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1. APC Back-UPS ES 500 Backup Battery
$20.27 $19.99 list($64.99)
2. Belkin SurgeMaster 9-Socket Maximum
$34.19 list($60.00)
3. Linksys L03040 Power 2GO Inverter
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4. Monster Cable MP HTS 1000 PowerCenter
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5. Monster Cable MP HTS800 Home Theater
$189.94 $142.00 list($229.95)
6. Monster Cable Home Theater PowerCenter
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7. Network Management Smartslot Card
$189.99 $127.86 list($199.95)
8. Monster Cable MPB 1100 Home Theatre
$166.99 list($299.99)
9. Monster Cable MP HTS2500 Ref.
$31.34 $21.88 list($19.99)
10. APC Performance SurgeArrest 11-Outlet
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11. Monster Cable MP HTS 2600 Home
$199.99
12. LEVITON WHOLE-HOUSE SURGE PROTECTOR
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13. MAX 5100 SURGE PROTECTION 10 AC
$124.44 $106.16 list($129.99)
14. SmartPro 550 USB UPS System
$398.76 list($599.99)
15. Monster Cable Home Theater Reference
$1,299.00 list($1,299.99)
16. Monster Cable Home Theatre Reference
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17. Monster Cable MP AV 800 PowerCenter
$47.46 list($79.99)
18. Monster Cable MP HT800 Home Theater
$134.89 $85.99 list($199.99)
19. APC BP500UC Back-UPS Pro 500
$134.89 $110.93 list($179.99)
20. APC BP500CLR 500VA Clear Back-ups

1. APC Back-UPS ES 500 Backup Battery and Surge Protector
by APC
list price: $79.99
our price: $54.14
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Asin: B00006HYUB
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: APC
Sales Rank: 839
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Instantaneous battery backup ensures against workstation brownouts and blackouts. 100% high-voltage surge protection keeps hardware and data safe. Hot-swappable, user replaceable batteries. Audible alarms. Automatic shutdown software. Manufacturer's two-y ... Read more

Features

  • USB connectivity
  • Surge and lightning protected outlets
  • Audible alarms/building wiring fault indicator
  • Status indicator LED's
  • Hot swap batteries

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!A great battery backup from APC!!!
I have had this UPS for about a year and a half now and LOVE it!!!I just upgraded to the BACK-UPS 1000 (review to follow in about a month or two) and am now using this to backup my DVR, DVD recorder, and television.I could not be happier with this product!APC has some great stuff and I have had several different brands of UPS's.This one, the BACK-UPS 500, is probably their most popular.It's powerful, affordable, and VERY reliable!!!Give it a try -- You WILL NOT be dissappointed.

2-0 out of 5 stars Horrible Customer Support
The UPS unit itself works just fine. It kicks in properly when power fails, allowing me to save my work and safely shut down my computer. It even automatitcally shuts down the computer when I'm not available to do so myself.

Having said that, APC's customer support is downright horrible. I contacted them concerning an issue with a recent software upgrade, explaining the situation in some detail (two paragraphs) and asking for a possible resolution. I received a poorly written, canned, response in return which did not relate at all to anything I had said. This happened again following two more follow-up messages. Either they were not reading, or could not understand, what I was writing.

Angry at this point, I sent another message, including all the previous messages and replies, bluntly asking for this message to be delivered to someone who spoke English and could actually read what was sent. To my surprise, I received a response saying it was being sent to the software developers who would respond in detail. However, a few days later, I received a message stating that, since I had not contacted the company in some time, my problem had apparently been resolved. Of course, it had not been resolved - I was still waiting for the promised response.

I gave up at this point. I never did receive a response from the software people, nor has the issue been resolved to this day. This company has apparently outsourced their customer support to a third-world country, using employees whose command of the English language is questionable at best. This was insufficient to handle even a relatively minor issue like mine. Further, I'm not exactly thrilled about the loss of American jobs as a result of overseas outsourcing (obviously "American" is only good enough to use in a company name). Therefore, since I'm buying a new computer this week, I'll look for another company who takes customer support, and American workers, more seriously. I urge others to consider the same option.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this item for the warrantee...
I don't own this specific APC product, but I do own other APC products.

My home was hit by lightning on July 2, 2004 during a severe lightning storm. Both of my garage door openers were destroyed during the strike and they were on separate NET3 power line surge protectors made by APC.

NET3 surge protectors offer the best ($50,000) damaged equipment warranty that APC offers. APC refuses to pay for replacement garage door openers since in their determination, the surge protectors are functioning properly (I had to send the surge protectors at my expense for analysis at their labs).

I will never contend that a surge protector can protect any device from a direct lightning strike, but the APC warranty contends that they will replace your equipment in the event this unfortunate event occurs.

I now do not recommend APC equipment, since their warranty is worthless.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product--Exceeded My Expectations
This power supply will run my equipment for 21 minutes, more than long enough for me to switch to a back up generator.If I ignore the power outage, it automatically backs up files.In addition, it will kick in for low and high voltage conditions, and bridges those annonying one and two second outages that cause reboots.All in all, it is a real convenience.

And the alarm CAN be controlled.It can be shut off entirely.It can also be set to remain silent when the PC is off or hibernating. It can also be set to remain silent between a given hour and another given hour.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great product with one key flaw
Mostly, this is great.You get a reasonably powerful backup system, software control, and even a nice power strip.With its 500VA rating, you'll have plenty of power to ride out a short outage, and plenty of time to safely shut down in a longer outage.It's easy to set up and works great.

OK, here is the key flaw.This unit is advertised as being a great item for home or home-office computers.Problem:Its alarm starts to beep - quite loudly - ANY time the power goes out.I find this really inappropriate for a piece of electronics.My power is reasonably reliable, but like most people, we have occasional outages.In fact, my local utility likes to service the lines in the middle of the night.

Do I really need a loud beeper to wake up the family every time we have a 10 minute outage at 3am?

APC really needs to add a control to deactivate or otherwise control the alarm. ... Read more


2. Belkin SurgeMaster 9-Socket Maximum Series Surge Protector with Telephone and Coaxial Inputs
by Belkin Components
list price: $64.99
our price: $20.27
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Asin: B000068CNU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Belkin Components
Sales Rank: 942
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Maximum Series offers surge protection for your advanced computers, peripherals, Home Theater, DSS systems, Audio/Video, phone/fax, DSL/cable ... Read more

Features

  • Lifetime $250,000 connected equipment warranty ensures peace of mind
  • 9-outlet surge protector with additional telephone and coaxial cable inputs
  • Protects computers, peripherals, home theater components, cable modems, and DSL lines
  • 2,655-joule energy rating for max protection; EM and RF filter reduces noise up to 70 dB
  • Sliding safety covers on all outlets; includes room for AC block-style plugs

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Product at the Right Price
The Belkin SurgeMaster is great for the price.The price much better than what you will find at the store.

