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#2306237 - Yesterday at 12:01 AM Surge protection?
TX-Bluebonnet Offline
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Registered: 06/15/14
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Loc: Central Texas
A thunderstorm is passing through my area right now. It's making me think I should perhaps buy a surge protector for my DP. The only thing is that I don't know what to look for. Any suggestions? My computer isn't protected either, so one unit that could handle both would be ideal.


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#2306265 - Yesterday at 01:43 AM Re: Surge protection? [Re: TX-Bluebonnet]
Charles Cohen Online   content
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Registered: 12/26/12
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If you can afford it, a UPS (uninterruptable power supply) is probably your best bet. They're available at Costco (I think).

APC is a good brand.

Get one with enough capacity to handle both the DP and the computer.

. Charles

PS -- and when a thunderstorm comes through, your best bet is to unplug everything, UPS or no UPS.

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#2306274 - Yesterday at 03:05 AM Re: Surge protection? [Re: TX-Bluebonnet]
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Registered: 09/24/09
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Loc: North Carolina
Get a supplemental rider on your homeowner's insurance (or renter's insurance). It's much cheaper than a UPS, and much more effective.

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#2306345 - Yesterday at 08:39 AM Re: Surge protection? [Re: TX-Bluebonnet]
Morodiene Online   content
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Registered: 04/06/07
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Loc: Boynton Beach, FL
We have UPSes on all our computers in FL because power outages are quite common there. It has been so helpful to not have everything shut off unexpectedly! This is the one I have:
http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/APC-Back-UPS-650-UPS-390-Watt-650-VA/2521885.aspx?cm_cat=GoogleBase&cm_ite=2521885&cm_pla=NA-NA-AME_BA&cm_ven=ShoppingFeeds&ef_id=U9D9bgAABOqNYWhN:20140724123454:s&gclid=Cj0KEQjw3cKeBRDG-KKqqIj4qJgBEiQAOamX_Z8oqSBGWVC7fDL9k3AOHa1BrfL8tHVG0o7BGDbcBNcaAv0m8P8HAQ

There are a few different models, I'm not sure what the difference is except perhaps for the time the battery will last. You wouldn't need for too long, I'm thinking.

My mother in law insists on unplugging everything during a storm. We have never and we leave our computers running non-stop, and have never had an issue with anything getting fried.
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#2306432 - Yesterday at 11:38 AM Re: Surge protection? [Re: TX-Bluebonnet]
bgiles Offline
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Registered: 05/20/14
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Loc: Worcester, UK
A UPS for desktop computers & keyboards (or anything that you run system updates on), is always a good idea.

Imagine you're in the middle of running a system update on your expensive DP, or even just reprogramming (when it says 'do not switch off power'), and the power drops out, thereby rendering it useless, and requiring you to return it the dealer to get it re-flashed!
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#2306464 - Yesterday at 01:20 PM Re: Surge protection? [Re: TX-Bluebonnet]
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Registered: 02/21/14
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+1 for APC from me as well . I have this one and I've found it to be very reliable http://www.amazon.co.uk/APC-1500-230V-Po...ords=B0041MP81Y

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#2306496 - Yesterday at 02:30 PM Re: Surge protection? [Re: TX-Bluebonnet]
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Registered: 09/24/09
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Loc: North Carolina
Wait until the battery fails. After a year or two, poof. No more protection. And you don't even know it ... until the power goes out.

At my former employer there was one under almost every desk. Over 1000 of them in the building. I scrapped out a truckload of them. New policy: no UPSs for desktops. The ROI just isn't there.

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#2306503 - Yesterday at 02:38 PM Re: Surge protection? [Re: TX-Bluebonnet]
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Registered: 02/13/12
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Loc: Hernando, MS
Many moons ago, I had a modem get fried during a thunderstorm. Thankfully the computer was not damaged. I assume the surge came in on the phone line. But ever since then i've been a bit paranoid. I always unplug my keyboard during a thunderstorm. Better to be safe than sorry.

Although the modem story did have a happy ending. I was a somewhat impoverished graduate student at the time, who could not justify paying the money to upgrade his 14.4k modem for one of those new, amazingly fast 28.8k modems. But after the thunderstorm, I really had no choice. smile

Now that I'm feeling all nostalgic, I may have to go make some ASCII art. smile
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#2306578 - Yesterday at 04:16 PM Re: Surge protection? [Re: MacMacMac]
bgiles Offline
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Registered: 05/20/14
Posts: 54
Loc: Worcester, UK
Originally Posted By: MacMacMac
Wait until the battery fails. After a year or two, poof. No more protection. And you don't even know it ... until the power goes out.

Most modern UPS's carry out periodic automatic battery checks, with an alarm if it fails the test, or the user can initiate a self test themselves.

I have two APC BK350EI, that also provide surge protection. The last battery changes for both were after 7 years.

This has also enabled me to continue using my broadband during a power outage, as well as not worry when doing important software updates.

The choice is yours!

Irrespective of the surge protection, I'd still unplug my valuable stuff before an electrical storm.
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#2306676 - Yesterday at 07:25 PM Re: Surge protection? [Re: fizikisto]
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Registered: 09/06/07
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Loc: Hamamatsu, Japan
Originally Posted By: fizikisto
Now that I'm feeling all nostalgic, I may have to go make some ASCII art. smile


Don't forget to greet the sysop after leeching some filez. wink
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#2306705 - Yesterday at 08:32 PM Re: Surge protection? [Re: TX-Bluebonnet]
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James,

Hahahah! I'll be sure to do that. *Grin*
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#2306773 - 1 minute 27 seconds ago Re: Surge protection? [Re: TX-Bluebonnet]
TX-Bluebonnet Offline
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Registered: 06/15/14
Posts: 105
Loc: Central Texas
Thanks everyone! I took a look at the links that were kindly provided. The APC brand does look pretty good except for quite a few complaints about the batteries dying within a matter of months. I still may go with one of those, but based on some of the comments in those Amazon reviews it got me looking at this one instead: CyberPower CP850PFCLCD PFC Sinewave UPS. So now I just need to decide which one to get, the cheaper APC model or this more expensive CyberPower one with the sinewave technology. Decisions, decisions.
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Started my piano journey June 2014 at age 54.
My digital piano: Casio Privia PX-850.
Working on "Alfred's Adult All-In-One Course" Book 1

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