Best affordable surge protector

DigitalDawn

DigitalDawn

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#21
The reason they never pay a claim is because of all the fine print that's in the warranty. You have to literally have one of their units on almost every outlet that has a cable or telephone connection in your home for the warranty to pay off. Also, over multiple surges they become less effective.

That's why SurgeX is so much better. It has non-sacrificial components. I saw a demo a couple of years ago at a trade show. The SurgeX unit vs. Panamax. They kept zapping the SurgeX unit and the Panamax suppressor just died. They had a demo every hour because they were going through so many Panamax products.
 
WineOfTheVeins

WineOfTheVeins

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#22
Why pay more than a couple bucks at Dollar Tree? :rolleyes: Oh yeah baby. 6 penny parts, why pay more?
In all seriousness, this is what I use;
https://www.amazon.ca/Woods-7-Outle...ocphy=9000908&hvtargid=pla-494344582798&psc=1

..our power is extremely consistent here in most parts of Canada, thanks to our super sticky CSA codebook, which US usually incorporates into their NEC after we've led the way. :p The best protection is unplugging when not in use. The only times I really need to worry about it is during storms. During the winter there is hardly ever an issue, even most days in the summer is fine, if I hear of a storm in the forecast, and I am not planning on using it anyway, take her legs right out of the wall. Problem solved.



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Montucky

Montucky

Full Audioholic
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#23
The best protection is unplugging when not in use. The only times I really need to worry about it is during storms. During the winter there is hardly ever an issue, even most days in the summer is fine, if I hear of a storm in the forecast, and I am not planning on using it anyway, take her legs right out of the wall. Problem solved.
That's actually a great point and the cheapest, but most effective protection! Haha. While I do have a certain degree of trust in my surge protectors to protect from standard surges in incoming power, I do NOT trust them to protect in the event of a direct or nearby lightning strike. When we get severe thunderstorms, I like to run around and unplug all critical components. I shut it all down and unplug the power strip from the wall entirely. Cheap piece of mind. If I go out of town for an extended period of time, I do the same thing just in case a storm happens when I'm not around. Perhaps the surge protectors would do their job just fine, but I suppose another bonus is that it should also extend the life of them too.

I go a step further and make sure my air conditioner's off too, since that giant motor running can attract lightning. Perhaps I'm paranoid, but I just sleep easier through a lightning storm knowing my expensive gear (and hopefully my house itself) is safer.
 
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davidscott

Junior Audioholic
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20
#24
Want affordable? Daisy chain 3 cheap ones together. I did this one time to make a make shift extension cord for a bedroom TV. Lighting hit our electrical pole and killed electricity in the house. The first 2 surge supressors died but the 3rd one lived and they saved the tv lol.
Nice I will have to try that maybe with 2 at first. Luckily I have never lost a component to a lightning strike.
Dave
 
Drunkpenguin

Drunkpenguin

Senior Audioholic
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#26
It's like marriage. The first 2 usually fail, but by the 3rd one that attitude is more like I guess I'm gonna make this work.
 
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davidscott

Junior Audioholic
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#27
Yeah I saw that in his post. You guys are killing me here. But 2 has to be better than 1 right? As far as marriages I stopped at 2. Maybe I should have tried it 1 more time.:)
Dave
 

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