 700VA load, you'll get just under four minutes of back-up time, which is somewhere in the mid-range. This more than doubles at half load, though, meaning that if you only attach a PC and monitor you'll probably get in excess of 10 minutes.

The data line protection is unusual in that it'll work with either a telephone line or with a network connection, but not both at once.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeStandby UPS
Product FamilyBack-UPS ES
Backup/Run Time (Half Load)15.10 Minute
Backup/Run Time (Full Load)3.90 Minute
Load Capacity (VA)700 VA
Load Capacity (Watt)405 W
Receptacles4 x BS 1363
Brand NameAPC
Form FactorTower
Maximum Battery Recharge Time16 Hour
Height86 mm
Width230 mm
Depth285 mm
Product SeriesES
ManufacturerAmerican Power Conversion Corp
Product ModelBE700-UK
Product NameBack-UPS ES 700VA Tower
Product LineBack-UPS
Input Voltage220 V AC
Manufacturer Part NumberBE700-UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.apc.com/gb
Marketing Information

The most popular desktop UPS in the world!
The Back-UPS ES offers affordable battery backup and surge protection for home computers. With enough power outlets to protect your entire system, built-in fax/modem line (DSL compatible) protection and easy-to-install safe system shutdown software all make this power protection solution the best value for home and home office computers.

Package Contents
  • Back-UPS ES 700VA Tower
  • User Manual
  • Wall-mounting template
Limited Warranty3 Year
Output Voltage230 V AC
Weight (Approximate)6.80 kg