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post #11 of 18
a decent surge protector will handle it, but not those cheap 3 way adapters
    
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post #12 of 18
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thanks, so the adapter plugs are just good for the monitors and i should use a seperate kettle plug for the pc itself then
Edited by megaspeed2 - 7/23/11 at 9:19am
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post #13 of 18
Also, all adapters aside, it's not just how much power you are drawing from a single outlet. It's how much power are you drawing through a single circuit breaker.

Sometimes there can be several outlets and lighting fixtures from more than a single room wired through a single circuit breaker. I call that shoddy electrical work, but I've seen it. When I used to live at home my Mother would sometimes trip the breaker for my room when she turned on the vacuum from the outlet right outside of my room (I had 2 puters, a tv, and an air conditioner running in my room).
post #14 of 18
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We have scrapped the idea of using adapters to put 3-1 plugs for our pc screens now because it turns out the two Belkin AV Home Cinema Surge Protectors have enough plugs for all our stuff, each one has 8 sockets in them so 16 in total, but right now both of those surge protectors leads are plugged into a none surge protected extension lead to reach the wall outlet on the other side of the room, this is just until we get a new wall outlet put in the wall so the surge protectors have one plug each.

a problem i've noticed now is that when we turn on everything the plug makes a spark noise for half a second and after a while of use the plug gets warm (not very, just warm enough to feel it) is it ok that the plug gets slightly warm like this? the extension lead has a thick cable on it which doesnt get warm at all.
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post #15 of 18
To reiterate what previous posters have said:

If you're in the United States, we run 120v power in our walls. Most ordinary ROOMS are switched at 15 amps. Just because you plug it in on the other side of the room doesn't NECESSARILY mean you're on a different breaker. So keep that in mind that you have about 1600 watts to work with. So...if you're both running 800watt computers at full capacity with a TV or something, yeah that's probably too much. Just calculate the amps that everything draws and add them up. And make sure you're not very close to 1500-1600 watts
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post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by megaspeed2 View Post
We have scrapped the idea of using adapters to put 3-1 plugs for our pc screens now because it turns out the two Belkin AV Home Cinema Surge Protectors have enough plugs for all our stuff, each one has 8 sockets in them so 16 in total, but right now both of those surge protectors leads are plugged into a none surge protected extension lead to reach the wall outlet on the other side of the room, this is just until we get a new wall outlet put in the wall so the surge protectors have one plug each.

a problem i've noticed now is that when we turn on everything the plug makes a spark noise for half a second and after a while of use the plug gets warm (not very, just warm enough to feel it) is it ok that the plug gets slightly warm like this? the extension lead has a thick cable on it which doesnt get warm at all.
Well with that much current going through it, it BETTER get warm! It's got quite a bit of power in the lines and warm is certainly a possiblity
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post #17 of 18
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Well with that much current going through it, it BETTER get warm! It's got quite a bit of power in the lines and warm is certainly a possiblity
i mean is it ok for the plug to be warm, ive never had a plug heat up before so i dunno
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post #18 of 18
Fine as long as your breakers don't trip.

My vaccum plug get's warm too, so i'm sure its normal.
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