Back-UPS® Pro 900 Installation and Operation
Inventory
Safety
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Do not install the Back-UPS in direct
sunlight, in excessive heat, humidity,
or in contact with fluids.
Connect the battery
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Install PowerChute® Personal Edition Software
APC PowerChute Personal Edition software provides automatic file saving and shutdown of
your computer in the event of a power failure. Use the cable supplied with the Back-UPS to
connect the data port on the Back-UPS to the USB port on your computer. Place the CD into
your computer, and follow the on-screen instructions.
Connect the equipment
Battery Backup and Surge Protected outlets
When the Back-UPS is receiving input power,
the Battery Backup with Surge Protection outlets
will supply power to connected equipment.
During a power outage or other utility problems,
the Battery Backup outlets receive power for a
limited time from the Back-UPS.
Master and Controlled outlets
To conserve electricity, when the device
connected to Master Outlet goes into Sleep or
Standby mode, or turns Off, the Controlled
device(s) will shut down as well, saving
electricity.
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Connect equipment such as printers, fax
machines, scanners, or other peripherals that do
not need battery backup power to the Surge
Protection Only outlets. These outlets provide
full-time protection from surges even if the
Back-UPS is switched OFF.
Connect a master device, such as a desktop computer or audio/visual receiver to the Master outlet. Connect
peripheral devices such as a printer, speakers, or a scanner to the Controlled outlets.
 USB and Serial Data port
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To use PowerChute Personal Edition, connect the supplied USB software cable or optional
serial cable (not included).
Telephone cable surge-protected Connect a telephone cable to the IN port, and connect a modem to the OUT port.
ports
Surge Protected outlets,
These outlets are protected from electrical surges, and will disconnect from utility power during
controlled by the Master outlet
a power outage, or if the Master device goes into Sleep or Standby mode.
Surge Protected outlets
These outlets provide full-time surge protection, even when the unit is turned off. Connect
equipment such as printers and scanners that do not require battery backup protection.
Battery Backup outlets with
During a power outage or other utility problems, these outlets provide power from battery.
Surge Protection
Connect critical equipment such as desktop computer, computer monitor, modem or other data
sensitive devices into these outlets.
Battery Backup outlet with Surge These outlets will supply battery power to the connected equipment during a power outage.
Protection, controlled by the
Power will be disconnected to these outlets if the Master device goes into Sleep or Standby
Master outlet
mode. Connect equipment such as a computer monitor to these outlets.
Master outlet
Connect the master device to this outlet, in most scenarios, this will be the main computer.
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 Ethernet surge-protected ports
 Circuit breaker
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Use an Ethernet cable to connect a cable modem to the IN port, and connect a computer to the
OUT port.
Use to reset the system after an overload or short circuit.
Back-UPS Pro 900 Installation and Operation
Operation
Power-Saving Function
To conserve electricity, configure the Back-UPS to recognize a Master device, such as a desktop
computer or an A/V receiver, and Controlled peripheral devices, such as a printer, speakers, or a scanner.
When the Master device goes into Sleep or Standby mode, or is switched OFF, the Controlled device(s)
will be switched off as well, saving electricity.
Enable the Power-Saving function. Press and hold MUTE and DISPLAY simultaneously for two seconds. The
Back-UPS will beep to indicate that the feature is enabled. The leaf icon on the display will illuminate.
Disable the Power-Saving function. Press and hold MUTE and DISPLAY simultaneously for two seconds. The
Back-UPS will beep to indicate that the feature is disabled. The leaf icon on the display will darken.
Setting the threshold. The amount of power used by a device in Sleep or Standby mode varies between devices. It
may be necessary to adjust the threshold at which the Master outlet signals the Controlled outlets to shut down.
1. Ensure a master device is connected to the Master outlet. Put that device into Sleep or Standby mode, or turn it
OFF.
2. Press DISPLAY and MUTE simultaneously and hold for six seconds, until the leaf icon flashes three times and the
Back-UPS beeps three times.
3. The Back-UPS will now recognize the threshold level of the Master device and save it as the new threshold setting.
Power-Saving Display
The display interface can be configured to be continuously illuminated, or to save energy, it can be configured to
darken after a period of inactivity.