KEY ITEMS I discovered in searching for a new surge protector:

*** Faster response time is more critical than number of joules.

*** All you want is for your unit to be disconnected from the harmful surge.

Therefore don't waste your money in over-extending your coverage of Joules.The Belkin SurgeMaster will provide adequate coverage with similar technology.

Now...as an alternative...I have owned the Power Sentry's Power Blocker II (asin b0006hvigc) for a year and it has a faster response time.I am using that for my entertainment center which has more sensitive and large dollar equipment which I need to protect (don't waste your money on Monster products).

What follows is info I received from Power Sentry...which is owned by Fiskars:

The amount of transient (lightning) joules the Power Blocker II can absorb is about 900 joules. This number does not take into account the amount of joules that the Power Blocker II (PB2) switch is eliminating. The response time of the MOV components (the 900 joules part) is < 1 nanosecond. The response time of the PB2 switch is about 2 milliseconds. The way the Power Blocker II works is that the MOVs will clamp first and if the surge is of long duration, > 2 milliseconds, the PB2 switch will open and disconnect all possible electrical output paths. The way other surge protectors work is that the MOVs will clamp, and if the surge is of long duration, the MOVs will heat up and burnout a thermal sensitive fuse placed beside the MOVs. The heating and burnout time of the fuse is > 2 seconds, typically about 10-30 seconds.

Other surge protectors attempt to absorb all of the surge energy entering the protector even though it may be excessive and cause MOV degradation. The Power Blocker II detects when surge energy reaches a damaging level and disconnects all MOVs and equipment connections, thus interrupting the surge. Therefore its MOVs are much less likely to suffer degradation or "wear out". Because of this rapid disconnecting feature, which blocks any further surge energy, in effect the joules of energy attempting to enter the unit and equipment are unlimited because everything has been disconnected.

The MOVs are not degraded when the unit trips as described. Therefore the Power Blocker II should operate much longer than conventional surge protectors and will survive power company mistakes and wiring faults when others surge protectors will nearly always be destroyed. So far we have not received any Power Blocker II returns with a MOV failure.


5-0 out of 5 stars Great choice for most Home Theater applications.
And the best price on the market.

I had almost given up on my TV after replacing/upgrading all my cables I still had a lot of interference and less than ideal picture. The only thing remaining to replace was a Proxima surge suppresor. I was amazed after I hooked up this Belkin Maximum unit.

Not only did it completely fix the problem with the DSS/DVD/VCR signal, it also eliminated the contstant "hum" from my amplifier, and the audio is much sharper and cleaner. With EMI/RFI noise suppression up to 70db, I/O for coax cable/Satellite and phone line with 9 plugs, 3 spaced to accomodate brick type AC adapters, this SurgeMaster unit is an essential piece of gear for Home Theater setups with up to 36" TVs. Belkin even provides 6' phone and heavy duty coax patch cables to complete the job.

Forget Monster, there is no way their surge protectors outperform Belkin's product line at double and triple the price. Buy this unit before you even consider upgrading your equipment/cables. I wish I had, but I now have a nice collection of cables laying on my living room floor to remind me that sometimes the best solution is the simplest. BTW, I paid $40 for this unit at a local retailer. $20 is a steal.

5-0 out of 5 stars This could have saved me a lot of time.
Lightening struck a pole near my house last week.My wireless router, NIC card, and cable modem were fried.Had I bought this before hand, I would have saved $80 and a week of frustration.I chose this surge protector because of the coax protection.What is the use of putting your equipment on a surge protector if the zap can come right though the cable line.I also bought a couple with out the coax protection for the other equipment in the house (telephone, Fax, radio, etc...) and I plan on getting another to protect my TV. ... Read more


3. Linksys L03040 Power 2GO Inverter - Car Cigarette Lighter Power Supply
by Linksys
list price: $60.00
our price: $34.19
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Asin: B00004XRDM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 1172
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Power 2 Go
Cigarette Lighter to 110V Wall plug converter

Features:

  • *Perfect to use on the road or any standard electronic devices such as Laptops, radio, even hair dryers and irons
  • *Useful for any emergency use in an out-door setting
  • -- Input voltage= 12 to 15V DC
  • -- Output voltage= 115V AC +/- 5%
  • -- Power= 400W peak, 200W for 2 min., 140W continuous
  • -- Ide current= <0.2A
  • -- Frequency= 60Hz +/- 2% with modified square wave
  • -- Protection= short circut, over power, low voltage and automatic shutdown
Requirements:

Cigarette Lighter in any vehicle ... Read more

Features

  • Easily replaceable 20A/250V internal fuse
  • DC-to-AC inverter provides 115 volts at 140 watts
  • Plugs easily into any vehicle's cigarette lighter
  • Automatically protects against vehicle battery drain
  • Compact, hardened aluminum design

Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars Never worked
About a year ago I got one of these to allow me to play DVDs for my kids on my laptop while travelling.It has an alarm that sounds when your battery is getting too low -- well it sounded immediately .I figured that my car battery was not fully charged or on its last legs.I hadn't tried to use it since.Now that I'm taking another trip, I thought I'd try it out in other cars.No luck.The thing is dead -- doesn't do a thing when I plug it in.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works great
I use this with a Dell Inspiron 8600.It works fine even when the laptop is being used and charging at the same time.I haven't observed the heating problems others have -- it gets only moderately warm.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works Just Fine
Bought one several years ago for camping trips.Use it in a Dodge Caravan with a laptop and with gameboys.It takes a beating by 2 boys in the family car.Has always been reliable and worked just fine.

2-0 out of 5 stars Did not perform as advertised
This unit failed to provide reliable power to my new Toshiba Satellite A60 laptop. It cycled on and off every 3 seconds. It powered a 100 watt lamp okay, but wouldn't start a 250 watt heat lamp at all. Product spec sheet says it can supply 400 watt surge and 200 watts for 2 min., and is rated at 140 watts continuous. My laptop power supply is rated at 2A input at 100-240 VAC, and if it drew 2A constantly I agree that it would need 200 to 230 watts, which exceeds the continuous rating of this inverter. However, even at that power demand the inverter should run it for 1-2 min., but only manages 3 sec.In addition, I doubt that the laptop power supply actually draws a full 2.0 amps continuously. I talked to Linksys support, and they suggested returning the unit for replacement or refund, so I did. It did not work for me. Maybe it would work for a laptop that only needs 100 watts, but I wouldn't recommend it for more than that.

