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Surge suppressor/protector for small office

By kitty500cat ยท 4 replies
Mar 26, 2007
  1. Hey guys,

    I'm wondering about buying a surge suppressor for a small office. A recent electrical storm took out at least one power supply in my dad's office, so I'm thinking we should get a surge suppressor installed. There are five desktops in the office, each consuming on average 300W, I'm assuming. There are also two laptops probably consuming at most 150W.

    There is already a UPS serving most of the computers, but that doesn't hold them for very long, as it probably isn't meant to power as many computers as it is. Anyway, I wanna talk to my dad about installing a dedicated surge suppressor. What brand, or better yet, model, should we be getting? I know nothing about surge suppressors.

    Regards and thanks for any replies :)
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    Tripp, and APC are both good brands, andthe thing to look for it not just surge suppressors and battery backups but ones that have AVR (Auto Voltage regulator) capabilities. brown outs and such can be just as damaging as power outs.
  3. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 2,154   +6

    OK, thanks. I'll start looking on Newegg. :) Is there anything to worry about as far as rated amps and stuff? It will probably need to power a maximum of 2 kilowatts.
  4. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    I would recommend APC. Use them at work and home, never had any issues. Not sure about your rated power question. At work I use one APC for a desktop and my work laptop. Then other stuff like PDA charger or cell charger without any problems. At home, I have 2 desktops and a laptop a printer and a scanner plugged to one APC with no problems either.
  5. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 2,154   +6

    I guess if it's rated for 15 amps it would work, at least with our existing setup. I think the UPS already installed is an APC; I'm not sure whether or not it has AVR. Thanks guys.

    Maybe something like this?

    Regards :)
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