1. Full Time Mode: Press and hold DISPLAY for two seconds. The display will illuminate and the Back-UPS will beep
to confirm the Full-Time mode.
2. Power-Saving Mode: Press and hold DISPLAY for two seconds. The display will darken and the Back-UPS will
beep to confirm the Power-Saving mode. While in Power-Saving Mode, the display will illuminate if a button is
pressed, it then darkens after 60 seconds of no activity.
Unit sensitivity
Adjust the sensitivity of the Back-UPS to control when it will switch to battery power; the higher the sensitivity, the
more often the Back-UPS will switch to battery power.
1. Ensure the Back-UPS is connected to utility power, but is OFF.
2. Press and hold the POWER button for six seconds. The LOAD CAPACITY bar will flash on and off, indicating that the
Back-UPS is in programming mode.
3. Press POWER again to rotate through the menu options. Stop at selected sensitivity. The Back-UPS will beep to
confirm the selection.
Low sensitivity
156-300 Vac
Medium sensitivity (Default)
High sensitivity
176-294 Vac
176-288 Vac
Input voltage is extremely low or The Back-UPS frequently switches to The connected equipment is
high. (Not recommended for
battery power.
sensitive to voltage fluctuations.
computer loads.)
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Front Panel Buttons and Display Interface
Use the three buttons on the front panel of the Back-UPS and the display interface to configure the Back-UPS.
Front panel
Mute button
Power On/Off button
Display button
Display interface
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On Line—The Back-UPS is supplying conditioned utility power to connected equipment
Power-Saving—Master and Controlled outlets are enabled, saving power when the master device goes into
sleep or standby mode
Load Capacity—The load is indicated by the number of sections illuminated, one to five. Each bar represents
20% of the load.
Battery Charge—The battery charge level is indicated by the number of sections illuminated. When all five
blocks are illuminated, the Back-UPS is at full charge. When one block is filled, the Back-UPS is near the end of
its battery capacity, the indicator will flash and the Back-UPS will beep continuously.
Overload—The power demand from the load has exceeded the capacity of the Back-UPS.
Event—The event counter shows the number of events that occurred that caused the Back-UPS to switch to
on-battery operation.
Automatic Voltage Regulation—The Back-UPS can compensate for high or low input voltage.
When illuminated, the Back-UPS is compensating for low input voltage.
When illuminated, the Back-UPS is compensating for high input voltage.
Input voltage.
Output voltage.
System Faults—The system has a fault. The fault number will illuminate on the display interface. See “System
Faults” on page 5.
Mute—If the line through the speaker icon is illuminated, the audible alarm has been turned off.
Replace Battery—The battery is not connected or is nearing the end of its useful life. Replace the battery.
On Battery—The Back-UPS is supplying battery backup power to the connected equipment, it will beep four
times every 30 seconds.
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Back-UPS Pro 900 Installation and Operation
Warnings and System Faults
Audible Warnings
Back-UPS is running on battery. You should consider saving any work in progress.
Low battery condition and battery run-time is very low. Promptly save any work in progress, exit
all open applications, and shut down the operating system.
Battery Backup outputs are overloaded.
Four Beeps Every 30 Seconds
Continuous Beeping
Continuous tone
Chirps for 1 Minute every 5 hours Battery fails the automatic diagnostic test and should be replaced.
Warning Icons
If these icons are
illuminated...
This may be the problem.
The Back-UPS is operating on utility power, but is overloaded. Disconnect one of the items
connected to the Back-UPS. If the Overload icon stops flashing, the Back-UPS is no longer
overloaded and will continue to operate normally.
The Back-UPS is operating on battery power, but is overloaded. Disconnect one of the items
connected to the Back-UPS. If the Overload icon stops flashing, the Back-UPS is no longer
overloaded and will continue to operate normally.
The Back-UPS is operating on utility power, but the battery is not functioning properly. Contact APC
Customer Service to order a replacement battery. See “Replacement Battery” on page 8.
