What kind of surge protector/powerbar should I buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ieani, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. ieani macrumors 6502a

    ieani

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    I have a small room. One availiable outlet. Currently 5 components(Tv, xbox, dvd player, self-powered sub, reciever(100WX5) plugged into it through a powerbar. My iMac would make 6 and add 180W to the load. Then the new router I may need would make 7. I havent done the math or anything but Im not sure the outlet could handle the load of the imac, tv, xbox, reciever, sub, and potential new router all being on at the same time during online halo 2. Any ideas on a powerbarsurge protector I could get or what about running an extension cord(i have one previously used and capable of delivering power to window ac unit) across my room(about 10 feet) to my only other outlet?
     
  2. ITASOR macrumors 601

    ITASOR

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    You should get a UPS Battery Backup (APC is a good brand). This way, if something draws too much power in your house or something, the battery will kick in for a few seconds to keep the power supply to the equipment up, preventing brownouts, spikes, etc.
     
  3. ieani thread starter macrumors 6502a

    ieani

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    Thanks, after seeing the $400 price tags on some I was discouraged but I shopped around some more and found this one: http://www.buy.com/prod/APC_Back_UP..._lead_acid_6_output/q/loc/15835/10329910.html
     
  4. FFTT macrumors 68030

    FFTT

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    Check with your local electric utility about a whole house or whole apartment
    surge protector installed directly on the meter.
    Also note that no phone line surge protector made will protect your phone line
    against an A/C current fault on the phone line.

    The electric and phone companies share the neutral, so if something shorts
    out from the power line over to the neutral, nothing is fast enough to protect
    your phone line.
     
  5. combatcolin macrumors 68020

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    A very, very good one if you live in California!

    And none in the UK, we don't need them!

    :)
     

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