5-0 out of 5 stars light and quite sturdy
Like others, I have used this product in a car to power a laptop and such small equipment.It works great.My only wish is that it would have an attachment for airplanes, which it does not. ... Read more


4. Monster Cable MP HTS 1000 PowerCenter with Clean Power Stage 2 (v.2.0)
by Monster Cable
list price: $149.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000E2PMB
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Monster Cable
Sales Rank: 3399
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Guard against power surges and maximize your Satellite/TiVo and Cable TV/HDTV's performance with this Monster Power Home Theater Reference PowerCenter. It's engineered to remove polluted AC power to give you better sound and picture, and provides 2775-joule protection from surges and spikes. It also has digital voltage and current meters; isolated audio/video filters; one pair of ultra-low loss protected phone jacks for Satellite/TiVo, and 3 pairs coax jacks for Cable TV/HDTV; and more. Features 12 easy-to-use color-coded outlets with power cord labels for easy hook-up, Monster cables, 24K gold contacts, and illuminated on/off switch. For RJ11/45 Satellite/TiVo phone and network protection. Imported. ... Read more

Features

  • $250,000 Connected Equipment Warranty.
  • Extra-long 8ft PowerLine 200 AC power cord.
  • Monster Clean PowerTM Stage 2 v.2.0 circuitry filter dramatically reduces electronic noise.
  • 2775 joule rating provides a high level of surge absorption.
  • Tri-Mode power protection circuitry with audible alarm and auto disconnect.

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Delivers as Promised
I just got a Panasonic Plasma ED TV and was concerned to get a good surge protector that might also enhance the picture quality. Before getting the Monster HTS 1000 I noticed some annoying picture glitches occasionally cropping up (I get a directv standard digital signal): a kind of vague line that, especially when background colors were pretty homogenous, you could follow moving up the screen; the kind of thing you could easily overlook but once you notice it, you can't help seeing it and it drives you crazy. Since running everything going into the tv through the Monster 1000, it's completely disappeared. So, this thing really does seem to deliver on what it promises: a cleaner picture.

4-0 out of 5 stars It really does work!
First, I can't comment on the HDTV and Satellite issues mentioned by other reviewers so I would check that out before buying.But with that being said this was a great purchase for me.And I highly recommend it.

I have been looking at fuzzy text and faint, slow moving horizontal ghosts on my Sony Trinitron TV for a while now.My Xbox connection is composite, my DVD is S-Video, my Cox cable is...well cable.For the most part I figured the poor visuals were due to the TV being low quality and the connection method.But now I know better!Let me give a brief example...

A few months ago I borrowed the S-video connector for the Xbox so I could see what the quality would look like.Of course the S-video on the Xbox rendered an image that was at least 50% better quality than the composite.That is what I would expect.I gave it back and resolved to get one later.

Last week I got the HTS-1000 and hooked up all my equipment.When I fired up the Xbox (hooked up via composite) the picture quality was about the same as it was when I hooked up the S-video.Even my wife, who thinks I am what too critical about such things, noticed the difference.She told me that she didn't expect to see a difference.She doesn't notice subtle quality in audio and video, but was surprised that she saw such a marked difference.

The cable TV is clearer, the DVD has more vivid colors...some of the improvement is hard to describe other than just saying the picture is soooo much better.

I will say this though, my home is small.The kitchen, with its high power drawing appliances, is close to the living room.All these appliances contribute to the dirty power.You could see less improvement if your home is laid out differently or have newer appliances.

I didn't give it 5 stars because it is bulky.It has plenty of room for power bricks, but it has a high profile.The strip that Monster sells that has a slim profile doesn't have room for bricks.Also, the schema for what devices are switched and what aren't doesn't make sense to me, but it is nice to have 4 outlets that are constant power.

Summary:If you have lines, ghosts, poor color, whatever...try this out it could make a world of difference.

2-0 out of 5 stars Unit did not work with my Direct TV
This unit did not work at all with my Direct TV receiver. I have a new Direct TV HD-Tivo DVR-250. It's an all in one unit. After hooking it up correctly, I could not receive any satellite signal. Removed this surge protector and everything went back to normal. I don't think it supports everything. Better check before you buy.

3-0 out of 5 stars Does not support HDTV!!!!
I bought this unit to protect my new 51" HDTV and as soon as I plugged the coax video RG-6 cable into the unit to protect my link from the cable provider to the set-top box I lost 1/2 of my HD channels.I called Monster tech support and was told that the unit did not pass all the high frequency signals needed for HDTV.He did say they they would ship me out a Monster HT200 which would pass the HD signals. But it never arrived.After waiting two weeks I email their tech support and got a call where Eric V said he would mail me out a HT200.In all I would stay away from this product if you are trying to protect your HDTV until they modify the product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Service and Quick Delivery
This was a great purchase with no hassles or problems. Very quick delivery using ground shipping. I will use them again in the future. ... Read more


5. Monster Cable MP HTS800 Home Theater PowerCenter HTS800
by Monster Cable
list price: $99.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00003CWDQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Monster Cable
Sales Rank: 5447
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

This Monster Power Cable 8-Outlet Computer Power Center protects your components with multiple layers of defense against harmful power surges. Hookup is easy with the 8 color-coded outlets and cord. Features a 1000 joule rating for high level protection of surge absorption, an 8-ft. Monster AC power cable with FlatProfile right-angle plug, a slim design for easy placement in tight areas, and audible and visual indicators for damage, protection and ground status monitoring. ... Read more

Features

  • Eight outlets total, including three spaced for use with AC adapter transformers.
  • Audible and visual indicators for damage, protection, and ground status monitoring.
  • Monster Clean Power Stage 1 v2.0 filter to provide noise-free power to your sensitive electronic components.
  • 8 ft. Monster AC power cable with FlatProfile right angle plug provides flexibility for installations.
  • Color-coded, labeled outlets and matching cord labels for easy hookup.

