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APC® UTS10BI 10 Circuit Universal Transfer Switch

APC® UTS10BI 10 Circuit Universal Transfer Switch

Item: IM1N14247    Model: UTS10BI

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  • Size: 595 mm(H) x 394 mm(W) x 84 mm(D)
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  • Connections: IEC 320-C14, NEMA L14-30P
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Size: 595 mm(H) x 394 mm(W) x 84 mm(D)BlackConnections: IEC 320-C14, NEMA L14-30PEachAPC® UTS10BI 10 Circuit Universal Transfer SwitchSize: 595 mm(H) x 394 mm(W) x 84 mm(D)BlackConnections: IEC 320-C14, NEMA L14-30PAPC® UTS10BI 10 Circuit Universal Transfer Switch613.99USDhttp://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0702040_sc7?$std$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0702040_sc7?$thb$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0702040/APC-UTS10BI-10-Circuit-Universal-Transfer-Switch/product_IM1N14247
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APC® UTS10BI 10 Circuit Universal Transfer Switch
 
4.4

(based on 7 reviews)

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4.0

Great. Thumbs up.

By Whatever4u

from Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Abaco, the Bahamas

Comments about APC® UTS10BI 10 Circuit Universal Transfer Switch:

I installed this unit in a small cottage in the out islands of the Bahamas about one year ago where outages, brownouts and spikes, occur almost daily. It is coupled to a Honda 6500is generator permanently mounted in a separate powerhouse. Because of the frequency of need and the fact that my wife is there many times without me it is imperative that I have an autostart feature. Through Google research I found a PDF doc published by APC offering an autostart kit. However, when discussing this with APC techs and dealers no one seemed to know anything about it. Finally, a dealer's shop manager in Vermont became interested and helped me research it. We found that on the top right corner inside the panel is a five pin male connector and directly above it a knock out (which mated perfectly to the graphics in the kit shown in the APC published PDF). When I went back to APC with this find, they finally conceded that the feature is in fact built into the unit. However, when Honda saw it they nixed the idea - because the switch is designed for portable generator use and this feature could be really dangerous if a user left the feature connected and brought the generator back indoors. So, $2.15 later I had a five pin female connector that receives the wires from a standard Honda hard wire remote - simply clip the box off the remote, wire to the switch and plug into to the existing remote connector on the generator. In setup mode I elected for a 30 seconds delay for autostart after grid power failure and a 5 minute cool down runtime for the genset upon return of grid power. During the 30 second delay period no electronics are affected since the internet, VOIP phone, TV, Bose and Sat TV receiver are all on the provided UPS circuit. The system works flawlessly. My only complaint is that APC elected to use internal fuses rather than breakers. They are antiquated and a pain to change -as already stated by others. I did replace the 15A fuses with 20A but it is still a frequent problem because the 20A fuse seems to always blow before a 15A breaker - nothing worse that removing the panel face at 2am to replace a fuse. Besides, it just makes no sense to design a very slick little high tech digital system then use 100 year overload technology - dah! Lastly, the load sharing is what makes this panel so awesome. Though our place is small, it has all the modern conveniences and necessities - and this unit coupled with the Honda 6500is runs everything (except water heater - remember only 1 - 220 circuit) - without even breathing hard with a fuel burn of about 1/3 GPH. A big deal when fuel where fuel is above $6.00/gal! Overall, I say that this is one super slick little system. When I go to neighboring homes in the islands and see their huge boxes full of WWII solenoids I smile.

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5.0

Perfect !

By Alezis

from St-Sauveur, Quebec

Comments about APC® UTS10BI 10 Circuit Universal Transfer Switch:

Installed this 10 circuit transfer switch with an Aurora 6500w diesel generator and it works like a charm. We can power the whole house with lighting, the well pump (1hp on circuit 9 and 10) and electronics like TVs, dvr, computer, modem and router. The addition of a UPS is a must if you want the full functionality. That circuit is tied to the electronics in the familiy room which also power the backyard exterior ilghts, perfect to turn on the generator at night. Great product. No need to manually switch back from generator to utility. When power is restored, just shutdown the generator and power come back to the house.

