Should I plug my MacBook Pro into a surge protector?

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  1. iphone joe macrumors regular

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    Should I plug my MacBook Pro into a surge protector? If so which one do you recommend? Thanks.
     
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  3. ManuCH macrumors 6502

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    My entire desk setup is plugged into an APC UPS which also acts as a surge protector. Not sure if it's absolutely needed, but I prefer to do so.
     
  4. iphone joe thread starter macrumors regular

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    So you think any decent one on Amazon would be OK?
     
  5. tbobmccoy macrumors 6502a

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    Just make sure it has been rated by UL, and you should be good. Since the MacBook Pro already has an internal battery, an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) is a bit overkill.

    https://www.amazon.com/Surge-101/b?ie=UTF8&node=10529927011 For some more advice. Amazon has a good write-up on this.
     
  6. iphone joe thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank You!!! they recommend between 1,000-2,000 joules for a laptop.
     
  7. ManuCH macrumors 6502

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    A UPS is overkill for a laptop, but I mainly use it to power my DSL/cable router, wifi access point, switch and other gimmicks. Then again, it depends on how reliable power is in your area.
     
  8. tbobmccoy macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. I have a UPS for all the hard drives I have in my home server. If you've got the space for a laptop plug, sure, but if not, don't spend the extra cash. That's all I was pointing out ☺️
     
  9. Rhonindk macrumors 68020

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    Surge protected my abode, all plugs, whoever possible. Had one incident a few years back with a massive power surge. Dealing with my insurance, electric company, home repair, device replacement, etc... was an event I will do all I can to minimize going forward.
    You never know what else may get plugged in tomorrow. Cheap insurance.
     

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