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#1 Adams369

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 02:01 AM

Can I plug a portable outlet with a couple of usb ports and outlets into a wall socket that already is GFCI with it's own breaker on it if the portable device is capable or has the same surge protector functionality. So basically canI plug a surge protector into another device with that capability 

 

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 02:18 AM

You're describing two different functions. Surge protection isn't the same thing as a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter or Residual Current Detector.

 

There's no inherent reason why you would not be able to plug a power board with surge protection into an outlet that has a GFCI capability. GFCI will shut off the power if the current flow is not the same in Active and Neutral (usually 30mA difference as this is considered the threshold current for potential electrocution for a human). Surge protection absorbs voltage spikes above a threshold that could damage devices connected to the mains.


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Posted 30 March 2018 - 04:48 AM

Awesome thank you for clearing that up for me. My home is old so I like to utilize as much outlet resources as I can. And knowing this will help. 

 

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 04:59 AM

You're welcome. As always with extension outlets, don't overload with high consumption items like heaters.


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Posted 30 March 2018 - 10:03 AM

Also, keeping items that are common to a system together on the same outlet or surge protector strip helps to eliminate the occurance of a ground loop.



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Posted 30 March 2018 - 02:06 PM

I always recommend buying a UPS, they are fairly inexpensive.  They all give you multiple protected sockets, they cut the risks of power problems by a very large margin.  The money you have spent on a system will be well protected.


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