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A lot of the APC branded UPS's I've seen with stickers on the front advertising "Up to $20,000 equipment replacement if failure deemed to be this UPS"
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Originally Posted by blupupher View Post
Walmart is fine. As said, a basic power surge protected strip (make sure your getting a surge protector strip, not just a power strip) will work. It just adds a bit of protection to your system.
My surge protector actually covers up to $50,000 and it only costs $12 (when I bought it) at Walmart. I just feel safer using it.
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post #32 of 42
I have my stuff on a surge protector. It's just a circuit board with an inductor and a bunch of MOVs on it, and the power strip bit. I have no illusions about its capability to deal with any surge greater than that of switching on and off large household appliances, and my computer's PSU could probably handle just as much of that.
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The only reason I use a surge protector is for the extra plugs. If I had the extra wall receptacles in the space i needed them, I would plug everything directly to them.
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The important part of the protection supplied by a surge protector strip is not for the computer itself (assuming you have a good PSU), it's for everything else. Most peripherals have pretty awful power supplies, and a big spike can go through the device and straight into your motherboard and kill things on the way.
If you have everything in your rig on a surge protector, then it will limit that trouble a LOT and possibly save you from real damage.
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post #35 of 42
My surge protector has insurance to protect anything plugged in, but it caps off at $10,000 dollars. It was $20 and gives me 7 plugs and why risk it, also i got a UPS for my home server and router (hate when the power goes out for like 2 seconds, so thats why i got one)
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post #36 of 42
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The important part of the protection supplied by a surge protector strip is not for the computer itself (assuming you have a good PSU), it's for everything else. Most peripherals have pretty awful power supplies, and a big spike can go through the device and straight into your motherboard and kill things on the way.
If you have everything in your rig on a surge protector, then it will limit that trouble a LOT and possibly save you from real damage.
This, and note larger home theator systems in a box, are very popular with the kids/kids at heart, and these things have pretty unreliable rectifiers... couple that with a direct plug into your audio device, or on board audio and there ya go...

Not to mention a good strip will help you get a common ground on all your loot... cant hurt?
 
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post #37 of 42
Well i do know if you buy a extremely expensive surge protector they have a HUGE warranty coverage and i don't know about cheaper ones but they do offer protection and warranty also but i don't know if they live up to meet their promise! But hey you're gonna need it. I seen Tiger Direct and NewEgg sell really decent protective and energy usage surges. Will come in handy for ya by summer since we might get hit by a lot of thunderstorms especially if you're living in California area which i don't. Remember the article where scientists say that California is gonna get hit by a superstorm? think about it.
post #38 of 42
If your worried about Lightning striking your house and hitting your computer I think you should be looking into a better Breaker Box for your entire house electrics. If lightning comes from your wall plug a $5 powerstrip isn't going to do much.
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post #39 of 42
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Google "clamping voltage".
Think, the rating on your PSU is likely 115-130v USA. Suppose a spike comes through your house at 150v. A power strip would limit the voltage to the upper end of 130v instead of sending a full 150v to your PSU.
I just did.

Apparently UL defines several levels of clamping voltage. The lowest one is 330V.

I tried checking specs but a lot of them don't list it. Tripp Lite does, and lists clamping voltage at 150V for a few of their products (the ones I checked). This means anything below that, it lets through. Shouldn't be a problem with any decent PSU since APFC allows them to operate through 240V. Heck, if you get a minor surge your PSU will temporarily be operating more efficiently.

Regarding the equipment insurance that some companies advertise with their products, read the fine print. While some people have had luck collecting on it, I'd be willing to bet that most people magically end up not eligible.

As for myself, my home server gets a UPS that has built in line conditioning and my main rig gets a line conditioner. Everything else gets random surge strips. HOWEVER, I don't obsess about having protection on everything, so if I have to plug straight into a wall for whatever reason, I'll do so without a second thought. Primarily I use strips because I have too much stuff that I need to plug in.

Also, think about this for a moment. How many of you have notebook computers? When you need to use it and your battery is dead, would you refuse to plug into an unprotected wall socket?
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Well, using the reasoning that someone did earlier, I'd rather replace a surge protector than all my kid. I've got only 1 power socket in my room and everything runs off it. So as we're talking about £6000 worth of stuff, I thought it prudent to have a surge protector with Amperage meter on it coming from the wall. This makes sure I don't overload the socket. Then coming from that, I have a power conditioner/surge protector with all my more expensive bits of kit on it. (PC, Amp, TV and Sub)

Truth be told, I know that all the protection in the world won't stop a lightning strike. But I know that anything that happens on the power grid won't damage my stuff.
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