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How to verify that a surge protector actually works?

I need surge protectors to prevent expensive equipment from exploding. Manufacturers of these devices obviously make a lot of fantastic claims about features and performance, but how can I trust them ...
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UPS for hard drive protection

I am in a place where electricity is not ideal (old house, no ground), sometimes it occasionally shuts down and supposedly there are some spikes. I consider using UPS with the goal to increase ...
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2answers
308 views

Does a Coaxial Lightning Surge Protector protect against Power Surges?

Does a coaxial lightning surge protector also protect against power surges? I don't know if there is a difference between lightning surges and power surges, thus I ask this question. I have a ...
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2answers
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Using Laptop Battery And Surge Protector Instead Of UPS? [closed]

I was thinking of using battery and surge protector instead of UPS. With UPS you have to: Do checkups Ship for battery replacements i.e it is a hassle. With laptop battery you have nothing to ...
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1answer
508 views

Can Electric Surge Go Through Modem And Fry Laptop?

I have cable internet connection and cable connects to modem. From modem there is a LAN cable connecting to my laptop. Can electric surge reach my laptop?
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362 views

Unplug computer during thunderstorms?

I once heard from a friend of mine that it's good practice to disconnect your computer and tv during a thunderstorm to avoid damage from electrical surges caused by lightning strikes. It kind of makes ...
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5answers
2k views

What to look for in a good UPS?

I just asked this question where my PC may have been fried due to a power surge. Now I'm browsing around and I'm curious what characteristics make a quality UPS? What should I be looking at? Should I ...
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1answer
552 views

Performance Hit While Routing Cable Internet Through Surge Protector?

I recently purchased a Belkin surge protector with cable line protection. I have cable Internet, and that cord is plugged into my modem, which has an Ethernet going to my router where it splits and ...
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Is surge protection actually needed?

Am I am an idiot for not using a surge protected powerboard? Does this mean my computer gets fried in a power outage? Which particular parts of the computer are most vulnerable to damage if I get a ...
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What are the chances a power surge can wipe out a whole system? How can I tell?

I was on my computer and all of a sudden it shut off and the lights in my house dimmed. When I tried to turn it back on, nothing happened and there was a burning smell coming from my comp. I sent in ...