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars Budget audiophile tweak
I'm an audio guy first, so I can tell you first hand, yes, this has improved the imaging and dynamics of my system.For video applications, colors are more vivid, pictures sharper, and even cable TV looks better.

This is [money] well spent.Give it a week to break in, and you'll really start to notice how much you're enjoying music and watching movies, with this hooked into yer system.

5-0 out of 5 stars Do I actually notice a difference? No. But...
...at least somebody is catering to this market. There are so many products out there (cables, power, etc.) that are so obviously designed to make money by giving you the cheapest possible components.I purchase my Monster products with delight because at least they APPEAR to care about quality. I have never actually compared this power strip to another by watching the same video feed and cannot say for sure that it does what it says with regard to filtering AC pollution. BUT, I do know that AC pollution exists and sometimes my mobile video equipment will pick up radio signals and corrupt microphone recordings. This power strip does completely eliminate RF (radio frequency) interference, and that alone made it worth the purchase for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Home Theatre Must !!!! An Entertainment Center Joy !!!!!
The "Monster CLEAN POWER circuitry (Model HTS800) has it all for your audio / video components.Including Sound & Picture.

Simple to use Monster provides you with color coded outlets with mathching tags to apply to the appropiate plugs.(This is very important in those times of removing the correct plug without disturbing the existing system setup).

These are the perks of the HTS800:

* The power cord is 8 foot in length and has a 3 prong plug with a 30 degree offset to allow use of adjacent wall outlets.(A very convenient and wonderful feature).

* 8 outlets to cover all your needs, 5 color coded ones to include; VCR, DVD, Cable, CD, & Audio AMP.3 additional widely spaced outlets for TV and 2 Spares.

* Video cable antenna (coaxiale)/ DSS or DIVX surge protection filter circuit (improves cable picture by up to 30%).

* Phone line surge protection filter.

* A free 6 foot monster video and telephone cable.

*Visual and audio surge alarm.

This CLEAN POWER system is a must for that Family Room with all the gadgets !!!!!!!

Your investment needs to be protected and this is the ALL IN ONE product that can do it for you.I love mine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Monster Cable MP HTS800 HP Surge Protector
I have a 36 inch Sony Wega TV, Pioneer DVC302D DVD player, SONY VCR and a code less phone on the Monster Cable MP HTS800 HP Surge Protector. Observed a slight improvement in picture quality after installing the HTS800.

Really liked the color-coded AC outlets with matching labels. Also theextra space between power outlets so that power adapters for telephone etccan be connected easily.

I recommend this product for your home theater.

5-0 out of 5 stars Satisfied in it's simplicity!
Monster Cable products have always proved to me to be quality. this surge protector shows me the exact same traits. This comes with 8 plugs and of which 3 can easily fit any large ac adaptor. This has protected my computerfrom several electrical storms. My cpu is also plugged into a cable jackthrough my cable modem and this mc surge protector also has a jack forthat. not only that but my phone is also plugged into it so i can alwayshave a safe phone to talk on. The warranty that comes with it is also andexcellent deal. if something happens to anything while plugged into thissurge protector, it will be replaced up to 50000 dollars. ... Read more


6. Monster Cable Home Theater PowerCenter HTS 2000 MKII with Clean Power Stage 2 (v 2.0)
by Monster Cable
list price: $229.95
our price: $189.94
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000E2PMA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Monster Cable
Sales Rank: 12306
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Guard against power surges and maximize your Satellite/TiVo and Cable TV/HDTV's performance with the Monster Power Home Theater Reference PowerCenter. It's engineered to remove polluted AC power to give you better sound and picture, and provides 2775-joule protection from surges and spikes; digital voltage and current meters; isolated audio/video filters; one pair of ultra-low loss protected phone jacks for Satellite/TiVo, and 3 pairs coax jacks for Cable TV/HDTV; and more. Features 12 easy-to-use color-coded outlets with power cord labels for easy hook-up, Monster cables, 24K gold contacts, and illuminated on/off switch. Imported. ... Read more

Features

  • Monster Clean PowerTM Stage 2 v.2.0 circuitry filter dramatically reduces electronic noise.
  • Tri-Mode power protection circuitry with audible alarm and auto disconnect.
  • 12 AC outlets for AC surge protection.
  • 3 pair ultra-low loss, protected coaxial connections for cable TV/HDTV.
  • 1 pair of protected phone/network connections for satellite/TiVo/phone/network protection.

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars A silver bullet for interference issues?
My short review...

I'll start by saying I am NOT a Monster Cable fan.I think for the most part they sell overpriced cables and interconnects to unsuspecting consumers and laugh all the way to the bank.

However, in this case, I had just bought a new HD TV, and found that I could now see substantial interference on analog cable channels, as well as minor interference from any input.

After consulting several experts, I was told that I could have 1 of 3 things going on, and most likely a combination of at least 2 of them... 1.) Cable line ground-loop interference 2.) Power line ground-loop interference 3.) General RF interference.

Looking around at different power conditioners and cable-line isolators brought my to this Monster Cable product.I purchased it keeping in mind Amazon's excellent customer service on returns.

I was more than ready to be skeptical.

I hooked everything up, ran the cable line through it, and powered on.The difference in the video interference problem was pretty profound.I'd say there was a 95% improvement, and I can only see the interference now if I'm looking for it.

Supposedly this product was really designed to help my audio system (and the video cleaning was an addition), but I have not had time to give my setup an in-depth listen since installing the PowerCenter.To be fair, I've never had a complaint about my audio, as "crackles" and interferences occur very, very rarely.

But at least on the video end, this produce works as claimed, and has definitely improved the picture on my big-screen HD TV. ... Read more


7. Network Management Smartslot Card 10/100 Auto-sensing Lan Connec
by APC

our price: $214.79
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Asin: B00006BBKN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: APC
Sales Rank: 33579
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Product Description

APC UPS Network Management CardAPC's UPS Network Management Cards provide management of an individual UPS by connecting the UPS directly to the network with a dedicated IP address, avoiding the need for a proxy such as a server. Embedded technology provides exceptional reliability and enables the UPS to reboot hung equipment. Manage each APC UPS individually via web browser, Telnet or SSH. Notification features inform you of problems as they occur. For protected servers, the included PowerChute Network Shutdown software provides graceful, unattended shutdown in the event of an extended power outage. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theAmerican Power AP9617 - SMARTSLOT SNMP MANAGEMENT CARD 10/100 AUTO-SENSING LAN CONNECTION and all other American Power Desktop Components ... Read more


8. Monster Cable MPB 1100 Home Theatre POWERBAR 1100 with Clean Power Stage 2 v2.0
by Monster Cable
list price: $199.95
our price: $189.99
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Asin: B00006OAJL
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Monster Cable
Sales Rank: 4891
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Product Description

8 color-coded AC outlets * 3 sets of coax inputs and outputs * phone line input and output * Monster Clean Power Stage 2 (v.2.0) noise filtering * coax cable, phone cord, and color-coded labels included * wall-mount bracket included ... Read more

Features

  • 24k gold-plated grounded plug for maximum conductivity.
  • Monster Clean Power Stage 2 v2.0 application-specific filters for enhanced A/V performance.
  • $250,000 guaranteed connected equipment protection and product warranty.
  • Protects coax lines used with cable TV and DBS equipment from surge pulses.
  • 2775 joule rating provides highest level of surge absorption.

