APC Battery Backup Instructions

by Aaron Ratliff
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An APC battery backup device is designed to protect your electronic devices against power surges and failures. With these systems, your devices can be turned off properly when a power outage occurs, preventing harmful system crashes from occurring. Installing your APC unit properly ensures that your equipment is protected from both of these common hazards.

Step 1

Remove your APC unit from its box and place it in a proper location that is free from direct sunlight and excessive heat.

Step 2

Connect your electrical devices to the unit. Make sure that the computer and monitor are plugged into the outlets labeled "Surge Protection/Battery Backup."

Step 3

Run a phone cord from the wall outlet to the "Phone In" outlet on the unit. Run a phone cord from the "Phone Out" outlet on your unit to your telephone.

Step 4

Plug in your APC unit and power it on.

Step 5

Plug the USB cable that was included with your APC device into your computer. Connect the opposing end into the "Data Port" outlet on the APC unit.

Insert the CD that was included with your APC device into your computer's CD-ROM drive. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the APC device software.


  • Do not plug the USB cable included with your APC unit into a USB hub. It must be connected directly to a USB port on your computer.
  • Do not plug a printer into the "Surge Protection/Battery Backup" outlets. Doing so severely reduces the backup battery's life, and results in poor performance.


  • The batteries of ACP units are only partially charged when you install them. Allow yours to charge for a minimum of eight hours before relying on it for battery backup protection.

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About the Author

Based in Asheville, N.C., Aaron Ratliff started writing as a journalist for his hometown radio station in 1997. He is currently a North Carolina licensed Emergency Medical Technician and a certified personal trainer. Ratliff is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health promotion at Appalachian State University.

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