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Thursday, May 18, 2017

1803. Surge Protectors. Any good?

We just had a major power outage and used the power strips surge protector. Two computers will not power up. And the printer is not working.

Now what?

The first thing is to get the power back and then go through the steps to determine why the printer will not start up.

I wouldn't put a lot of faith in the cheap surge protector that you bought and I wouldn't hold my breath hoping for getting the manufacturer to pay for a fix or a new printer. The main reason for our tip is to recommend you invest in a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply). They offer much more protection from a power surge and additionally provide you with some time to manually or automatically shut down your computer. The can be bought for under $100 and if you want more battery power time you can spend more for more time before shutting down.

In any case they offer far better protection than from the $10 surge protectors that I have found to not work very well. Printers however are not that important to keep running on the battery so I would connect the printer to the non battery plug available on most UPS's. They provide the equivalent to a surge protector.

But are usually much more protecting than a cheap surge protector strip. Protect your computer and electronic equipment from power failures. Ken your not still holding your breath for that new printer?

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