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Old 02-06-08, 09:00 AM   #1
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I just built a fancy new computer and currently its hooked up to a low-end surge protector. I was wondering how much surge protection would you consider be adequate to protect my new investment? Would an average lightning strike to your house be enough to fry a computer? Im just a little worried. Thanks for your help.
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Old 02-06-08, 09:02 AM   #2
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Don't use a surge protector. Get a good battery backup.
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Old 02-06-08, 09:12 AM   #3
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Usually when bad weather approaches ie: thunderstorm i just unplug my pc, and thats that
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Old 02-06-08, 09:30 AM   #4
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Don't use a surge protector. Get a good battery backup.
this is quite good

http://www.everypressurewasher.com/a...d=FR80-BDR1024

look how much you save
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Old 02-06-08, 09:49 AM   #5
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this is quite good

http://www.everypressurewasher.com/a...d=FR80-BDR1024

look how much you save
My grandfather has one of these for one the power goes out on his dairy farm. It keeps the coolers and pumps running. Highly recommend!


Srsly tho, the voltage regulation of a good battery backup is far superior to what any surge protector can offer.
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Old 02-06-08, 11:07 AM   #6
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Backup power and backup batteries FTW.
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Old 02-06-08, 12:33 PM   #7
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for battery backups. I have pretty power hungry computer with a 24" monitor. Wouldn't that suck the battery down in a minute unless you pay over a hundred dollars for a big battery backup?
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for battery backups. I have pretty power hungry computer with a 24" monitor. Wouldn't that suck the battery down in a minute unless you pay over a hundred dollars for a big battery backup?
It's nice to have just so when the power goes out you can safely shut down your computer. I don't have one to use it for work when the power goes out. I just want to get it safely shut down and unplugged.
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for battery backups. I have pretty power hungry computer with a 24" monitor. Wouldn't that suck the battery down in a minute unless you pay over a hundred dollars for a big battery backup?
Expect to pay $150ish for anything decent.
1000va should be the minimum you aim for which should keep you up for 5 minutes or so at idle.
The whole purpose of it is to allow you to shut down properly and also for voltage regulation/buffering.
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Old 02-06-08, 02:22 PM   #10
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Any particular surge protector / battery backup that you would recommend? I would like one with a strong surge protection and a decent battery. Thanks again for your help.
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Old 02-06-08, 02:36 PM   #11
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I'm currently using a Cyberpower. I had an APC that worked well for years, but it died on me and this one was the only decent size-price at Bestbuy at the time.
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how excactly would yu calculate battery requirements, for 800w psu and a monitor, how big battery would you recommend?
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