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4.0

Pretty Decent

By Irwin

from Enfield, New Hampshire

Comments about APC® UTS10BI 10 Circuit Universal Transfer Switch:

All in all, this is a pretty slick transfer switch for the money. Easy to install, the wizard is decent with programming assistance and so far it works exactly as intended. The load shedding feature was by far the biggest perk for my situation. My generator is a Honda EM5000, which only leaves me with 4500 watts of usable power. My big ticket items were the hot water heater (my 240 circuit), furnace and microwave. With the hot water heater and furnace running, I'm around 4200 watts of connected load. If the microwave is needed, the peace of mind knowing the transfer switch will drop the hot water heater temporarily to let the microwave run (and then bring it back on after the micro is done) is fantastic. I don't have to worry about overloading the generator and losing all of my circuits as a result of the overload. I thought the 2nd backup source option sounded good on paper, but once I got it all installed, I found myself ordering a small UPS (APC Back-UPS Pro 1500, BR1500G) to complete the package. I had misread the documentation and thought you could only backup a single circuit off the UPS. Well thats not the case, as you can backup any circuit except #1, which feeds the UPS and #9&10, as they're the 240v circuit. It's really a great option, as my living room (where the TV and computer live, aka "sensitive equipment"), master bedroom and both bathrooms have now been set to "uninterruptible". Not only will this protect my sensitive/expensive devices from surges or brown outs, but if/when the power goes out, they'll stay on until I get the generator fired up. Run time isn't huge with the TV and PC on simultaneously, but it leaves enough lights on to navigate the house and just enough time to run outside and get the generator fired up. There are a few bummers though. #1: Fuses. I'd prefer breakers. The other bummer on the fuse situation is all the circuits come with 15 amp fuses (#9 & #10 are 20 amp for the 240V circuit though). Swapping them out isn't hard, but it was a slight hassle and they're not the cheapest fuses on the block. #2: The 1' pre-made whip to wire into the main panel. A 2' or 3' whip would have leveraged better mounting options. #3: The hardwire kit isn't included. I think it should be standard, or at least provide a knockout cover so you can remove the 30A twist lock receptacle. Standard knockout sizes didn't fit either, making it even more annoying. #4: Transition from backup source #1 back to utility isn't seamless. It will drop the load for a short period of time going from generator back to utility. The circuits fed via the UPS and that are set to uninterruptible won't drop, but it would be a bonus if nothing dropped when utility power is available again. All in all, its a great little transfer switch. It offers features that other transfer switches in the same price range don't. Easy to install, easy to program and so far it's been issue free. I'd definitely recommend it.

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4.0

Get rid of the fuses

By Chris

from Maine

Comments about APC® UTS10BI 10 Circuit Universal Transfer Switch:

This unit works very well and is at a good price point for the function. My issue is the Expensive fuses that blow and require the panel front to be removed for replacement. A 20 amp fuse will blow before a 15 amp breaker trips that supports the circuit. Poor design. Even the manual transfer switches use circuit breakers. Fix the fuses and you have a winner of a product. With a 1500VA Smart UPS we are able to power all the house ceiling lights so we can see our way to connecting the backup generator. The tranfer back to utility power is flawless. APC is missing the boat by not having this product in wider distribution. The Honda brochure is the only place I have seen it advertised.

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4.0

Preliminary review

By Maqrk

from Michigan

Comments about APC® UTS10BI 10 Circuit Universal Transfer Switch:

Most excellent and professional looking design. Haven't installed yet but can provide some other observations. I would be nice to have a second 240v circuit. I might prefer thermal circuit breakers instead of fuses, but fuses are ok. The big issue I see is that there isn't a master off switch. I would think that if the unit can be turned completely off (totally passive mode) and still pass utility power would be ideal. Such a unit might even be an "Energy Star". After all, I'm 99.9% on utility power, except when things might get bad.

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