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Re: Smart surge protectors

Postby ArturoBandini » Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:06 am

BP, you should take apart a surge protector sometime to see how simple they are inside - it's just three metal strips help in place by molded plastic guides. Two strips run down the sides of the power strip, one in the middle (the ground). I was somewhat surprised myself to see how simple the device actually is.

On daisy-chaining - it all depends on the power you're pulling through the circuit. You could connect about 3,000 cell phone chargers on a huge series of daisy-chains with no problem, but connect just a few hair dryers or space heaters and you'll have a meltdown (if you don't trip your circuit breaker first).
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Re: Smart surge protectors

Postby Shorty » Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:55 pm

Based on Alliant's chart of avg electricity use, it looks like a smart surge protector is only worth buying if you have a plasma tv. All the other home entertainment and home office products each cost less than 30 cents per month when in use. When powered off they must cost even less than that so a smart protector seems not needed.

http://www.powerhousetv.com/wcm/groups/ ... 000296.pdf

However, this site says a smart strip will pay for itself in a year. Who can you trust?

http://savegreenly.com/how_much_do_vamp ... cost_u.htm

TheBookPolice wrote:Whatever product you buy will have recommended outlet assignments, but according to Belkin (as I posted above) the PC would go in a slave outlet.


This smart strip says plug the PC or TV in the master outlet, and the peripherals in the slave outlets. Always on devices like DVR go in the Always on slots.

http://eartheasy.com/store/proddetail.php?prod=7005.145
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Re: Smart surge protectors

Postby Shorty » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:29 am

I bought the APC P8Gt smart surge protector from Best buy. Plugged my cable box in an Always On outlet, my TV into the Master outlet, and my DVD/VCR into the slave outlet. Now my dvd/vcr fully powers off whenever I turn my TV off. I think I will buy another P8Gt for my desktop PC and peripherals (monitor, speakers, printer). The P8Gt box claims it will pay for itself in one year with the energy lower bill. BB has them on sale today for $25 plus free shipping.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/APC+-+8-Out ... cp=1&lp=11
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Re: Smart surge protectors

Postby Shorty » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:31 am

I bought the APC P8Gt smart surge protector from Best buy. Plugged my cable box in an Always On outlet, my TV into the Master outlet, and my DVD/VCR into the slave outlet. Now my dvd/vcr fully powers off whenever I turn my TV off.

I think I will buy another P8Gt for my desktop PC and peripherals (monitor, speakers, printer). The P8Gt box claims it pays for itself in one year with a lower energy bill. BB has them on sale today for $25 plus free shipping.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/APC+-+8-Out ... cp=1&lp=11
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