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August 28, 2011 7:08:44 PM

Yes you can! However, 1410 Joules of surge protection aint much! But it is better than a plain multi outlet strip.

I have similar stuff in my room, not much protection, but it just gives me a warm feeling. :) 
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August 29, 2011 10:40:51 AM

How many Joules would you say a good surge protector should have?
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August 29, 2011 2:02:12 PM

Unfortunately there are no standards for surge protection capacity.

The are three basic things that can go wrong with AC power; 1) Sag, 2) Spike, and 3) Surge.

A surge protector will handle minor power surges; these surges occur when devices are switched ON and OFF in the home as well as in the neighborhood.

A surge protector will not handle any sags. A UPS system will help.

Spikes will not be handled by a surge protector very well. UPS will help.

A good analogy is comparing surges to 'High Tides', 'Tidal Waves' and finally the worst 'Tsunami'.

To summarize, a decent Tripp Lite (or similar) surge protector will be good enough for most home devices.

During a thunderstorm, UNPLUG devices from the wall outlet. I have more than one computer and it is inconvenient but I do this during thunderstorms. Merely switching them OFF will not be good enough. A Lightning strike can easily jump across terminals in any switch/outlet.

Here is more information on the topic: http://www.surgeassure.com/faq.aspx
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August 29, 2011 9:08:39 PM

Ok perhaps I will just try to cut down on my crap and just go with a UPS. Thanks :) 
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August 29, 2011 11:11:26 PM

UPS will serve you much better than any consumer Surge strip. Good luck!
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January 28, 2012 4:36:11 PM

Best answer selected by mousemonkey.
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January 28, 2012 4:36:14 PM

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