9. Monster Cable MP HTS2500 Ref. PowerCenter HTS2500, Clean Power, Surge & Color Coded Outlets 10 outlets, 3 coax, 1 phone, Clean Power
by Monster Cable
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00003CWDN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Monster Cable
Sales Rank: 23855
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Product Description

Guard against power surges and maximize your home theater system's performance with this Monster Power home theater reference PowerCenter. It provides Stage 2 filtering with 3 separate filter sections, high-joule surge protection, sequenced power turn-on for superior audiophile performance and convenience, and audio/video filters that are optimized for analog and video components. Features 10 color-coded component-specific outlets, 3 pairs of coaxial outlets with ultra-low insertion loss, telephone phone splitter with surge arrestor, 24K gold contact heavy-duty AC plug, and an extra-long 8' high-current power cable. Imported. 3-7/8Hx9-7/8Wx17L". ... Read more

Features

  • 4 switched/timed outlets for sequenced power turn-on.
  • Monster Clean Power Stage 2 filtering for the highest quality sound and stage 2 v.2.0.
  • $100,000 Connected Equipment Warranty.
  • Protects coax lines used with cable TV and DBS equipment from surge pulses.
  • 1850 joule rating provides highest level of surge absorption.

10. APC Performance SurgeArrest 11-Outlet Surge Protector (PF11VT3)
by American Power Conversion Corp.
list price: $19.99
our price: $31.34
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Asin: B0000D8IYC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: American Power Conversion Corp.
Sales Rank: 4908
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Complete Surge Protection For High Performance Computers and Electronics

Features:
  • 180 degree Rotating Cord Retainer
  • Adjustable Cable Management
  • Always on Outlets
  • Cable Line Protection
  • Cord Management
  • Fail Safe Mode
  • IEEE let-through rating and UL 1449 compliance
  • Manual disconnect switch
  • Overload Indicator
  • Phone Line Splitter
  • Plug Activated Safety Shutters
  • Right Angle Plug
  • Status Indicator LED's
  • Transformer Block Spacing
... Read more

Features

  • 11 surge protected outlets
  • 10 foot power cord
  • Coaxial cable protection; Telephone protection with 2-way splitter
  • $75,000 Lifetime Connected Equipment Protection

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to set up, but cable signal degrades
Unlike many power-strips/surge protectors I've bought in the past, the APC model PF11VT3 is well designed to accomodate all types of transformer plugs and regular power cords.The "Pivoting Strain Relief" cable makes it very convenient to set up in tight places and the cord management clip does a very nice job of keeping cords orderly.This review comes after only about 3 weeks owning so it's too early to see if the surge protection works (it may be working without me knowing it). I haven't hooked it up to a phone line, so no comment there.My one disappointment came when I hooked my coaxial cable up to the unit. My internet signal degraded to the point where I had to remove it and hook it back up directly to the cable modem. Documentation and instructions were very clear.Overall I like it and intend to buy another for a second computer (no cable hook up for this one). ... Read more


11. Monster Cable MP HTS 2600 Home Theater PowerCenter
by Monster Cable
list price: $349.95
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00006341G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Monster Cable
Sales Rank: 43880
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Monster Clean Power Stage 2 * 10 AC outlets (2 switched, 2 delayed, 6 unswitched) * 3 sets of coax in/out jacks (2 standard, 1 DBS) * RJ-11 phone splitter: 1 in/2 outs * rack-mounting kit included ... Read more

Features

  • Includes 8-foot Monster cable, Internet cable, and coaxial cable with 24k gold contacts
  • Full-featured power conditioner protects against surges while filtering dirty power
  • Monster Clean Power Stage 2 v.2.0 filters ensure superior audio and video
  • 2,960 joule rating provides highest level of surge and spike protection
  • 10 power outlets, 3 coaxial outlets, and 1 phone outlet

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product!
I bought this as extra protection for my Samsung 56 inch DLP and audio system.Compared to using a normal surge protector, the Monster HTS 2600 indeed provided a clearer picture, cleaning up the snow and artifacts.I haven't really tested out the audio yet.It's good for peace of mind, as I want to protect my expensive investment.

2-0 out of 5 stars What a Gimmick!!
I did not know which unit to buy for my Home Theatre, so I thought what the hell, I'll buy all of them, try them and see which ones works the best. Not being surprised with the results, I saw NO significant change in sound or picture on the 2600, 3600, or the 5100. But, I still kept the 2600 as it did look nice on my rack and it does protect from surges on your coax lines as well as your AC outlets. If you want a really good surge protector, then this is what to get, but don't expect any changes in your sound or picture.

5-0 out of 5 stars YOU SHOULD BUY THIS BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE.
YES I BOUGHT THE HTS 5000 but I can not get over the improved
picture quality on my tv set,I bought it for my high output audio
and home theater system.who would think the AC power coming thought our outlets would be so unstable.GO to monster cable.com
and pick the unit that best fits your needs. they have many units. My unit has 4 filters and you can plug up to 10 different
items and you have your surge protection for everything plugged
into this unit. you will be able to tell a big difference even in
the models under the 5000. ... Read more


12. LEVITON WHOLE-HOUSE SURGE PROTECTOR
by Leviton

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Asin: B00081K55Q
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Leviton
Sales Rank: 39271
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Product Description

X10 switches, modules and transmitters are delicate electrical components designed to work at 110V. Voltage spikes of several hundred or even thousands of volts generated by outside sources do occasionally occur. We know of customers that have had several X10 components fail simultaneously for no apparent reason except for one clue, X10 modules that happened to be plugged into a surge suppressor/surge protector power strip were still functional. ... Read more

