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  1. Ted S.

    Ted S. Guest

    My grandmother purchased an expensive Sony TV (36 inch, I think) and is
    interested in a surge protector.

    I see the following on sale for $8.00. Do you think this will provide the
    protection (mostly from thunderstorms) she needs?

    Also, I see them listed as "for appliances" and "for computers". What's the
    difference and would either be OK for a TV?

    One more question. I see an Energizer 450VA battery backup for $10. Would
    THIS work as well for her?

    Thanks!


    Belkin 3-Outlet Wall Mount Home Series
    Part # F9H320-CW

    The Home Series offers wall mount-direct, plug-in surge protection for your
    entry-level desktop computers, notebooks, peripherals, phone/fax/modem,
    kitchen appliances, standard household electronics, and more. Perfect for
    use during business or personal trips. This model boasts 1045 Joules, 45,000
    Maximum Spike Amperage, 3-outlets, and a lifetime $50,000 Connected
    Equipment Warranty.

    Advantages
    .. Lifetime $50,000 Connected Equipment Warranty to give you peace of mind
    .. 1045 Joule energy rating provides maximum protection of all your sensitive
    electronic devices
    .. 3 Surge-protected outlets supply complete, 3-line AC protection
    .. Solid-state protection safeguards your
    .. Built-in-phone line splitter
    .. Illuminated LEDs indicate your devices are ground and protected
    .. Filters EMI/RFI noise up to 43 dB reduction
    .. Maximum Spike Amperage of 45,000 Amps
    .. Model plugs directly into the wall to avoid cord problems
     
  2. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    Your TV set more than meets the standards of the EC, FCC, UK, UL, and
    CRTC standards world wide for electrical specifications. These surge
    protectors, even though they don't hurt anything, are a mickey-mouse or
    low grade protection. They can write anything they want on it as for
    their policy, but try to collect. You would have to prove that the
    cause of your burnup was from the surge protector and not from something
    else. These contracts are very tricky to prove, and to collect on.

    If you have damage that passed through one of these el-cheapo
    protectors, I can imagine taking one of these manufactures from Taiwan
    or China to court over a blown TV or computer. The lawyer's fees and
    extradition costs alone would be able to buy you a dozen new sets and
    computers just to start with! Not only that, you would have enough
    change left over to probably buy a new car!!!

    A true protection is a real "true" UPS system. This would cost more
    than the cost of the TV set. You would require a 600 to 800 Watt rated
    unit at the very minimum for your set, because of the start-up surge. I
    have even seen a true UPS being damaged from an electrical surge from a
    lightning storm. A true UPS is good on a computer where you have very
    valuable data and backup systems to protect as best as possible, and
    must be constantly accessible.

    Your TV set has surge and noise protection in the mains input section of
    the power supply. The one inside of the set is of better design than
    the ones in any of these $10 to $20 AC bars.

    I think you should take that money for the AC bar, and buy a good DVD to
    watch on this terrific TV set!

    Consumer TV sets have a lifespan of about 30,000 to 40,000 hours. After
    that, the CRT starts to generally show signs of weakness, and various
    components can start to wear out. Under normal home use, these sets can
    give very good performance for about 8 to 12 years. By then, with all
    the changes that are happening in the industry, you will want a new set!



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    My grandmother purchased an expensive Sony TV (36 inch, I think) and is
    interested in a surge protector.

    I see the following on sale for $8.00. Do you think this will provide
    the
    protection (mostly from thunderstorms) she needs?

    Also, I see them listed as "for appliances" and "for computers". What's
    the
    difference and would either be OK for a TV?

    One more question. I see an Energizer 450VA battery backup for $10.
    Would
    THIS work as well for her?

    Thanks!


    Belkin 3-Outlet Wall Mount Home Series
    Part # F9H320-CW

    The Home Series offers wall mount-direct, plug-in surge protection for
    your
    entry-level desktop computers, notebooks, peripherals, phone/fax/modem,
    kitchen appliances, standard household electronics, and more. Perfect
    for
    use during business or personal trips. This model boasts 1045 Joules,
    45,000
    Maximum Spike Amperage, 3-outlets, and a lifetime $50,000 Connected
    Equipment Warranty.

    Advantages
    .. Lifetime $50,000 Connected Equipment Warranty to give you peace of
    mind
    .. 1045 Joule energy rating provides maximum protection of all your
    sensitive
    electronic devices
    .. 3 Surge-protected outlets supply complete, 3-line AC protection
    .. Solid-state protection safeguards your
    .. Built-in-phone line splitter
    .. Illuminated LEDs indicate your devices are ground and protected
    .. Filters EMI/RFI noise up to 43 dB reduction
    .. Maximum Spike Amperage of 45,000 Amps
    .. Model plugs directly into the wall to avoid cord problems
     
  3. I agree with your surge suppressor assessment. They're nearly
    worthless. And the worst part about it is that the price is
    absolutely no indication of the quality. The SOBs at the TV sales
    shops toss in "An $89.95 top-of-the-line surge suppressor, but we'll
    let you steal it for only $49.95." But they paid only $5 for this
    impressive looking piece of plastic, if that much, so they gouge you
    for another $45 bucks on your purchase. And it's a piece of junk. If
    you balk, then they won't allow you to purchase the 2 year extended
    warranty, which is another incredibly lucrative sale for the salesman,
    almost pure profit. It's almost as lucrative as rebates. Like he
    said above, the appliance will last for 5 or so years of use, and that
    second (or third) year of the extended warranty is seldom needed. So
    the salesman pockets $40 or $50 pure profit. You might notice that
    the warranty on the surge suppressor excludes a lot of things that
    would probably be the cause of failure. Nice. Real nice.

    I've got an old RCA TV from the mid '80s, and it's still plugging
    along. Never had the back off it, just use it mostly in the evenings.
    It hasn't got the brightnmess it used to have, but it's okay, long as
    I wipe the dust off the CRT face every once in a while. I must've
    surpassed the 40,000 hour mark long ago. Even the original remote
    control still works. I can just barely read "Colortrak" on it, the
    plastic is worn so bad. I guess I got my money's worth out of it.
    :eek:)


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