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Old 03-24-2006, 11:15 PM   #11 (permalink)
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all those are is just extra plugs, nothing more....you want a real SP, you gotta spend more the 2$, even if it was 5$
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I have a Lite-On surge protector...i dont think brand makes a difference.

Paying good money for one makes a difference...mine was $2 from the local hardware store.
take it from a guy who fried a computer on a cheap surge protector. spend some money.

APC have high joules ratings and offer triple (3 way, not 1 way) protection. now if your protector catch a surge, it will not longer protect that item (most manufacturer don't tell you that). most apc's will let you know when they are no longer protecting you.
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this surge protector is my NEWEST one, i have a closet full of old surge protectors, from around the early 90s

they would fry my computer.
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this surge protector is my NEWEST one, i have a closet full of old surge protectors, from around the early 90s

they would fry my computer.
there a reason it only cost 2 bucks while mine cost anywhere from 50-100 bucks. I fried a computer on a 30 dollar surge protector (it only had one way protection ) when a surge came through, so you are joking when you think that, that 2 surge protector with a 50 cent polyswitch on it will protect you if a surge come through (the cheap one ain't nothing but a power strip with a polyswitch on it)

if you don't have much invested in it go for it. I have 2,000 - 3,000.00 invested in my main computer so you know that I not messing with a 2 dollar surge protector
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I have CompUSA and Best Buy in my area. Where do you recommend that I pick up the surge proctectors?
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Old 03-25-2006, 05:49 PM   #16 (permalink)
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It's your choice the store doesn't determine the quality just look for hardware warrenties if a surge does destroy your system and look for how many joules it has. If you decide to get a UPS look for the same things as well as APS ("Regulated Power Flow in the event of brownouts or something").
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a lot of companies don't honor warranties.
apc do

http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...215&pfp=SEARCH

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0209034

I have the second one. it cost twice as much at stores like best buy and circuit city

I have a battery backup too

http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...642&pfp=SEARCH
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I've got a few old surge protectors laying around nothing to be proud of but I also picked up a geek squad UPS rather nice.
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How about the Joule raiting. As I understand the Joule raiting is the amount of electricity that the surge protector can handle at one time. What do you think is the minimum exceptable Joule level?
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How about the Joule raiting. As I understand the Joule raiting is the amount of electricity that the surge protector can handle at one time. What do you think is the minimum exceptable Joule level?
I would go with the highest rating that I can find
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