Features

  • Unlimited main breaker panel current
  • Transient surge capacity - 950 joules
  • Maximum surge current - 50,000A
  • Response time - Instantaneous

13. MAX 5100 SURGE PROTECTION 10 AC
by PANAMAX
list price: $349.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00006LHPB
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PANAMAX
Sales Rank: 38619
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Product Description

10 AC outlets (four always-on) * high-current outlet bank * F-type coax input and output * DBS coax input and output * phone line input and output * EMI/RF filtering * 2 RG-6 coax cables included * line voltage output meter * optional rack-mount kit ... Read more

Features

  • 10 AC outlets (four always-on)
  • high-current outlet bank
  • F-type coax input and output
  • DBS coax input and output
  • phone line input and output

14. SmartPro 550 USB UPS System
by TRIPP LITE
list price: $129.99
our price: $124.44
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Asin: B00006JHUS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: TRIPP LITE
Sales Rank: 30016
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Product Description

Tripp Lite's SMART550USB line interactive UPS system offers voltage regulation, surge suppression and long lasting battery support for personal comp ... Read more

Features

  • 550 VA power capacity
  • 6 protected outlets
  • Built-in USB port

15. Monster Cable Home Theater Reference PowerCenter 5000 (MP HTS5000)
by Monster Cable
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B00003CWDP
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Monster Cable
Sales Rank: 43365
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Guard against power surges and maximize your home theater system's performance with this Monster Power home theater reference PowerCenter. It provides Stage 4 filtering with programmable outlets, 5 separate filter sections for superior audiophile performance and convenience, and an expanded scale volt meter with adjustable illumination. It also has audio/video filters that are optimized for analog and video components, and it has a 2775-joule, high-surge protection. Features 10 color-coded component-specific outlets, 3 pairs of coaxial outlets with ultra-low insertion loss, telephone phone splitter with lockout circuit and surge arrestor, and sequenced power turn-on/off. Imported. 3-7/8Hx14Wx17L". ... Read more

Features

  • 12 volt trigger input for remote turn-on of switched outlets.
  • Monster Clean Power Stage 4 v2.0 application-specific filters.
  • All outlets are fully programmable to be switched, switched with delay, or unswitched.
  • Ultra-high 2775 joule rating provides highest level of surge protection.
  • Sequenced AC power turn-on and turnoff for equipment protection and overload prevention.

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Expensive but WORKS!
The Home Experience
I have a Sony Grand WEGA KF42WE610 42" using Comcast Cable reception w/o the box (analog reception).I wanted to give a bare bone truth if the HTS5000 is any good or not.After spending 1hr 30minutes properly installing my plugs, making sure my wall socket had 3 prongs (not use a 3 prong to 2 prong cheat which will void your warranty, the HTS5000 will not register as being grounded) and installing some copper wire to grounding the HTS 5000 itself (water pipe, iron/steel fixture tucked behind a wall or heater vent will do nicely) I was finally able to plug the HTS 5000, turn on the Sony STR-DE885 receiver w/ 150 watt preamp sub.I immediately noticed a better quality of sound and I was finally able to maintain its volume (as it would decrease and I would have to turn it up even more).It is the same sound quality as mentioned earlier with the Best Buy receiver.The picture is less pixilated and flesh tones are better (although nothing like Direct TV).Cartoon network has vivid, sharp colors (the colors orange and yellow, blue and purple, etc are distinguished.#1 noticeable difference pronounced even as I write this review is the TV's sound quality!It is as good as my STR-885 Sony Receiver!The sound volume remains the same and the bass is much richer then before.The voices are crisp, clear and audible.In the past I accepted the fact that my TV speakers were no good (reason for buying the STR-885) until today!Another positive trait is viewing Channel 2 via cable.In my area channel 2 is the worst channel, producing a series of thin horizontal to diagonal lines. The lines are very noticeable and distractinggiving a3d effect as you attempt to watch a program only having a 75% viewable screen.After installing the HTS 5000, channel 2 is now 95% viewable.You now have to look real hard to find them from 5' away! This is 2nd biggest improvement as I already have a 4 port, Electroline Drop Amp with single shielded RG-6 cable wire. The coax cable is connected to the HTS 5000 and a Monster top grade coax cable from the HTS 5000 to the TV.

SIDE NOTE
Although double shielded RG-6 coax cable would do better most that I have found do not have a solid copper core.As I was told that the signal travels around the circumference not inside.Regardless if you have solid copper core or not It is extremely important to check your cable connections to make sure the exposed copper wire does not have any marks or nicks around the circumference!If any are found there is a 100% chance you are not receiving the best picture possible.It is a MUST to cut the wire just below the connection,then buy $10-$18 "plastic" 2-Blade rotary coaxial cable stripper to properly strip it, place a coax connector then screw it back on your TV (This is intended for coax cable installed by your cable company.Monster coax cable and such are not part of this side note).

The Home Experience Voltage
When I first turn plugged this unit in Voltage was at 125V and did drop to about 115 volts using appliances in the kitchen.I did notice voltage as high as 125 volts until I turn the TV on then it would drop to 120 volts.I also have my computer, DSL and 18" monitor hooked up to the HTS 5000 and it remains 120 volts with the TV on!I did not notice anything better with the computer DSL or monitor.

5-0 out of 5 stars Monster Cable Surge Protector
Excellent service I highly recommend the seller of this product.The product was exactly what I was looking for.A++++++ service from Beach Audio. ... Read more


16. Monster Cable Home Theatre Reference PowerSource HTPS 7000
by Monster Cable
list price: $1,299.99
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Asin: B00006346V
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Monster Cable
Sales Rank: 69814
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

For Hookup of Electronic Components to AC Power Providing Optimized Monster Clean Powerât Deliver Peak PerformanceThe current that comes from your wall outlets is inherently imbalanced, causing high-frequency oscillations that get picked up by your sensitive home theater system in the form of performance-robbing hum, buzz, and static. And while filtering radio frequency (RF) and electromagnetic (EM) interference can remove much of the hum, buzz, and static from your system, only a power center with perfectly balanced power can fully remove interference for the best possible picture and sound from your home Theater system. Monsterâs Home Theater Power Source HTPS7000 Provides Balanced Powerand Ultimate Power Conditioning for the Best Possible Home Theater PerformanceHTPS7000 employs cutting edge technology to perform the difficult task of balancing the power used by your home theater system. Equipped with unique twin isolation transformers, HTPS7000 refines and matches the current from your wall outlet for a perfect balance between the negative and positive current flowing to and from your home Theater components. The result is a virtually complete elimination of powerline oscillations, and the hum, buzz, and static they cause. With HTPS7000 as an integral part of your home theater system, your audiocomponents will perform with stunning clarity, significantly expanded frequency response, and powerfully precise imaging, while your video components will deliver clearer, sharper images, brilliant colors, and a static-free picture. HTPS7000 is equipped with Monster Powerâs Clean Power Stage 5 v2.0 circuitry. Clean Power Stage 5 v2.0 uses five ultra-advanced isolated filters to provide further rejection of the electromechannical and radio frequency interference present in your AC power lines as well as your home Theat ... Read more

