Dirty Power

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Jimmy.apple.fan, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

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    Have read on these forums about dirty power.... Fluctuations.... Power surges/cuts etc being the biggest cause of iMac parts failures ?

    Is it worth buying any adaptors to help protect the iMac I am about to buy....#.... Or are they self protected and just plug it into the socket like any other computer!! (UK based)

    Thanks
     
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    Ciclismo

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    Take it from someone in the know (I work for a company that makes power supplies), "dirty power" isn't a big issue in Western Europe. It may, in rare circumstances, be an issue in some homes, but usually only in very old or very poorly built ones.

    Having said that, I would wholeheartedly recommend that you get an power strip with a fuse that is specifically designed to protect electrical equipment against surges. Some even come with additional insurance.
     
  3. macrumors member

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    Forget the power strip if you are looking for protection from dirty power. If you need a few more low power sockets then a power strip is fine, but if you want protection from dirty power -> Use an UPS.
     
  4. macrumors 603

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    With AVR, for that matter.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    In your opinions how necessary is UPS?!?
    Do the majority of mac owners use them?
     
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    2Turbo

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    Best brand/technology there is bar none (SurgeX): http://goo.gl/Epfnz

    It's the only true surge protection that nasa uses. Nobody else can use their method cause of patent.
     
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    Shrink

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    I'm sure you're right...that it is the best, bar none. And if you're launching the Shuttle, I'd definitely get one!

    And for $269, it should not only be a super surge protector, but also be capable of performing exotic sexual acts for my benefit!!:eek:

    :rolleyes::D
     
  8. macrumors regular

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    Unless your power goes out a lot, and your lights flicker all the time, a UPS is only necessary for protecting your data when the power goes out. You wouldn't unplug your computer without shutting it down first, right? So a UPS prevents that from happening.

    All your electronics should be plugged into a power bar with surge protection. If you have a breaker panel, you can probably install a surge protector there and protect your entire home, but those are fairly expensive.

    I have a UPS for my mac because I leave it on all the time. I didn't have one for a long time and never had any issues.

    In my opinion, the BEST reason to have a UPS is to keep your modem and wifi router on during a power outage so your other battery powered devices can still connect to the internet. That alone is worth the $60.
     
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    1934hotrod

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    FWIW
    I have had computers in my home for 20 years, had a UPS back up, batteries always die 50 bucks a pop every couple of years. Got tired of throwing 50 bucks out the window, tossed the UPS.

    Been riding bear back 15 years, 5 computers scattered around. Have had no failures due to power. So are they a necessity, if it will give you piece of mind then go for it, that would be the only reason for home use.

    The biggest problem with power and computers is having enough outlets. I can remember when dating around the girls would always comment on all the wires my stereo had, bet every one of them are eating those words now LOL... My o MY how things change.


    Cheers
    Greg
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    I have a UPS, but that was purely because I was given it late last year. It is peace of mind knowing the poet is being cleaned, but I think in the UK, as a rule a good surge protector will be enough. It is all I would have been using if I had to pay.
     

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