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Old 12-07-2010, 04:19 AM   #1
 
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Today I was reminded to not cheap out on 20 bucks for a surge protector, due to the a power outage most of my neighbors and friends, electronics have been friend to crisp, the power company offered to fix them, but still...
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:23 PM   #2
 
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I actually own a ups for a few of my more sensitive hardware like the server I run, needles to say all of my equipment is plugged into a strip with surge protection, it would be kind of stupid to not buy one since they are so cheap.
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Remember that the power strips you can buy for $20 or $30 will NOT protect your equipment from direct lightning strikes, or dangerous over/under voltages. Surge protectors use a sacrificial MOV that is only effective for brief, extreme voltage transients. It's better than nothing of course, but for very expensive equipment, spend the money.
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Of course a UPS is also recommended, but some homes don't even have a simple things like a surge protected power strip, there are also common sense things like shutting off sensitivity equipment when there are lightning storms in the area.
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:05 PM   #5
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I use surge protectors, because I found they work. At least to a point. I had all my computer stuff plugged into a surge protector. One day, after a storm the night before, my computer wouldn't boot up. I started checking things. It turned out that the surge protector got fried. It didn't pop the breaker on the strip, like I thought it would. It destroyed the strip. But all my computer gear was saved! When I plugged everything into another strip, everything worked fine.
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Thank you for this, I am going to plug my computer into a surge protector now. I plugged it in when I first set it up and didn't give it a second thought. Very sensible.
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Well if you are into computers most high end power supplies have certain safe guards to not let your motherboard and other components get fried, but they cost over 100 bucks, so I'm guessing you don't want them fried either.
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I went one step further and have a UPS, it protects against surges and if the power fails will allow me 5 minutes to shut my computer down gracefully. Best $100 I have ever spent!
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Surges happen all the time around here, one of my computers got fried because of it so now I have protectors all over the house and ensure that any computer I get has one.
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The power supply of my pc has protection against surges, the only problem is that the psu also cost a hefty sum so I have my howl rig on a ups.
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