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Old 11-21-06, 08:34 AM
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Seriously now, How common is a power surge?

Sure they happen when lightning strikes your house right? Is that it? Thats got to be pretty rare. How common is a power surge (the kind that damages your electronics) really?

Also what does it do to your equipment? Is it only damaged when its turned on? Is it safe when its off?
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Old 11-21-06, 09:16 AM
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without lightning.. not very common
but during a storm, Ive seen some pretty nasty damage
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Old 11-21-06, 09:20 AM
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when it happens is it a fire hazzard? Does the equipment have to be on?
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It'd depend on how badly it fried to see if it'd be a fire hazard. And no, the equipment doesn't have to be on.... ask me how I know.
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I've lost data once and that was enough me to buy a UPS for all my computers.
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Old 11-21-06, 10:24 AM
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depends on the lightning rod, i've had lightning strike my building once and nothing happened. in the army in italy the electricity was some crazy non-standard voltage and i didn't have a good surge protector and never had problems. I just use the average surge protector that you get for $30 for 11 outlets or so. More out of conveinence than fear.
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Old 11-21-06, 10:47 AM
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At my old house we had a pool. I went through 2 computers and a microwave.

Seems lightning likes pools.
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Old 11-21-06, 10:50 AM
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Very rare, but after you experience one- you'll make sure you're fully protected against future occurences.

Sadly I know this firsthand...
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Old 11-21-06, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Save Ferris
Sure they happen when lightning strikes your house right? Is that it? Thats got to be pretty rare. How common is a power surge (the kind that damages your electronics) really?

Also what does it do to your equipment? Is it only damaged when its turned on? Is it safe when its off?
Well I had this little led night light that would seem to come on everytime we had a power surge/failure in my home.

I checked it the other day and it no longer works.

I am glad I have surge protectors on all my electronics throughout my house including the two I have in my theater.
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Old 11-21-06, 12:51 PM
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Not very common but there are power surges and then there are brownouts. Brownouts are where there isn't enough power. Surges are where there is too much power. Both can damage electronics. I have a battery backup box for my PC, monitor, Xbox 360 and DSL modem. That stuff costs too much to risk dirty power damaging it.
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