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Guest Message by DevFuse


Any stories where your surge suppressor worked?

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#1 OFFLINE   flexoffset



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Posted 30 July 2007 - 01:46 PM

I have Panamax surge protectors for my power plug and phone line for my H20 and HR20 (and TVs and DVD Players and so on.)

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.

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#2 OFFLINE   davring


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Posted 30 July 2007 - 01:50 PM

Surge protectors, even good ones, generally won't do much for a direct hit on a power/phone line close to or attached to your house. I have had them, two occassions, get smoked as well as everything attached to them. One company did pay for a small amount of the repair after alot of phone calls and letters. Good ones will handle "surge", lightning is not surge. My home owners insurance was more helpfull.

#3 OFFLINE   aim2pls



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Posted 30 July 2007 - 03:03 PM

most (under 100.00) surge protectors are MOV based:

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

#4 OFFLINE   paulman182


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Posted 31 July 2007 - 06:50 AM

Ideally, if they work, we never know it.

Equipment includes a buncha stuff that I no longer have interest in detailing

#5 OFFLINE   steelhorse



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Posted 31 July 2007 - 08:43 AM

My electric company put a whole house surge protector on at the meter. They cover up to 25k of damage with no deductable nor do they spec out only certain items they will cover.

#6 OFFLINE   flexoffset



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Posted 31 July 2007 - 08:46 AM

Thanks for the good information.
I may be tossing these Panamax suppressors onto eBay before long.

Ideally, if they work, we never know it.

I always thought the supressor would flash a light to indicate a surge was suppressed.

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