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Is it a good investment to buy a power conditioner to protect PC, audio equiptment etc.. Or is it just snake oil?
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Originally Posted by WiLd FyeR View Post

Is it a good investment to buy a power conditioner to protect PC, audio equiptment etc.. Or is it just snake oil?
You're a little confused. Power conditioners don't protect anything. They just "condition" the power so that there is constant current. Line conditioner

I think what you want is a power strip with surge protection. Whether you need one or not is a personal choice. And, as you note, there are various degrees of protection available. From "snake oi" to very effective. If you decide you need one then get one with the highest Joule rating you can afford.
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Yes and No, it depends, I have unreliable power and it has killed 1 TV, 1 Alarm System, and 2 of my computers. I got a nice little ~$400 Lite-On rack mount unit. During the summer time the thing is always flickering on those really hot days.
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