About the Brand – APC
APC – The name which is well-known in UPS industry, gives more value to this Home Inverter model BI850sine.
This is not an Indian Product :( , actually APC is owned by a French company called Schneider, which is operating worldwide. Schneider is industry giant in power backup equipment manufacturing, power management components and Energy distribution.
In recent years, Schneider has acquired several successful companies in India (including Luminous) and has strong market share in UPS inverter industry.
APC is clearly leading in manufacturing of UPS for IT industry and Data centers. They don’t compromise in quality and their products are known for its good quality components and better back-up.
APC is the choice of Customers with some technical knowledge. Though APC’s service network is not so good, customers from IT background mostly prefer APC Home UPS for its excellent performance.
Compare APC Home UPS with Su-Kam and Luminous
APC’s Technology is different from the technology of other leading UPS manufacturers in India, so we don’t want to get into that comparison.
It does not mean that our Indian products are cheap in quality. Actually Our Indian products are better and manufactured in a certain way to function flawlessly in Indian conditions.
APC Home UPS comes with some advanced features like 11 volt low cut setting, High temperature protection, Away switch at front panel, Load Indicator and wide range of battery charge current selection. All these features comes for Rs.4500/- which is 1k less than Su-Kam’s flagship model Falcon Plus.
At the same time we should admit that sukam falcon plus has several other advantages which is more than enough for a normal user.
APC Home UPS is certainly a premium Product which cannot be compared with basic sine wave wave Inverters like sukam shiny and microtek inverter models.
Some APC Home UPS users have raised a complaint about humming noise from inverter in battery mode which is very annoying.
Luminous Flagship model zelio 900 VA inverter has LCD display in front panel and MCB at back panel. Price is almost same. we will compare all these models in a separate post.
Why choose APC Home UPS?
# Pure sine wave output – Best companion for your computers, mobile chargers, LED TV’s and all other sensitive gadgets.
# No humming noise from fan and light
# High quality components – ensures long life
# World class Technology & Proven Reliability
# Better battery management technology prolongs the inverter battery life.
# Generator Compatibility
5 Features that makes APC Home UPS a better choice
# Load Indicator
Apc Home Ups has load indicating lights in Front panel, which is more reliable than so called LCD displays in other leading inverter brands which always show some unrealistic predictions about load on inverter and remaining backup hours in battery mode.
# Away Switch
‘Away switch’ is available in front panel, which is very useful when you go for vacation. It maintains your battery charge level and prevents it from deep discharge.
# Battery charge current selection switch
Charge current selection switch with 4 options – 8Amp, 10Amp, 13 Amp and 15 Amp
Normally most inverter models have 2 charge selection options and some advanced models have 3 modes for charge current selection.
APC Home UPS is compatible with batteries from 80ah to 180 ah.
When pairing an 80 ah battery with APC home UPS, you should select only 8Amp charge current. Choosing high charge current for low capacity battery will lead to severe battery damage and it affects your battery life significantly.
Recommended Charge current
80 ah battery
8 amp charge current
100 ah battery
10 amp charge current
135 ah battery
13 amp charge current
150 ah to 180 ah
15 amp charge current
# Inverter Compatible with Generators
Usually normal sine wave inverters are mostly not compatible with Generators for certain technical reasons. But some inverter models like APC Home UPS and Su-kam Falcon Plus are compatible with generators. This facility might be useful for some users who use Gensets in their Home or Office.
# 11.1 Volt Disconnect – Low battery voltage shutdown enhances battery life
Normally all home inverters are set to shutdown the unit when the battery reaches 10.5 volt in battery backup mode, actually 10.5 low volt disconnect setting will allow us to use the battery power to its maximum and delivers extra backup time, but if we continue to do this regularly then the battery life will be affected severely.
To tackle this problem, APC has set the Low Voltage Disconnect setting to 11.1 volt, which enhances the battery life and reduces the backup time to some extent.
APC is the first company to introduce this setting in the Indian Market. Recently Su-kam also introduces this 11 Volt disconnect setting in its Falcon Plus Inverter model
# Better Battery Management and Fast Recharging without decreasing battery life
APC’s has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing UPS for computers and this experience helps the company to make a state of art, microprocessor based battery charging and managing software for its Home UPS series. Proven technology makes it more reliable.
A premium 150 ah tall tubular battery is 3 times as expensive as an 850 VA Home Inverter unit, so better battery management is necessary to prolong the battery life.
APC has 3 stage battery charging technology which smartly senses the battery state and gives charge current according to the battery status.
Choosing 15 amp charge current from the back panel does not mean that it constantly supplies 15 amp charge current to the battery. It limits the charge current according to your battery age and condition of cells.
APC Home UPS is available in
850 VA (12v single battery model) ( BI850sine )
1500 VA (24v double battery model) (BI1500sine)
850 VA model is sufficient for two bedroom homes and it would cost around Rs.4500/- (excluding battery & other installation charges). It will operate with one 12 v battery, which would cost around 11K)
850 VA sine wave inverter – Rs.4500/-
One 12v 150 ah tall tubular battery – Rs.11,000/-
Installation cost – Rs.1000/- ( this applies only if your home does not have separate inverter wiring)
Total cost – Rs.16500 (approx.)
You could connect
One 32 inch LED TV – 50 watts
DTH box – 20 watts
Internet wifi Modem & router – 20 watts
3 ceiling fans – 80watts x 3 – 240 watts
3 CFL’s – 25 watts x 3 – 75 watts
2 Tube lights – 40watts x 2 – 80 watts
Total power consumption – 485 watts
An 850 VA Inverter would handle load up to 500 watts simultaneously, if you want to run your kitchen mixer/blender with 500watts for few seconds, you should switch off all other gadgets in inverter line for few mins till you finish your work with blender.
Model APC BI1500sine – 1500VA double battery inverter model
Double battery inverter model is better choice for 3 BHK homes and family with more than 5 members. Go for it, if you could afford this inverter.
Inverter Price – Rs.7400/-
Cost of two 150 ah Exide tall tubular batteries with 18+18 months warranty – Rs.22000/-
Installation cost – Rs.1500/-
Total cost – Rs.30,900 (approx.)
For better backup, you could limit the concurrent usage of all the gadgets listed above.
# Price of APC Home UPS
APC Home UPS BI850 – Rs.4500 (approx.) Check Online price
APC Home UPS BI1500 – Rs.7400 (approx.) Check Online Price