American Power Conversion Announces New Next Generation SurgeArrest® Product Line

Unique Featured Surge Protection Line Offers Competitively Priced Surge Units Ranging from $9.99 to $39.99 for a Variety of Users

WEST KINGSTON, R.I. - September 3, 2003 - American Power Conversion (APC) announced today the newly redesigned SurgeArrest line to provide high -quality power protection for the home, home office, and business. The new SurgeArrest line offers reliable protection for sensitive electronics from the dangers of power surges, spikes, and lightning. The line includes three new series: the Essential, Home/Office, and a more advanced Performance series that offer a unique design and enhanced features. The enhanced features include an increased number of outlets, data line protection, longer cords, and innovative safety features all at a highly competitive price for a variety of users.


"Sensitive electronics for the home and office are constantly at risk for power problems and disturbances. Consumers understand the need for reliable power protection and are looking for high -quality solutions to protect their PC components and electronic equipment," said Joe Loberti, general manager, APC Consumer Network Solutions Group. "The new SurgeArrest line is a complete offering of surge protection solutions for home and business consumers that offer a combination of reliable performance, unique safety, and convenient features in a cutting edge product design, all at a very competitive price"

Unique features of APC's new Performance and Home/Office SurgeArrest line include plug activated safety shutters that protect users from accidental contact with unused outlets; a removable cord management guide, which helps to keep cords neat and organized; and a 180 -degree rotating cord with strain relief offers flexibility in positioning the SurgeArrest unit and in routing the power cord.

The new Performance series is the most feature rich surge protector in the product line. It offers guaranteed protection for high performance PCs and electronics such as copiers, fax machines, and telephone systems. In addition to the new safety and convenience features, these units have eleven power outlets with six transformer blocked spaced outlets and three of these are always on for electronics requiring constant power, a ten foot power cord, an overload LED indicator illuminates when connected equipment draws more power than the unit's capacity, DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) and cable modem protection, and two line telephone protection with a built -in splitter that is compatible with DSL. One model also offers Ethernet network lines (10BaseT and100BaseT). The Performance series has a lifetime product warranty, data recovery warranty, and $100,000 lifetime equipment protection policy (EPP).

The new Home/Office SurgeArrest series offers value solutions that provide reliable power protection for the home and office environment including PCs, audio and video equipment, modems, and scanners. There are eight power outlets with four transformer block spaced outlets with two that are always on, an eight -foot power cord, and telephone line protection. One unit offers coaxial protection to safeguard cable modems, TVs, and VCRs from damaging surges and spikes. The Home/Office series has a lifetime product warranty, data recovery warranty, and $75,000 lifetime EPP.

The new Essential SurgeArrest series offers surge protection for PCs and home electronics such as DVD players, VCRs, and more. The units have seven power outlets, four or six foot power cord, safety caps, and one model also offers telephone line surge protection. The Essential series has a lifetime product warranty and $25,000 lifetime EPP.

APC's new SurgeArrest series are currently available in North America and the estimated resale price ranges from $9.99 to $39.99. For more information about APC and other innovative power protection solutions please call 800.877.4080 or visit APC's website at www.apc.com

About American Power Conversion
Founded in 1981, American Power Conversion (Nasdaq: APCC) (APC) is a leading provider of global, end -to -end infrastructure availability solutions. APC's comprehensive products and services offering, which is designed for both home and corporate environments, improves the availability, manageability and performance of sensitive electronic, network, communication and industrial equipment of all sizes. APC, which is headquartered in West Kingston, Rhode Island, reported sales of $1.3 billion for the year ended December 31, 2002 and is a Fortune 1000, Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500 Company.
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For more information contact:
Media:
Juli Dexter, APC senior media relations manager, 800 -788 -2208 ext. 2373, juli.dexter@apcc.com
Ron Seredian, APC senior media relations manager, 661 -259 -7799
ron.seredian@apcc.com
Aimee Leclerc, APC media relations manager, 800 -788 -2208 ext. 2137, aimee.leclerc@apcc.com


Investors:
Debbie Hancock, APC investor relations director, 800 -788 -2208, ext. 2994, debbie.hancock@apcc.com

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