APC UPS that is Mac Compatible?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Gmouse, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. Gmouse macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2014
    Lakewood, CO
    I have an APC Back-UPS Pro BR1500G (1500 VA), but, APC doesn't seem to have MacOS software to use with it (granted the iMac seems to work with it, but, don't have any console or stats available). Is there either an APC UPS with MacOS software, or a different vendor that has software for MacOS?
  2. macross87 macrumors member


    Oct 6, 2017
    Maybe this will help. Unfortunately, all it will do is give you time to save your data and safely shutdown. Unless you have gobs of runtime, which you should if you don't have a high load, it's usefulness is limited to a loss of utility with no repair in sight.

  3. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    I have an APC that, when connected, shows in macOS System Preferences with a UPS tab and allows me to adjust settings for the Mac (computer sleep, display sleep, several shutdown options based on UPS battery status or time on battery) for when the battery reports it's no longer receiving power from the wall.

    According to my Mini it is an APC Back-UPS RS 1500G. This model (actually, looks like it might be the same model the OP indicates)lAmazon.com: APC Back-UPS Pro 1500VA UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector (BR1500G): Home Audio & Theater
  4. wlossw macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2012
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Make sure it’s a pure sine wave ups, or you may damage the power supply.
  5. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    I was under the impression that stepped was OK with modern Mac devices and hard drives? I use a BR1000G, which is modified sine wave (and has voltage regulation). For only rare power outages, is modified safe?
  6. wlossw macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2012
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    I just bought a 2017 iMac, and a apc ups with modified sine wave.
    Both the iMac and Thunderbolt Display made a strange buzzing when running on battery. A cyber power pure sine wave ups arrived 2 days later and solved that problem.
  7. kschendel macrumors 65816

    Dec 9, 2014
    Modified sine is perfectly safe. Yes, it may buzz, and no, I probably wouldn't want to run it that way for hours or days. For a 15 minute outage, you're not going to damage anything with modified sine. I've owned APC for years without issue.

    I have no quarrel with the pure sine units, if you want to pay the (smallish) premium for them, feel free.
  8. cynics, Oct 13, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2017

    cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    There is a standard UPS's use to communicate. You shouldn't need any additional software, actually you should avoid it. This is how devices that you can't download proprietary software can still use a UPS and safely shut down (like a NAS for example).

    First make sure the data cable is connected to the UPS and into a functional USB port of the Mac. This is sometimes a odd cable (like RJ45 to USB).

    Technically that is all that needs to be done. Going to System Preferences > Energy Saver you should see tabs at the top, one for Power the other for UPS. Clicking on UPS gives you all your some display options and shut down options at the bottom.

    Screen Shot 2017-10-14 at 12.20.37 AM.png

    Screen Shot 2017-10-14 at 12.20.45 AM.png

    Notice how it sees the model number of the UPS.

    If the data cable is plugged into the UPS and Macs USB but you aren't seeing the UPS tab then open terminal and type

    system_profiler SPUSBDataType

    You can also goto the Apple icon at the top left > About this Mac > System Report > USB

    One of the USB's should report something like this.

    Screen Shot 2017-10-14 at 12.13.03 AM.png

    If not you need verify the cable is working and the USB port being used is working.

Share This Page

7 October 8, 2017