Features

  • Tri-ModeTM circuitry with audible alarm and auto disconnectprovides the most comprehensive power protection.
  • 270° analog voltmeter for instantaneous monitoring of power fluctuations.
  • Sequenced AC power turn-on and turn-off for equipment protection and overload prevention.
  • 3145 joule rating provides highest level of surge absorption.
  • Programmable switched and un-switched outlets.

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars State of the art filtering
This is Monster's top-of-the-line power filter. It comes with a fat 8ft power cable (must be hooked up to a grounded outlet) and has 12 filtered outlets in 4 groups (with programmable switch-on times). You also get three antenna filters and one phone-line filter. The HTPS7000 will also correct the voltage slightly, but if you have severe voltage problems, you will need an AVS 2000 to take care of that. This is a serious piece of equipment, built with to the highest standards and will enhance any home theater rig, both sonically and visually. And yeah, it looks good too. ... Read more


17. Monster Cable MP AV 800 PowerCenter AV 800 with Surge Protection
by Monster Cable
list price: $49.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00003CWDH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Monster Cable
Sales Rank: 6766
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

This high performance Monster Cable MP AV 800 PowerCenter with Surge Protection gives you clean, noise-free power and protects your components from power surges. Features: 8 color-coded, labeled outlets and matching cord labels for easy hookup; a Monster internet cable and video cable; 8-ft. Monster AC power cable with FlatProfile right angle plug; 8 outlets including 3 spaced for use with AC adapter transformers; audible and visual indicators for damage, protection and ground status monitoring; and 1850 joule rating for higher levels of surge absorption. ... Read more

Features

  • Maximum conductivity 24k gold contact, grounded right angle plug lets furniture hug walls.
  • Audible and visual indicators for damage, protection, and ground status monitoring.
  • Color-coded, labeled outlets and matching cord labels for easy hookup.
  • 8 ft. Monster AC power cable with FlatProfile right angle plug provides flexibility for installations.
  • Eight outlets total, including three spaced for use with AC adapter transformers.

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Clean power/Surge protector for under $100
This is a great value for a power cleaner/surge protector under $100. This will clean dirty electricity better than pieces in the hundreds of dollars in other brands, for a better picture and better sound. It also protects against cable spikes with it's coax protection. Not only are the color coded outlets nice to look at, they also help to correctly unplug the home theatre component you were looking for. Try and find something like this with an 1850 Joule rating, that has a lifetime replacement warranty. When your tv blows up from a lightning hit, don't say I didn't warn you. I bought 4 of these for all my tv's!! I recommend these to all!

5-0 out of 5 stars It Has A Phone Jack Sujo
I own this powercenter. It's great and performs better than my "Tripp" IT HAS A PHONE JACK. I don't know why Target would publish a review from someone who obviously can't figure out which model he/she bought. Unfortunately for Monster ... they did. A happy Monster purchaser and convert who has experienced the "Monster Difference".

5-0 out of 5 stars I've Got The Power!
Works great----Not sure if I'll ever need the surge protection...but it's nice knowing my gear is protected. The extra long, flexible power cord and color-coded outlets with labels are very convienent. Well worth the 50 bucks.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth it's cost
I admit,this is a nice "looking" power strip and it will work just fine with your electronics equipment,but you can get the same quality in a surge power strip for half the price of this one.With Monster Cable products,it seems that 50% of the product's price is in the way it "looks",not what it actually "does".

1-0 out of 5 stars No phone jacks
The description of the products says "Protects coaxial and phone lines used with DBS equipment from surge pulses."It doesn't define "DBS equipment" and there are no phone jacks -- making it impossible for me to use it as a protection for phone lines. ... Read more


18. Monster Cable MP HT800 Home Theater PowerCenter
by Monster Cable
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B00003CWDK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Monster Cable
Sales Rank: 8684
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Maximum conductivity 24k gold contact, grounded right angle plug lets furniture hug walls.
  • Monster Clean Power Stage 1 v2.0 filter to provide noise-free power to your sensitive electronic components.
  • Color-coded, labeled outlets and matching cord labels for easy hookup.
  • 8 ft. Monster AC power cable with FlatProfile right angle plug provides flexibility for installations.
  • Eight outlets total, including three spaced for use with AC adapter transformers.

Reviews (1)

3-0 out of 5 stars power conditioner for home theater
I have been using this powercenter for over a year and it works well.What I like best is that I don't notice any loss of signal quality when using the Coax filter.I have noticed this with other coax filters.The color coded and labelled outlets also are handy when moving/adding equipment.This way you know exactly what you are unplugging.A couple things I didn't like about the powercenter is that it is only rated at 15amps (~1800 watts).So if you have a 20amp circuit for your hometheater you are not able to draw all the power you could.This is probably not a big deal unless you have a lot of equipment and are running it all from the powercenter.Another item to watch for it that the coax input/output connectors have a tendency to loosen up.Then when I move the powercenter my sub woofer thumps loudly.Like it is shorting out internally.This is easy fixed or avoided by tightening the coax fittings.Lastly this unit will not take care of ground loop hums that can occur from improperly grounded cable feeds. ... Read more


19. APC BP500UC Back-UPS Pro 500
by APC
list price: $199.99
our price: $134.89
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Asin: B00000J506
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: APC
Sales Rank: 9950
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Power problems wreak havoc on today’s multitasking networked or stand-alone PCs. The more you do with your PC, the more you stand to lose. An APC Back-UPS Pro instantly switches your computer to emergency battery backup power and allows you to work through brief power outages without data loss or downtime. The APC Back-UPS Pro uses PowerChute&reg; plus power management software with WorkSafe&reg; to save files and shut down your computer safely in the event of an extended power failure. High-performance surge suppression for AC line and network/dataline protects all paths to your system from electrical noise and damaging power surges - even lightning.

