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Old August 20, 2008, 05:42 AM
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Hello,

I realize that this doesn't really belong here, but I am unsure of where to put it.

Recently my surge protector(or is it called a power bar) died on me. Somehow, the on/off button had problems and it works sometimes only. Prior to that, my surge protector melted(probably due to a peak in electricity), so I am glad I had that to protect my computer.

I am looking to buy a new one, but I am unsure of which one to get. Does anyone have suggestions or tips for me. I am open to having one with a battery, but I am unsure if I really need it.
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Old August 20, 2008, 05:46 AM
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APC is the best brand of surge-protection/battery backup I know of. Reasonable prices too. Check them out.
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Old August 20, 2008, 05:47 AM
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Getting a surge protector with a battery is a good idea. Even if it only gives you about 10 minutes it's enough so that the computer can be turned off properly (whether by software or manually). The other bonus is that they are pretty inexpensive now.

You can get an APC starting from around $50.
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Old August 20, 2008, 05:49 AM
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One with a battery is no longer called a surge protector really. It's called an UPS (uninterruptible power supply).

Here's the page on NCIX for them: NCIX.com - Buy UPS/Power Management In Canada.
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Wow, lots of fast replies...

Any model suggestions ?

And, a feature I might look for is to have some plugs that are always on and others which I can shut off.
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Currently looking at this one: Future Shop: Computers: Desktop Computer Accessories: APC Surgearrest 8-Outlet Surge Protector
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Old August 20, 2008, 08:39 AM
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Old August 20, 2008, 09:32 AM
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I am going to tell you to take a look at the Opti UPS brand units @ NCIX.

Depending on your computer, I would recommend one of the following:

OPTI-UPS ES1000C 1000VA 700W
NCIX.com - Buy OPTI-UPS ES1000C 1000VA 700W AVR Step Wave RJ11/RJ45 RS232/USB 8 Outlet - ES1000C In Canada.

OPTI-UPS GS1100B 1100VA 550W
NCIX.com - Buy OPTI-UPS GS1100B 1100VA 550W AVR Step Wave RJ11/RJ45 USB 6 Outlet - GS1100B In Canada.

Make no mistake about it, these are the real deal. I use the ES1000C on my main benching rig and when the power goes out, I have a good 7-10 minutes to properly shut down my computer. I have my computer, 30" screen, cordless telephone and alarm clock all plugged into it.

IMO, a UPS is GREAT not only for computers but for other things you can't do without when the power goes tits up. That inludes cell phone charging, alarm clocks, cordless phones, battery charging....etc.
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Old August 20, 2008, 11:16 AM
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Powerbars are useful and I always use one, more to get extra outlets than
actual protection though. Almost all powerbars use a protection device called a
Metal Oxide Varistor (MOV) they work at clamping over voltage and have one big
problem. After a couple of surges they blow and usually to a short circuit state
which is why they all have or should have a circuit breaker on them.
They really should be replaced every few years, but even I don't bother.

Best brand? I have no idea, but if the package says “Extreme” that’s the one!
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Old August 20, 2008, 01:32 PM
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I use Monster Cable MPB 2100 and APC BE750G-CN and also my home house has a built in surge thing.. paranoid and overkill maybe but worth it
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