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Recall of old APC surge strips - prior to 2003


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#1 OFFLINE   dpeters11

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 06:58 PM

http://recall.apc.com/en

 

This recall affects Series 7 and Series 8 surge strips made between 1993 and 2002. Damages include $916,000 to a home and over $700,000 to a medical facility.

 

It's kind of pathetic, I have one of these in my living room, from 1994. But then it still worked so why replace it (until now).

 

They will replace it with a similar current model, allow 12 weeks. No need to send in the old one, they want a picture of the sticker with the model and serial number. Make sure the image is under 2 meg.

 

http://recall.apc.com/en

http://www.cpsc.gov/...rge-Protectors/



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#2 OFFLINE   PCampbell

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 07:05 PM

I have one at work, well I did until yesterday when I tossed it.

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#3 OFFLINE   dpeters11

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 07:08 PM

I'm going to check our server room, I swear I saw something like one in there one time, though not in use. 



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Posted 05 October 2013 - 08:11 PM

Crikey!  I probably have half a dozen around the house, and have installed upwards of 30 at least for customers.  Many of the latter I won't have a record of who has 'em.

 

Several of mine are bolted to the back of a heavy (and pretty much immobile) entertainment center.  And of course the tag is on the back, LOL.

 

As I recall, those units when new were VERY highly regarded.

 

Sorry to hear about this problem.



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Posted 05 October 2013 - 08:15 PM

I have one NIB, checked date code and it is 08, so  have at least one good one, whew !!



#6 OFFLINE   dpeters11

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 09:13 PM

APC was always pretty highly regarded, not sure how they have been under Schneider Electric.



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Posted 05 October 2013 - 10:38 PM

I'm kind of curious just how many of those reported fires were associated with someone making the mistake of plugging these strips into the output of a cheap older (square wave) UPS.  That combination has been a known potential fire-starter for many years.  To this day, I go out of my way to not plug any kind of surge suppressor into a UPS, even though modern UPSes and suppressors are much less likely to have these issues.



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Posted 06 October 2013 - 07:25 AM

Looks like I've got at least 3 from 2001. Don't recall why I bought so many in 2001. I guess I will file claims and see what they send.



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Posted 06 October 2013 - 07:30 AM

Maybe that is the "abnormal power condition". I was thinking a surge.

When you put what you have into the form. It will tell you what it's being replaced with. I'm getting a P7V.

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 10:08 AM

That was pretty painless. I was expecting to submit three requests but they allow multiple devices per request.

 

I don't buy many of these anymore as I'm using APC Back-UPS Pro for most electronics these days. Glad to see they are standing behind their products.



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Posted 06 October 2013 - 11:35 AM

Never thought about a square wave UPS driving a heavily filtered surge strip.

 

That would imply quite a bit of dissipation.

 

 

Ouch.



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 11:02 AM

I don't have any APC surge strips - just UPC's. The surge protectors I have are from a variety of sources. The one I have on my family room HT system is a Panamax -- a highly regarded brand.


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 08:44 AM

I browsed through this thread a while ago thinking it didn't apply to me.

Saturday, my wife announced it was time to re-arange the bedroom which included removing a large desk and replacing it with a smaller one. The desk is also now in a different area which required moving the PC and all its acoutrements.

In moving, guess whay I found? A Series 7 APC strip hiding behind the subwoofer.

Good thing I didn't catch on fire!



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 01:32 PM

I think for the average homeowner there is little likelyhood of a fire.


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 07:54 PM

Probably so, but I'd still advise anyone with one to either replace it under the recall or get rid of it.



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 07:59 AM

I got my response from Schneider electric (owner of APC). My replacement Pro7T will be sent Jan 20, 2014. 12 weeks as advertised.






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