PRO-RT® vs. APC - Which UPS is the better value?

Compare Minuteman's PRO-RT UPS to APC's SC1500

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The Minuteman PRO-RT Series UPS offers automatic voltage regulation and versatile configuration options for a range of small to medium load applications.

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  1. APC Comparison
  2. Overview
  3. Features
  4. Models
  5. Accessories
  6. Software
  7. Specifications

a quick comparison of the PRO1500RT and APC's SC1500:

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Online Retail Price* $307.23
Watts 1050
Power Factor 0.7 0.6
Installation Format Rack / Tower / Wall Rack / Tower
LCD Front Panel Yes No
Non Pro-Rated Warranty 3 Years 2 Years
Runtime at
865 Watt Load
15.5 min 7.6 min
Runtime at
433 Watt Load
35 min 20.6 min
Battery Protected Receptacles 6 6
Surge-Only Receptacles 2 0
Comm. Port USB / DB9 DB9
Surge Energy
Rating (joules)
1140 445
SNMP Option Slot Yes No
Battery Output Waveform Simulated Sinewave Simulated Sinewave
Shutdown Software Included Included
*Online retail price based on Google index 09/2013; Advantages appear in bold; Features and specifications based on published material from respective suppliers websites as of 09/2013

PRO-RT Overview

The Ultimate Value Rackmount UPS

The PRO-RT Series is a value-priced, yet feature-rich UPS incorporating line-interactive technology that preserves battery power by providing voltage regulation during voltage sags and/or surges. The PRO-RT Series can be used to support servers, telecom or VoIP systems, security systems, plus many other applications.

An LCD display provides visual notification of power status, including input voltage, frequency, percent of battery charge, estimated runtime, plus many other conditions.

Each PRO-RT model includes Minuteman’s SentryPlus® power management and diagnostic software. When installed on a workstation or server, the user gains complete control over monitoring and managing the UPS using a convenient web browser-based interface. The SentryPlus software communicates via a built-in USB port or through a RS-232 connector on the UPS. In addition, managing the UPS within a Network Management System (NMS) is easy with the installation of an optional SNMP card.

Designed for versatility, the PRO-RT models can be mounted in a standard rack using the included rackmount ears. These ears can also be attached to the unit to allow it to stand as a tower. An optional kit is available for mounting the unit to a wall.


Designed for:

  • Small Rack Systems
  • Desktop/Laptop Workstations
  • Small Key Systems
  • VoIP Handsets
  • Low-power Network Devices

PRO-RT Features

  • LCD Display – Shows UPS operating status
  • Rack/tower installation - (2U rack height) or wall mounting with optional kit
  • Minuteman SentryPlus Software – SentryPlus auto-shutdown and monitoring software is included with every unit.
  • RS-232 and USB Communications – No special USB drivers are required for USB communications. Both units are automatically recognized by Microsoft® Windows® as HID-compliant devices – similar to a mouse or a keyboard.
  • SNMP compatible – Each PRO-RT unit can be managed on a network with the addition of an optional SNMP management card.
  • Fax/Modem/Network Line Protection - The PRO-RT UPS provides a low cost means of protecting fax/modem/network lines.
  • RoHS Compliant – All PRO-RT products are manufactured using non-hazardous materials making them safer for the environment and a green-friendly addition to any data center (Excludes lead acid batteries).
  • Warranty - Each PRO-RT UPS system is covered by a three-year parts and labor warranty and $100,000 Minuteman Platinum Protection Plan® (U.S.A. and Canada only).

PRO1500RT Back View


PRO-RT Online Spec Sheets powered by SizeMyUPS

  • PRO1000RT 1000VA rack/tower or optional wallmount UPS
  • PRO1500RT 1500VA rack/tower or optional wallmount UPS

Additional resources

Communications Accessories

PRO-RT power management via SNMP Communications

Optional SNMP-NET and SNMP-SSL cards allow easy management of UPS without the need of a connected PC or server

Mounting Accessories

Optional mounting brackets

Extended Warranty Plans

5 Full Years of Trouble-free Service - Guaranteed

Minuteman UPSs already ship with the best warranty in the business at 3 years, including non-prorated battery coverage on most products.

