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    Old 12-02-2013, 08:19 PM
    Chattzx Chattzx is offline
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    What do you guys use to protect your pc's from power surges, lightning storms, etc. Any specific brand, don't wanna end up frying my new $2500 gaming computer and monitor lol.
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    Old 12-02-2013, 08:24 PM
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    just buy any they are all pretty much the same.
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    Old 12-03-2013, 05:18 PM
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    Just ensure to read the packaging/details and that it is a surge protector & not a power strip.

    A surge protector, while allowing for more sockets, will also cut off excessive loads i.e surge, but shutting off & needing to be reset. A power strip is just a basic, cheaper way of having more sockets, while lacking that cut off protection.
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    Old 12-03-2013, 07:26 PM
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    Most will guaranty equipment up to a certain value connected to them. If your PC costs less than the value on the box the manufacture will pay for a new one if it gets broken by a surge.
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    Old 12-03-2013, 07:36 PM
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    Most will guaranty equipment up to a certain value connected to them. If your PC costs less than the value on the box the manufacture will pay for a new one if it gets broken by a surge.
    they claim they will but have you ever known anyone get money from it? I know one person who had their PC broke by a lightning strike, the surge protector firm refused stating he should of unplugged during the storm, his house insurance paid out for it.

    so I wouldn't rely on what they say they guarantee their main benefit is they will cancel out any smaller surge.
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    Old 12-07-2013, 02:51 AM
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    What do you guys use to protect your pc's from power surges, lightning storms, etc.
    Two completely different devices are both called surge protectors. One located adjacent to appliances claims to protect from a type of surge that typically causes no damage. Other type, connected low impedance (ie 'less than 10 feet') to earth, will protect from all types of surges including lightning.

    Many use the first type, have damage, then assume nothing can protect from lightning. When effective protection has been demonstrated for over 100 years. It means learning about two completely different devices. And unlearning what most are educated by - advertising.

    One 'whole house' protector, rated at least 50,000 amps, means all appliances are protected. Because if your computer needs protection, then so do all clocks, the furnace, GFCIs in the bathroom, dishwasher, and refrigerator.

    Effective protection means you know where hundreds of thousands of joules dissipate. To recommend undersized and adjacent protectors, many simply ignore the numbers. One 'whole house' protector is part of a system that protects everything because it connects to what harmlessly absorbs hundreds of thousands of joules: single point earth ground.

    That is the only component always found in every protection system. Some systems do not even have protectors. But in every case, the effective protection system connects even direct lightning strikes low impedance (ie 'less than 10 feet') to earth. This superior solution also costs tens or more times less money. And is the only solution found in any facility that cannot have damage. Protection means you know where hundreds of thousands of joules dissipate.
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