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Any stories where your surge suppressor worked?
Posted 30 July 2007 - 01:46 PM
We're in a stormy area of the country and I've always unplugged my equipment during really bad weather.
These Panamax units I bought are the first 'real' surge suppressors I've owned.
Do these things really work? I don't yet trust them.
If these things are trashed during a lightning strike and I'm away from home will the equipment still be safe if lighting were to strike again before I get home to unplug the fried surge suppressor?
I'd love to hear some first hand accounts if you have time.
Many thanks in advance.
Posted 30 July 2007 - 01:50 PM
Posted 30 July 2007 - 03:03 PM
1) lightning is faster than a MOV (Metallic oxide varisistor) and they do NOT respond in less than 5 nano's (if memory serves me it's approx 150 milliseconds)
2) GE specs (a major producer of MOVs) give them a one year shelf life
3) every time a MOV takes a hit it loses some of its potential
4) after one year you have a power strip
any product stating less than ONE nanosecond response time .. be leary .. currrent technology can only measure down to 5
best surge protectors are SASD (silicon avalanche (sp?) suppressing diodes) .. expect to pay over 300.00 for one
Posted 31 July 2007 - 06:50 AM
Equipment includes a buncha stuff that I no longer have interest in detailing
Posted 31 July 2007 - 08:43 AM
Posted 31 July 2007 - 08:46 AM
I may be tossing these Panamax suppressors onto eBay before long.
I always thought the supressor would flash a light to indicate a surge was suppressed.
Ideally, if they work, we never know it.