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So I've got one surge hooked up to everything in my rig right now, but I'm constantly running out of power plugs(3 monitors, power supply, headphones wireless transmitter, laptop charger). Would it be a bad idea to buy another surge protector and plug it in to a slot on a different surge protector for more power plugs? The other plug on the wall is being used by yet ANOTHER surge protector for the TV, router, modem, DVD player, cable box).

My only worry is that the surge protector plugged into the surge protector will draw so much power that coupled with the power it's drawing and the power drawn from the original surge's plugs it wil be too much for the first protector and knock out all the stuff on it.
    
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Sounds like you are pulling quite a bit of power from one outlet. I'd make sure you wont pop a circuit breaker first. Some surge protectors also say their capacity on them
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It's a bit of a fire hazard, especially with lots of high draw devices. I do it occasionally, but only if the second strip is just going to have like phone chargers on it. Big stuff like computers, monitors, printers? Nuh-uh.
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It's a bit of a fire hazard, especially with lots of high draw devices. I do it occasionally, but only if the second strip is just going to have like phone chargers on it. Big stuff like computers, monitors, printers? Nuh-uh.
So I should just buy a strip with like 12 plugs on it? Just wondering with some planned rig upgrades, would drawing ~1300w with a surge protector from one outlet affect an average apartment? Thanks!
    
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Its against the law in some states, well atleast thats what i hear. Yearly fire inspections at my school they look for that.
    
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So I should just buy a strip with like 12 plugs on it? Just wondering with some planned rig upgrades, would drawing ~1300w with a surge protector from one outlet affect an average apartment? Thanks!
I would assume you have 15A breakers, and 15A*110V = 1650W and that is not to only one outlet. That is generally spread across a portion of the building, so in your case it may be a couple outlets, or maybe a couple outlets and some light fixtures

Either way, pulling that much wattage through one outlet can be sketchy unless you are familiar with the wiring of the building
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There should be standards as to how the circuit breaker is sized for a certain application.
For example, a room have a ring circuit of 10x13A switched socket outlets should have a breaker that is can handle 100% full load on all the outlets.

Additional circuits have only a 40% capacity I'd think.
Not so sure about how it is in the US, my syllabus currently covers mostly B.S. material so it's all UK stuff.
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