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    Yes
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    No
  • 7% (10)
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post #21 of 54
Quote:
Originally Posted by christian_piper View Post
To be fair, a lightening strike would fry most surge protectors.

As for me, yes, I have a UPS that everything runs through. Also, my laptop has a small (but good) dedicated surge protector- I had it when I took my laptop to India (in areas with very bad power) and I kept using it. (just because)

Amazon.com: Tripp Lite TRAVELERC8 Notebook Surge Protector (2) 2-Prong C8 Connectors (820-1130 Joules, Tel/DSL): Electronics
well the concept of a surge protector is to protect, yes, it is lightly lightning with destroy the protector, but it's far easier and less expensive to replace a surge protector than a psu or god forbid other core components
   
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post #22 of 54
Quote:
Originally Posted by Traches View Post
Fuses/circuit breakers protect against a constant high amperage draw that is likely caused by a short circuit or other wiring fault. They won't protect against the short pulse a lighting strike would cause.
are you sure? the very definition of "surge" is an abrupt increase in flow. in addition to what you said, fuses/circuit breakers also protects against such increases, hence the term "blown a fuse" (it regulates "flow")
   
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post #23 of 54
I don't have a surge protector. Should I get one?
post #24 of 54
Not having one is just asking for trouble. A cheap one provides at least some protection and is what, 4.99?
    
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post #25 of 54
I have an extension cord with half a dozen outlets (forgot what they're called)... Is that kinda surge protect-ish?
post #26 of 54
Yes, and a UPS with good noise filtering has been on my list of things I need for quite some time.
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post #27 of 54
I've got one (for my PC) that also happens to be on a powerstrip (multiple plug adapter) that itself has one

Service life is dictated by the type of components used (and design), MOV's (Metal Oxide Varistor) degrade over time but a quality TVSS (Transient Voltage Surge Suppressor) mounted in power distribution panels can last up to 20 years... this is highly likely the type of device 3dfxvoodoo's Dad installed
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post #28 of 54
A clients computer was not and experienced a surge. Mouse, Keyboard, power supply, ram, and processor were dead. Hard drive was ok though
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post #29 of 54
Thread Starter 
They are measured by how much time it takes to cut the power off. For example a slow surge protector may wait 7ms before it can cut the power in a lighting strike. You can easily pass 150v i believe (I can be wrong)


Quote:
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A clients computer was not and experienced a surge. Mouse, Keyboard, power supply, ram, and processor were dead. Hard drive was ok though

Thats lucky..
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post #30 of 54
I have 2 UPS systems. One for the computer itself (900VA), & another for the monitors/external drives (550VA). They give me a nice long window of opportunity to shut down in case of a power outage.

Not running any surge/UPS/line conditioners around here is stupid in the extreme. Entirely too many heavy thunderstorms to even risk it here.
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