The Back-UPS is operating on battery power and the battery power is getting low. Shut down all
connected equipment to avoid losing an unsaved data. When possible, connect the Back-UPS to
utility power to recharge the batter.
System Faults
The Back-UPS will display these fault messages. For faults F01 and F02, contact APC Technical Support.
F01 On-Battery Overload
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F02 On-Battery Output Short
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F05
F06
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F08
F09
Turn the Back-UPS off. Disconnect non-essential
equipment from the Battery Backup outlets and the turn
Back-UPS on.
Turn the Back-UPS off. Disconnect non-essential
equipment from the Battery Backup outlets and the turn
Back-UPS on.
On-Battery Xcap Overload
Clamp Short
Charge Fault
Faults F03-F09 cannot be corrected by the user, contact
Relay Welding
APC Technical Support for assistance.
Temperature
Fan Fault
Internal Fault
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Function Button Quick-Reference
Function
Timing
Button (seconds)
UPS
Status
Description
Power
Power On
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Off
Press POWER to start receiving input utility power. If A/C input
power is not available, the Back-UPS will run on battery power.
Power Off
2
On
The Back-UPS is not receiving input utility power, but is providing
surge protection.
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On
Verify the status or condition of the Back-UPS. The LCD will
illuminate for 60 seconds.
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On
The LCD will illuminate and the Back-UPS will beep to confirm the
Full-Time mode. The LCD will darken and the Back-UPS will beep
to confirm the Power-Saving mode. While in Power-Saving Mode,
the LCD will illuminate if a button is pressed, then darkens after 60
seconds of no activity.
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On
Disable any audible alarms caused by an event.
General Status Enable/
Disable
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On
Enable or disable the audible alarms. The Mute icon will illuminate
and the Back-UPS will beep one time. The Mute function will not
activate unless the Back-UPS is operating on battery power.
Sensitivity
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Off
Master/Controlled
outlet Enable/Disable
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On
Master/Enable
Threshold Calibration
6
On
The Load Capacity icon will blink, indicating that the Back-UPS is
in programming mode. Use the POWER button to scroll through
Low, Medium, and High, stop at selected sensitivity. The BackUPS will beep to confirm selection. See Configuration for details.
The leaf icon will darken indicating that the Master Outlet feature is
disabled or illuminate to indicate the Master Outlet feature is
enabled. The Back-UPS will beep once.
While calibrating the threshold setting, the device connected to the
Master Outlet should be turned off or placed in Standby or Sleep
mode. Upon completion, Power-Saving icon will flash 3 and beep
3 times.
Self-Test (manual)
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On
The Back-UPS will perform a test of the internal battery. Note: This
will happen automatically when the Back-UPS is turned ON.
Event Reset
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On
When the Event screen is visible, press and hold DISPLAY, then
press POWER, to clear the utility failure event counter.
Fault Reset
2
Fault
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Back-UPS Pro 900 Installation and Operation
Display
Status Inquiry
Full-Time/PowerSaving mode
Mute
Event Specific
After a fault has been identified, press POWER to remove the
visual indication and return to standby status.
Troubleshooting
Problem
Back-UPS will not switch on.
Possible Cause
The Back-UPS is not connected to utility
power.
The circuit breaker has been tripped.
The internal battery is not connected.
The utility input voltage is out of range.
The Back-UPS does not
Ensure that essential equipment is not
provide power during a utility plugged into a SURGE ONLY outlet.
power outage.
The Back-UPS is operating on The plug has partially pulled out of the wall
battery power, while connected outlet, the wall outlet is no longer receiving
to utility power.
utility power, or the circuit breaker has been
tripped.
The Back-UPS is performing an automatic
self test.
The utility input voltage is out of range, the
frequency is out of range, or the waveform
is distorted.
The Back-UPS does not
Battery Backup outlets may be fully or
provide the expected amount of improperly loaded.
backup time.
The battery was recently discharged due to a
power outage and has not fully recharged.
The battery has reached the end of its useful
life.
The REPLACE BATTERY
The battery has reached the end of its useful
indicator is illuminated.
life.
The OVERLOAD indicator is The equipment connected to the Back-UPS
illuminated.
is drawing more power than the Back-UPS
can provide.
