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post #1 of 15
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I just moved to another country (argentina) and I had to get rid of my no-break I used to have because it doesn't work here, where the current is now 50hz.

Should I plug my truepower quattro 850w direct to the wall outlet or to some kind of stabilizer or no-break?


The only thing I'm worried about is the safety of my PSU and everything connected to it, I don't wanna see anything burning or bricking after a power loss, as for the no-break feature of not losing my work, I don't care, I used to have a no break because my father gave it to me after he bought a better one because he needs them.
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Temporarily go for it. My recommendation would be go to the closest electronics store and buy a surge protector asap.
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Temporarily go for it. My recommendation would be go to the closest electronics store and buy a surge protector asap.
now my problem is with english here, because we simply don't learn about surge protectors in any kind of english lessons...

anyways, would a surge protector be the same thing as a stabilizer? (stabilizer is my direct traduction to something people are mentioning as being a bad thing for good PSUs)


here is a "stabilizer":


is is the same thing as a surge protector? (by the pictures, I guess it's not)

How expensive is a good surge protector? What should I look for when buying: any will get the job done?
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ya i would never run my comp without a surge protector, at least for extended periods of time.
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Originally Posted by EduFurtado View Post
now my problem is with english here, because we simply don't learn about surge protectors in any kind of english lessons...

anyways, would a surge protector be the same thing as a stabilizer? (stabilizer is my direct traduction to something people are mentioning as being a bad thing for good PSUs)


here is a "stabilizer":


is is the same thing as a surge protector? (by the pictures, I guess it's not)

How expensive is a good surge protector? What should I look for when buying: any will get the job done?

Got my own answer

Found a translation to surge protector and now everything is clean in my mind.

post #6 of 15
Translation:

UPS aka Uninterruptible Power Source = "no-break"
Line conditioner = "stabilizer"
Surge protector aka power strip = ???



^^^ Surge protector.
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Originally Posted by EduFurtado View Post
Got my own answer

Found a translation to surge protector and now everything is clean in my mind.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
Translation:

UPS aka Uninterruptible Power Source = "no-break"
Line conditioner = "stabilizer"
Surge protector aka power strip = ???



^^^ Surge protector.

Thanks.. I was wondering when would you come to post a reply in my thread



Now I need to find out how they call surge protectors in spanish so I can properly buy one in a store, instead of a simple power strip
post #8 of 15
Don't spend more than ~US$30 on a surge protector, since all surge protectors that cost less than ~US$100 use the same type of surge protection, that is a couple of metal oxide varistors (MOV) in series, which absorb voltage spikes. There's very little difference between a $30 surge protector and a $100 one, except maybe some higher rated MOVs in the more expensive one.

Over $100, you start seeing other protection schemes that are more complex and effective.
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
Don't spend more than ~US$30 on a surge protector, since all surge protectors that cost less than ~US$100 use the same type of surge protection, that is a couple of metal oxide varistors (MOV) in series, which absorb voltage spikes. There's very little difference between a $30 surge protector and a $100 one, except maybe some higher rated MOVs in the more expensive one.

Over $100, you start seeing other protection schemes that are more complex and effective.
Thanks.
Any chance you speak a bit of spanish to give me a final word on this case?

My spanish is nowhere near perfect yet, so I'm not sure.

Anyways, looks like what I want/need is a "PROTECTOR DE SOBRETENSIÓN", con múltiples enchufes (with many outlets)
post #10 of 15
That sounds about right there EduFutardo, that sounds like a surge protector to me.
Alternate translations care of Websters:
protector de sobretensión (overvoltage protector, surge protector),
dispositivo de protección contra descargas (surge protector),
ver abajo (attapulgus clay, cyberspace, a bird strike, a near-miss, a very queer and boiled and misty pale eye),
protector de sobrecarga (surge protector),
eliminador de picos (surge protector),
arrestor de sobrepico (surge protector).
If it has a german label on it, look for "Ãœberspannungsschutz"
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