APC BackUPS BE700G review

A cost-effective defence against blackouts and power spikes

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Our Verdict

An excellent device that could save your work, or even your Mac


  • Protects against power cuts
  • UPS and surge-protected pockets
  • Cost-effective


  • Not great looking

Protecting your Mac setup with a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) is always a good idea, especially if you live in an area that's prone to power cuts or outages. If your mains electricity supply cuts out, the UPS takes over and powers your equipment from its internal battery.

The BackUPS BE700G from APC gives you eight surge-protected power sockets, four of which are covered by the battery backup. That's enough UPS sockets for your Mac, monitor and essential peripherals like an external hard drive or router.

All eight sockets take standard three-pin plugs, which is much more convenient than the kettle leads favoured by some UPS systems. A neat powersaving feature defines one of the UPS-enabled sockets as the master outlet, and three non-UPS ports as controlled outlets.

When the device plugged into the master outlet is switched off, the controlled outlets power down. This feature is optional, and is switched off by default.

When drawing its full 700VA load, the BE700G gives you just under four minutes of battery time. In our tests, it powered two iMacs with one playing a digital video in QuickTime and the other web surfing for more than 20 minutes, which is commendable.

You can, of course, opt to have your Mac shut itself down in an orderly fashion before it drains the battery completely. Software is supplied, but you could use OS X's native UPS support.

The versatility offered here, coupled with its fair price, make the APC BackUPS BE700G ideal for the home user.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeStandby UPS
Product FamilyBack-UPS
Backup/Run Time (Half Load)13 Minute
Backup/Run Time (Full Load)4 Minute
Load Capacity (VA)700 VA
Load Capacity (Watt)405 W
Receptacles8 x BS 1363
Brand NameAPC
Form FactorTower
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, REACH
Maximum Battery Recharge Time16 Hour
Height89 mm
Width224 mm
Depth311 mm
ManufacturerAmerican Power Conversion Corp
Product NamePower-Saving Back-UPS 700VA, 230V, BS1363
Product LineBack-UPS
Input Voltage230 V AC
Manufacturer Part NumberBE700G-UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.apc.com/gb
Marketing Information

Peace of mind from the world's most trusted UPS.
The Back-UPS battery backup offers guaranteed power and surge protection for wireless networks, computers, gaming consoles and other electronics in your home or business. Models supply battery backup during outages and unsafe voltage fluctuations, as well as provide protection from damaging surges and spikes. They're available in 'tower' or 'floor' styles, and together with a variety of standard features, they are the perfect choice to protect your data and keep you connected.

Package Contents
  • Power-Saving Back-UPS 700VA, 230V, BS1363
  • CD with software
  • Telephone Cable
  • User Manual
Limited Warranty2 Year
Output Voltage230 V AC
Weight (Approximate)6.93 kg