The SYSTEM FAULT indicator is There is an internal fault.
illuminated, all the front panel
indicators are flashing.
Power is not supplied to some
outlets.
Power to the Controlled outlets has
intentionally been turned off.
The Controlled outlets are not The Master Outlet threshold may be
supplying power, even though incorrectly set.
the Master device is not in sleep
mode.
Corrective Action
Ensure that the Back-UPS is securely connected
to an AC outlet.
Disconnect non-essential equipment from the
Back-UPS. Reset the circuit breaker. Re-connect
equipment one item at a time. If the circuit
breaker is tripped again, disconnect the device
that caused the trip.
Connect the battery.
Adjust the transfer voltage and sensitivity range.
Disconnect equipment from the SURGE ONLY
outlet and re-connect to a Battery Backup outlet.
Ensure that the plug is fully inserted into the
wall outlet. Ensure that the wall outlet is
receiving utility power by checking it with
another device.
No action is necessary.
Adjust the transfer voltage and sensitivity range.
Disconnect non-essential equipment from the
Battery Backup outlets and connect the
equipment to SURGE ONLY outlets.
Charge the battery cartridge for 16 hours.
Replace the battery.
Replace the battery.
Disconnect non-essential equipment from the
Battery Backup outlets and connect the
equipment to SURGE ONLY outlets.
Determine which internal fault message is
displayed by matching the number displayed on
the LCD with the corresponding Fault Message
(see System Faults) and contact APC Technical
Support.
Confirm that the correct peripherals are
connected to Controlled outlets. If this feature is
not desired, disable the Power-Saving Master
and Controlled outlets.
Adjust the threshold when the Master outlet
signals the Controlled outlets to shut down.
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Specifications
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Model
BR900G-FR
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900 VA
Maximum Load
540 W
Nominal Input Voltage
230 V
Online Input Voltage Range
176 - 294 V
Automatic Voltage Regulation (188-216) +11.2%
(252-282) -11.2%
Replacement Battery
The battery cartridge typically lasts 3 to 6 years, a shorter
period if subjected to frequent outages or elevated
temperatures. Battery replacement part for Back-UPS Pro 900
is APCRBC123. Please recycle spent battery cartridges.
Service
If the Back-UPS arrived damaged, notify the carrier.
50/60 Hz ± 1 Hz
If the Back-UPS requires service, do not return it to the dealer.
On-battery Waveshape
Step-approximated sine-wave
Typical Recharge Time
8 hours
1. Consult the Troubleshooting section to eliminate common
problems.
Transfer Time
10 ms, maximum
0 to 40C (32 to 104F)
2. If the problem persists, go to http://www.apc.com/support/.
Operating Temperature
Storage Temperature
-15 to 45C (5 to 113F)
Unit Dimensions
25 × 10 × 38.2 cm (9.84 × 3.93 × 15.0 in)
Unit Weight
10.7 kg (23.6 lbs)
Interface
Serial, USB
On-Battery Runtime
Go to: www.apc.com
EMI Classification
CE
Approvals
CE
Frequency Range
3. If the problem still persists, contact APC Technical Support.
Have the Back-UPS model number, serial number and date of
purchase available. Be prepared to troubleshoot the problem
with an APC Technical Support representative.
If this is not successful, APC will issue a Return Merchandise
Authorization (RMA) number and a shipping address.
Warranty
The standard warranty is three (3) years from the date of purchase, valid in European Community. For all other regions, the standard warranty
is two (2) years from the date of purchase. APC’s standard procedure is to replace the original unit with a factory reconditioned unit.
Customers who must have the original unit back due to the assignment of asset tags and set depreciation schedules must declare such a need at
first contact with an APC Technical Support representative. APC will ship the replacement unit once the defective unit has been received by
the repair department, or cross-ship upon the receipt of a valid credit card number. The customer pays for shipping the unit to APC. APC pays
ground freight transportation costs to ship the replacement unit to the customer.
APC Worldwide Customer Support
Internet
http://www.apc.com
Worldwide
+1 888 272-3858
Customer support and warranty information is available at the APC Web site, www.apc.com.
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