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Surge Protection Advice?

2008-04-15, 2:23 AM
Hi community! How many of you use surge protectors for your computers? Is your surge protector connected to an extension cord? Do you have any tips on the connection arrangement of electric wires? I want to use a surge protector but my desk is too far away from the outlet. Can I use an extension cord? Should the surge protector or the extension wire first be connected to the wall socket? I am using a grounded extension cord typically found in hardware stores. Is that a good idea? Thanks in advance!

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Re: Surge Protection Advice?

2008-04-15, 18:37 PM
I think you'd be better off with a UPS than a surge protector, because it will give you temporary battery power along with protection against power surges, that's what I always use with my computers.
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Re: Surge Protection Advice?

2008-04-28, 23:46 PM
I use the APC notebook surge protectors.  They attach right before the AC adapter.  They have a lifetime warranty.  I believe belkin also sells a similar type of surge protector.  Make sure you buy the appropriate one as there are TWO types, one with 2 prongs (no ground) and three prongs (ground).

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Re: Surge Protection Advice?

2008-05-03, 6:59 AM
surge protector is good, even a 5 dollar one can prevent a lot of problems in area with poor electric supply... however most cheap surge protector do not protect against direct lightning strike on the power supply pole, if you get a UPS then it would act as surge protector and an emergency power supply when the power goes down... but if you got a laptop then you don't really need a UPS (uninterrupted power supply), a surge protector should be okay... surge protector act as sort insulating device between your equipments and the power that comes to it, so it is as effective on wall plugs as it is effective on the end of extension cords... if your area prone to blackouts and power surges then it maybe wise to get the Belkin surge protectors, which have equipment damage insurance for the lifetime of their product, just in case....
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