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I still don't know why you guys insist on arguing with westom. Actually, I don't know why you guys insist on even talking to him.

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I spent a ton of time looking into surge protectors, and honstly, this is what I got out of it:

* Get a whole house protector. It's far and away better than a surge protector, and will actually protect your stuff. Not just your stuff, but everything in the house. You can get one for like $50, just throw it on your circuit box.

* Then, get a surge protector for additional protection, not necessary but if you want additional protection (whole house is more for high end spikes, surge protectors for the many small spikes you get that dont blow anything but damage them). You have 2 choices,

A) The cheapest surge protector from lowes, a utilitech. Some protection offered, but mainly for the insurance you get these, as they DO pay out, unlike most surge protectors (even tripplite and belkin dont always pay out).

B) Tripplite IsoBars. Basically, every socket is it's own surge protector, and it uses good quality parts.

Personally, Id prefer a crappy surge protector, but one that you can guarantee insurance on in case of damage and you can file a claim easily.
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Well, I'd rather have a quality unit protecting my precious sig rig.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Belial View Post

I spent a ton of time looking into surge protectors, and honstly, this is what I got out of it:.
Two often overlooked and critical points. And a third misconception.

First, a protector must be sized to not fail. A minimal one is at least 50,000 amps.

Second, no protector is doing protection. Protection is where hundreds of thousands of joules harmlessly dissipate. Some protection 'systems' have no protector. But critically important is what always exists in every protection system: single point earth ground.

Third, that insurance has numerous exemptions. Many have suffered major damage. Then discovered the fine print. Warranty will only replace something inexpensive such as the protector. And only if you follow directions carefully.

Protector is simple science. Is sized to remain functional after many surges. Protection is the art. Is defined effective for each surge. And often forgetten since rarely observed. Most attention should focus on the "art" - single point earth ground. A protector is only as effective as its earth ground - the art of protection.
Edited by westom - 3/3/14 at 11:37pm
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