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Old 09-05-2009, 01:49 AM   #1
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Alright. I'm hoping someone has first hand suggestions (i.e. used the product), but I'll take any suggestions from someone who knows their stuff about surge protectors. The requirements:

-Needs to be able to handle 1200W (is this enough to cover a 42" plasma and a 750W computer PSU--granted, the PSU will probably never hit full bore). More = better, under = no go.

-I'm looking for probably around the 4000 joule range, but I'm not sure. This is from what I've read.

-I'm NOT looking for a UPS.

-I do NOT care how long the cord is.

-I do, however, think that outlets spaced out for transformers (i.e. AC->DC converters on the ends of things like your phone/dsl modem/etc) would be nice, but NOT necessary; right now (in my dorm) I won't have many things with transformer plugs since my dsl modem, router, and phone are at home. However, please keep the plug requirements in mind below:

-Would like coaxial protection as well. Ethernet protection would be awesome, but totally not needed. I won't pay more for that.

-This needs to be able to preferably plug in: A) One transformer style plug for something down the road that might go in my dorm. B) 6-8 3-prong plugs. I'm thinking 1 for laptop, 1 for desktop, 1 for monitor. 1 for 42" plasma, 1 for DVD player, 1 for future console. 1 for stereo (maybe) and possibly one for my guitar amp (this is probably unlikely as I don't know if it'll even be at my dorm. And if it is, it won't stay plugged in and probably doesn't need to be plugged into a high class surge protector).

-If the company offers a protection warranty, in my book that makes them more legit than ones who don't...though I do have renter's insurance for my dorm.

Can I get something that'll fit my budget? I would think so...but...

Any place is fine to get it. I've looked at WalMart and NewEgg and this is what I've found. Please tell if what is and isn't good, or suggest your own. It seems that I'm looking for something rated at around 1800W, 330V A/C clamping and around 4000 joules. Seem right? To add, I've found most of the ones I've found that seem "good" are Belkin's. I saw a few TrippLites and their wattage and a/c clamping was a lot lower, as was their warranty. These are listed in order of my preference (best first):

1) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...kin-_-12107131
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=5723583
http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProdu...duct_Id=329365

2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=BE112234-10

3) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812107196

It'd be wonderful just to grab site-to-store on that first one. I can grab it about 5-10 min from my campus when it comes in. Newegg will take just as long and require a trip home. So, aka, if no one finds any significant fall backs with numbero uno, I'll grab that one.

Thanks guys.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...e=Tripp%20Lite

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...01317&name=APC

Either one will do the job. I use APC but have used Tripp Lite in the past. Both brands have a warranty but they're expecting you not to be foolish and have your equipment on in a raging thunder storm. There are limits as to what they will cover. And you have to jump through some hoops for them to ante up.
Nothing protects from a direct hit. Make sure the outlet you plug this in to has a solid earth ground. Pick up a outlet tester at a hardware store to be sure.
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I bought http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...kin-_-12107131 because it looks cool?
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Great minds think alike? Haha. I think I'm going to get this. It's actually only 25 bucks on the WalMart site and I'll just do Site-to-Store. It seems to have everything I'm wanting...4000+ Joules (doesn't matter as much to me as the wattage it can handle), 1800W+, and a sh*t ton of outlets lol. It's also got a warranty and that stuff too. And the AC clamping is 330V (a UL Standard)and it's UL listed for UL1449, which some I looked at were not. Belkin is a mid-range brand, and it seems this fits my mid-range price point. I've also found a few review sites which put it ahead of many APC, TrippLite and other Belkin products. So it seems to be on top of it's "game". I think I'll grab it.
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Great minds think alike? Haha. I think I'm going to get this. It's actually only 25 bucks on the WalMart site and I'll just do Site-to-Store. It seems to have everything I'm wanting...4000+ Joules (doesn't matter as much to me as the wattage it can handle), 1800W+, and a sh*t ton of outlets lol. It's also got a warranty and that stuff too. And the AC clamping is 330V (a UL Standard)and it's UL listed for UL1449, which some I looked at were not. Belkin is a mid-range brand, and it seems this fits my mid-range price point. I've also found a few review sites which put it ahead of many APC, TrippLite and other Belkin products. So it seems to be on top of it's "game". I think I'll grab it.
As far as Surge Protectors go, I like it.
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