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Any recommendations for laptop surge protector?

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#1 MaryBet82


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 02:07 PM

My sister needs a surge protector for her laptop and tablet. I have an old one that I used w/ my Sony lemon that connected in line w/ the power cord. My understanding is that over time surge protectors get used up by absorbing the shocks that would otherwise damage the computer. As far as I know there is no way to test the surge protector for how much absorbing power it has left - you just replace it after x number of years. So I figure she should purchase a new one - I've seen them online for only $13. I don't know if the $13 ones give you adequate protection. I liked the ones that plugged directly into the outlet, rather than having that extra weight dangling on the power cord.


Our electricity occasionally goes out w/out any warning and in good weather. I think it's a transformer acting up. The power often goes off and on quickly, making loud noises, while I run around trying to unplug everything before it goes on again.  [When we have a lightning storm we unplug.] So I'd like a good quality surge protector that can handle the no warning voltage fluctuations we get.


From previous reading I remember that you want a surge protector that will even out the voltage to protect the computer's components and one that will cut out "line noise". I just don't know how to determine a good surge protector from an inadequate one. I tried reading reviews, but everything got very technical very fast.


I've used Belkin and APC in the past. Can I safely just pick one based on footprint or outlet-type, price and power needed? Should I look for a certain type - linear, etc?



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Posted 10 April 2017 - 02:17 PM

I like you prefer inline. This is what I use. https://www.amazon.com/APC-SurgeArrest-Notebook-Pro-Suppressor/dp/B00066ISFM

I'm also an APC fan,

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#3 RolandJS


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 02:21 PM

Are we talking only surge protectors, or, are we including inline UPSs?  Reason for asking:  if the power flickers, browns out, blacks out, a surge protector will not provide power to a desktop or TV hooked up to a computer; laptops will run on its battery until the battery drains.  I think an UPS with AVR might be the best choice.

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 02:23 PM

New Egg has the APC BN700MC Back-UPS on sale today for $50, even though you don't need the battery backup part.  I've also purchased APC SurgeArrest for devices that don't need battery backup.

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 02:36 PM

I'm also an APC fan,


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