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Features

  • Multipath Protection
  • Uninterruptible Power
  • Lightning and Surge Protection
  • Automatic Voltage Regulation
  • USB Communications Port

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great item
Had mine since December 1999 but noticed that the battery failed after about 3 years, like the other poster wrote, APC didn't list a replacement at first but now they do and I finally got around to replacing it.Battery type is RBC2 for those wondering.

Solid unit, having a telephone line/out and USB controller is a plus.

3-0 out of 5 stars Solid unit...with a catch
I have owned one of these UPS's for about 3 years.Earlier this year the alarms went off indicating that the battery needed replacement.I thought that was odd considering the age of the unit.No problem though,I'll just log onto APC's website and order a replacement battery.Wasn't I surprised to see that APC indicates that this model doesn't have a replacable battery.This didn't make much sense to me since the unit has an access door to the battery compartment.

Well,I removed the battery and found a web vendor that had a replacement for $18.It is a very common 12volt cell and was available from several vendors.The unit is back up and working well again.

I have experienced several black-outs in the past few years and this UPS can keep my CPU, 19" monitor, cable modem & network switch operable for enough time to save any work in progress and shut down my system.

In closing, it is a well designed unit with adequate power for most home or small office systems.But I was a little put off by the short life of the original battery and incorrect replacement information listed by APC.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great unit!
This unit is my 2ed UPS made by APC.I out grew the other and decided on this unit. The USB connection is what sold me on this as I leave my computer on most of the day.It did shut down (using the included software) during a test I ran and the software as gives you a battery charge state.A must have if you are in an area that has frequent power problems.With the built in surge protection, you can't go wrong.

5-0 out of 5 stars APC
I have about 25 APC at my job where I am currently work for school. When the thurderstorm hits my school many time. It won't kill all of computer server and others important computer. I am so gladly to have this APC,because save my time to maintance if lost everything. I want buy one of myown personal at home which I need. ... Read more


20. APC BP500CLR 500VA Clear Back-ups Pro
by APC
list price: $179.99
our price: $134.89
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Asin: B000055XK9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: APC
Sales Rank: 27299
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

APC's Back-UPS LS 500 offers rugged and remarkably stylish power and surge protection for high-performance computer systems. With seven power outlets (four battery plus surge and three surge-only), two-line fax/modem protection, and easy-to-use software for file saving and auto system shutdown, the LS 500 provides complete computer-system protection.

Measuring just 5 x 9 x 8 inches (W x H x D) and weighing a mere 16 pounds, the LS 500 provides a lot of backup for its size. Dataline protection covers RJ-11 modem/fax/DSL protection (four-wire, dual lines), and the surge-energy rating extends to 420 joules, handling surges, spikes ,and even lightning (guaranteed).

An overload indicator notifies you when the UPS has too much connected equipment for its rated load, and audible alarms and status LEDs notify you of changing UPS and utility power conditions. A cold-start feature lets you power on the unit with no input power, providing temporary emergency battery power when the utility power is out.

Typical backup time at half load is 14.1 minutes (157.5 watts), and typical backup time at full load is 3.6 minutes (315 watts). Automatic voltage regulation (AVR) corrects low-voltage conditions without draining the battery, while the unit's space-saving, ergonomic shape makes the unit easy to use and manage. Its outlets are conveniently located on top, and the alarm indicators are visible from any angle. The LS 500's transformer-block spacing is designed to allow use of up to two transformer block plugs without blocking access to other outlets.

USB 2.0 compatibility and connectivity ensures quick and easy installation of the included APC Shutdown Manager PowerChute Personal Edition software (for Windows 98/Me/XP/2000 and Mac OS 9.0.4 or higher).

The three surge-only outlets offer protection for non-data sensitive equipment like scanners and printers without reducing the unit's available power or battery capacity. This helps to maximize battery power for equipment that needs it most like a computer and monitor. The unit's use of a push-button circuit breaker instead of a standard fuse eliminates the need to return the unit to the factory for service.

Microprocessor-controlled battery charging and diagnostic testing ensures maximum battery life and intelligent battery management, while a replace-battery indicator warns you when to charge or replace the battery. Using an optional replacement battery, you can even change the LS 500's battery without powering down your equipment. The unit uses a leakproof, maintenance-free, sealed lead-acid battery with suspended electrolyte.

The UPS also offers a $25,000 lifetime equipment-protection policy, free trial offers of anti-virus, e-mail privacy, system recovery and firewall software, as well as a data-recovery warranty provided exclusively by Ontrack Data Recovery Services. Optional batteries include the CURK2 APC Charge-UPS Refresher Kit number 2 and RBC2 APC Replacement Battery Cartridge number 2.

What's in the Box
APC Shutdown Manager PowerChute Personal Edition CD with software, Cord Management Straps, USB cable, User Manual ... Read more

Features

  • Additional surge-protected outlets; Internet FAX - modem - DSL surge protection; Lightning and surge protection
  • Audible alarms
  • Automatic voltage regulation (AVR); Building wiring fault indicator; Overload indicator; Easy overload recovery
  • Hot-swap batteries; Intelligent battery management; Replace battery indicator

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars A life-saver for desktop user
I bought this unit in September 2004 from J&R via Amazon, and the unit worked flawlessly ever since, and saved me a couple of time from power outage.
I haven't used any other power backup device, so I cannot compare. However, I can tell that this unit works perfectly and is worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars this thing rules
i was worried it may be noisy, but it's not. i have a pentium 4, 17" monitor, two hard drives, etc. and it says i'm using 158-170 watts of power. this thing can handle a lot more than that. very happy with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excelente UPS!!
The UPS is simple, easy to install and the software is a delight, you can view and configure everything.

With the included USB cable, you can configure min and max normal voltage, view the UPS log, disable audible alarms during certain hours, and more.

Definitively, the best UPS I ever had.

5-0 out of 5 stars APC Backup Pro 500
This UPS worked right out of the box as advertized. I am running Windows XP Home so I had to download the software from the APC Web Site. Installed without a hitch. Software is very easy to use and tells you everything that you would want to know about the status of the UPS. I am running my tower, monitor and all peripherals from the UPS. This draws an average of 185 watts which gives me 12 minutes of backup. I setup the software to 'shutdown' my PC after 3 minutes of a power outage. During a test it did exactly as advertized. Great product ... Read more


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