Surge protector?

By Stormfish
Nov 18, 2007
  1. Hello everyone.. Well, it seems I completely neglected this aspect when building my recent system. I had a scare last night when my power strip's overload protection(I think) tripped.. I'm REALLY hoping no damage was caused. Is there any way for me to know for sure? Could the damage be hidden? Or would it be immediately noticeable? Would overload cause damage, or just a power surge?

    Which leads to the next question.. Any recommendations for a decent surge protector? I found a cheaper CyberPower one on newegg with decent reviews, but I'm still unsure.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Why think that

    It would be immediatly noticeable,either the Power Supply or mbd.
    You wouldn't be able to boot to OS.
    It won't affect useing Windows if you can boot to it.
    You say you where useing a Surge Protection Power Bar.
    Did you have to do a reset of it or was it still on ?
    If you booted your system as it always does.1 beep.Then your motherboard
    survived and your Power supply must be OK.
    But if it's a cheapie,buy a good one.Some will add your Telephone line.
    Mine has $ 10,000 insurance.
    I use my PC during Thunderstorms.
    Just use a house circuit that has no other high voltage useage,especially your Fridge or kitchen appliances.
    If it was bad enough your house breaker would shut down.
  3. Stormfish

    Stormfish TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the response. It's an older strip, says "temporary power tap" on the label, I assume it has no surge protection.

    The strip powered off, I guess. I had to press the little.. Button.. Thingy, that popped out when it tripped(I guess it's a breaker?)

    Do you think a cheaper $25 surge protector is worth it? Or should I go with something a bit more expensive? The local stores seems to carry "Power Sentry", "Tripp" and "Belkin" stuff, would you be inclined to buy one over the other?
  4. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    You get what you pay for.

    Mine is a Newpoint S75TM Surge Protector.I bought maybe 10 years ago.
    Thats $ 15,000 by the way.It has Comguard,Internet/Modem/Telephone line
    protection.Has a bonus 2nd Power Bar,Lifetime warranty.
    I think it was about $ 40 Canadian.We had a severe Power outage in Eastern Canada and US a few years ago.After the power went out i switched off the computer pws and unplugged it to avoid another Surge.
    When the power returned everything was OK.
  5. Stormfish

    Stormfish TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Interesting, well I guess it's time to shop around! Thanks a ton for the information, zipperman. Very much appreciated.
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    don't just rely on surge protectors. To really be safe, get an UPS along with a surge protector.
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