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YellowJersey

Power surges and resulting paranoia

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Posted · Original PosterOP

So I grew up in a house that was struck by lightning one night. Every light in the house turned on for about 5 seconds and the microwave as well as several TVs and other appliances were fried. My grandparents also have a cottage in rural Ontario where power surges are also common; we've gone through quite a few microwaves (we now leave it unplugged if no one's there). It's always the microwave for some reason.

 

 As a result, I'm something of a paranoid parrot when it comes to my fear of power surges frying my expensive electronics. As a result, not only do I turn off the powerbars for my TV, gaming consoles, and computer station when they're not in use, I also unplug the powerbars altogether.

 I realise that I'm probably worrying over nothing, but nevertheless, I still can't help but worry about it.

 Anyone else have these kinds of fears?

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i don't have them... it's all clean here, but you should think about a ups for your setup (and more if you're really worried), they cost you around 60-100 bucks each and filter out surge and keeps it all on for a while after your power cuts off.


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Just now, YellowJersey said:

Looks like I have some reading up to do.

 

yep... good luck, and if you have any questions about it, I would recommend asking it in the cases and psu tread


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Primary PC: Random stuff inside a case

CPU: I5-8600k  @4.5 ghz  GPU: GTX 1070 ti EVGA SC Gaming   RAM: 8+8 3360 mhz DDR4 Trident Z   MOBO: MSI Gaming Pro Carbon AC   HDD: 1 TB 7200 RPM Seagate Baracudda, 1 TB 5400 RPM Samsung ECOGREEN   SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 500 GB   Soundcard: built in   Case: Cooler Master Masterbox Lite 5 RGB   Screen: Salora 40LED1500

 

Second PC: Cedar mill v2

CPU: i3-2130   GPU: Intel HD graphics   RAM: 4+2 GB 1333 mhz DDR3    MOBO: HP H series   HDD: 320 GB WD Black 7200 RPM, 4x 1tb 5400 RPM Samsung Ecogreen   PSU: HP 250 watt   Soundcard: built in   Case: Some premium 2003 case   Screen: IIyama Prolite T2240MTS, Samsung SyncMaster710N

 

Laptop : Acer TravelMate 8573t

CPU: I3-2330M   GPU: Intel HD graphics   RAM: 4+2 GB 1333 mhz DDR3   MOBO: Acer   SSD: 250 gb mx500 sata   Soundcard: built in   Case: alluminium/metal   Screen: TN 768p

 

Game consoles:

PS4 slim glacier white 500 gb, PS4 FTP Special Edition 500 gb, Xbox, 3 DS lites, DSI XL, Gameboy Advanced Color, PS Vita v2, Wii, PS3 500 gb

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Posted · Original PosterOP
6 hours ago, LukeSavenije said:

yep... good luck, and if you have any questions about it, I would recommend asking it in the cases and psu tread

I thought my original post made it clear I wanted to complain about this, not actually do anything about it. :P 

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well you could spend hundreds on protections and reinforced cables and outlets OR keep unplugging the stuff when you're not using it

I literally do that every night and when I'm not home.

 

turning off a powerbar is useless against a lightning because the current is so high it can jump through ANY type of consumer switch


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7 hours ago, YellowJersey said:

I thought my original post made it clear I wanted to complain about this, not actually do anything about it. :P

nah, it doesn't... we're here to help, as you can see


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Primary PC: Random stuff inside a case

CPU: I5-8600k  @4.5 ghz  GPU: GTX 1070 ti EVGA SC Gaming   RAM: 8+8 3360 mhz DDR4 Trident Z   MOBO: MSI Gaming Pro Carbon AC   HDD: 1 TB 7200 RPM Seagate Baracudda, 1 TB 5400 RPM Samsung ECOGREEN   SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 500 GB   Soundcard: built in   Case: Cooler Master Masterbox Lite 5 RGB   Screen: Salora 40LED1500

 

Second PC: Cedar mill v2

CPU: i3-2130   GPU: Intel HD graphics   RAM: 4+2 GB 1333 mhz DDR3    MOBO: HP H series   HDD: 320 GB WD Black 7200 RPM, 4x 1tb 5400 RPM Samsung Ecogreen   PSU: HP 250 watt   Soundcard: built in   Case: Some premium 2003 case   Screen: IIyama Prolite T2240MTS, Samsung SyncMaster710N

 

Laptop : Acer TravelMate 8573t

CPU: I3-2330M   GPU: Intel HD graphics   RAM: 4+2 GB 1333 mhz DDR3   MOBO: Acer   SSD: 250 gb mx500 sata   Soundcard: built in   Case: alluminium/metal   Screen: TN 768p

 

Game consoles:

PS4 slim glacier white 500 gb, PS4 FTP Special Edition 500 gb, Xbox, 3 DS lites, DSI XL, Gameboy Advanced Color, PS Vita v2, Wii, PS3 500 gb

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I work for an engineering design company and the electrician engineer that I have by my side recommend me this , https://www.schneider-electric.com/en/product-subcategory/1615-acti-9-surge-protection-devices---spds/ (My problem was like yours , 1 psu / mobo per year ) , First of all take a tier 1 psu (I bought my evga p2 650w 10 years warranty at 140€) But if a lighting enters to your house , if you dont have that spd despite your house main switch turn off the lightning did the damage so its useless... So what does that spd is make a loop for high and low tension to be sure that lighning never goes through your house.

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Use surge protections. I basically don't plug anything directly into wall socket anymore, especially not during summer. A cost for replacing one was under 20€, instead of whatever more expensive was plugged into it. I remember one instance when surge arrived through phone line. Luckily I had it hooked to surge protection so it only fried the LineIN port on it. DSL, router boxes and PC were not affected. They even replaced it with new under warranty because they guaranteed free replacement for the entire warranty period.

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