Questions tagged [surge-protection]

Questions about surge protectors can be asked as long as it related to use with your computer or peripherals and when attempting to determine the proper level of protection required for your equipment. Purchasing recommendations are strictly off topic.

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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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Why are brownouts so harmful?

I was reading Is surge protection actually needed? and well I'd like to know why brownouts are so harmful. The explanation gave there is "the capacitors get above their rated voltage" But that makes ...
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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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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 ...
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Powerline Ethernet surge protection

Following the recent weather events in my village (see related question) I'm looking at better power protection for my equipment, specifically a UPS and a set of replacement surge protectors which, it ...
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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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Should you plug a laser printer directly into a wall socket?

Based on this answer to the question "Why shouldn't I attach laser printers or scanners to a UPS?", and a comment made by Blunder, should you plug a printer directly into a wall socket and avoid ...