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http://www.bomara.com/powervar/power...r-standard.htm

I have a buddy who has the job of going into vacated buildings, like unused offices and whatnot, and removing everything from them to get them ready to be used by the next company to lease them and he found one of these. He gave it to me since I'm his "geek friend" figuring I could use it for my "computer stuff".
I thought it was a battery backup at first, but it's called a Power Conditioner. I tried rubbing it on my hair but it didn't do anything (yuk yuk), and I just put it in the closet not really wanting to chance plugging equipment into it.
Was cleaning out the closet and found it again, so I figured I would ask and see if anyone can explain what it's for?
post #2 of 6
looks like some sort of line conditioner
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So what does it do then? If I can't figure out how to explain to the significant other that this thing is useful to have in the closet then I will have to throw it away. I don't like throwing away things.
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It's exactly what you said it is... a power conditioner, and it does exactly what it says on the tin... it conditions the power. The output is decoupled from the mains input via a transformer, and the resulting output is conditioned/smoothed.

They're handy for audiophiles to eliminate ground loop problems, and to prevent electrical spikes in other electronic equipment.
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So, in layman's terms, it's a beefed up surge protector? It would be beneficial to plug into my ungrounded outlet to protect my computer equipment?
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So, in layman's terms, it's a beefed up surge protector? It would be beneficial to plug into my ungrounded outlet to protect my computer equipment?
Depends how many amps it is, and how many amps you will be drawing
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