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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Choreboy, Apr 11, 2005.

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  1. Choreboy

    Choreboy Guest

    I have a whole-house surge protector in my breaker box and a plug-in
    protector for my computer equipment. I was glad I had the plug-in unit
    a few years ago when a surge during an ice storm wiped out my tv and my
    stereo but not my computer equipment.

    Somebody in another group keeps saying the numbers prove whole-house
    protectors are important and all plug-in protectors are worthless.

    I don't have information on the circuitry in various models of plug-in
    protectors or figures on what protection they provide. Without
    information I don't know what protection I would get for the price of a
    given protector. Where can I find out more?
  2. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Doesn't matter if it's plug in or whole house, some surge protectors are
    worthless and some are decent, best to get one that comes with insurance.
    Also don't forget other surge paths, cable and telephone lines, antennas,
    that sort of thing.
  3. Choreboy

    Choreboy Guest

    How do I know if insurance advertised on a box will pay off? I imagine
    some ads are not to be trusted.

    If an offer is legitimate, it's open to abuse, so how much would I have
    to prove to make a claim? As quickly as computer equipment depreciates,
    surge damage could still be a big setback.

    It would be assuring to know statistically how well different models
    protected owners and how much electrical protection different designs provided.
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