Two levels of Extended Warranty Plans are also available on most UPS product lines to provide an additional 2 years of coverage. These plans ensure a full 5 years of trouble-free ownership.


Minuteman SentryPlus™ Monitoring and Control Software

Powerful SentryPlus UPS Monitoring and Control Software Minuteman’s SentryPlus™ UPS monitoring and control software comes included with each PRO-RT UPS unit at no extra charge. SentryPlus is compatible with Windows (7, XP, 2000, Server 2003), Unix and Linux operating systems. With SentryPlus software users can monitor and control any new and previously sold or installed Minuteman UPS products on a connected network from one application session. The ease of installation, ease of use, and backward compatibility makes it the best software of its kind.

SentryPlus Features Include:
  • SNMP/Ethernet compatibility
  • Concurrent monitoring through single or multiple computers via RS-232, USB and Ethernet connections
  • Monitor and control multiple UPS devices from a single application session
  • Perform scheduled shutdowns and restarts
  • Program e-mail, pager or network broadcast of user-defined UPS events
  • Full diagnostic and event reporting
  • Realtime graphical displays of user-defined UPS and utility conditions
  • Record and save graphical event and history logs for future analysis

View complete specifications table in the PRO-RT brochure (PDF)

VA Rating 1000VA 1500VA
Max Output Power 700Watts 1050Watts
Output Receptacles (6) NEMA 5-15R Battery & surge
(2) NEMA 5-15R Surge only
Input Connection 10 ft. Power cord with NEMA 5-15P
Input (non-battery operation)
Voltage Range 90 to 150VAC
Frequency Range 50/60Hz ±5Hz, auto-sensing
AC Leakage Current <1.0mA at full rated non-linear load
Input Protection Resettable circuit breaker
Output (non-battery operation)
Voltage Range 104 to 132VAC
Frequency 50/60Hz ±5Hz
Efficiency (AC-AC) >90% at full rated non-linear load
Output (battery operation)
Voltage 120VAC
Voltage Regulation Nominal ±5% until low battery warning
Frequency 50/60Hz, ±0.5Hz (unless synchronized to utility)
Wave Form Simulated sine wave
Typical Transfer Time 6-10 ms (max 10ms)
Overload Capacity 110% for 10 seconds, 120% shutdown immediately
Protection Over-current, short-circuit protected, and latching shutdown
Estimated Runtimes - Full/Half Load 5 min. / 16 min. 5 min. / 17 min.
Battery System
Hot Swappable Battery Yes
Internal Battery Module BM0043 BM0044
DC Leakage Current <30uA (±10uA) with no AC applied and the unit in the off position
Battery Type Sealed, non-spillable, maintenance-free, valve-regulated lead acid
Surge Protection
Surge Energy rating 1140 joules
Surge Current Capacity 6500 Amps total
Surge Response Time 0-ns (instantaneous) normal mode;
<5ns common mode
Agency Approvals cTUVus (conforms to UL1778, CSA 22.2 standards), CE
EMI/RFI Filtering FCC Part 15 Class B, EN5022, EN61000-6-1, EN61000-6-3, EN61000-4-5
Temperature : Operating (Storage) 0º to +40ºC / +32º to +104ºF
(-15º to +45ºC / +5º to 113ºF)
Humidity: Operating & Storage 0 to 95% non condensing
Elevation: Operating (Storage) 0 to +3,000 m / 0 to +10,000 ft
(0 to +15,000 m / 0 to +50,000 ft)
Weight: Lbs/Kgs  35.1 / 15.9 43.0 / 19.5
Dimensions (H x W x D): Inch/mm 3.5” x 17.3” x 15.7” / 89 x 440 x 398
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