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March 1, 2012 6:13:35 PM

Brown outs and Black outs are happening more frequently in our neighborhood and just, I believe they were a major contributing factor, cost me a 42 inch television.

So I am going to purchase a new 55 Inch LCD TV, this is actually fortuitous since I wanted to upgrade anyway.

I also have a PS3, Wii, Xbox360, Receiver and Sub Woofer attached to a Monster Power Strip that I do not believe is doing an adequate job any longer, the displays are all blinking, I think it's fried.

What would the suggestion be for protecting my new TV and other equipment? Do I need a UPS system or would a good surge protector do fine?

Thanks for any help.
a b x TV
March 1, 2012 6:57:56 PM

for starters....

a monster power strip is a complete waste of money. you can get equally performing products for half the price.

a surge protector will only protect your devices from a power surge. it will not protect against brownouts or blackouts as both situations could potentially cause issues.

a battery backup can, however having one that can power all of your equipment would be expensive. i have a $300 model and it can only power my pc for 5-7 minutes. that isnt counting my 40" tv, ps3 or $1500 sound system. i have everything on a surge protector and turn everything off (the surge protector too) when power keeps flickering.

i dont think brownouts or blackouts are covered by powerstrip warranties. however they might be on ups warranties. something to look into.

at a bare minimum you will probably end up spending $300-500 on a battery backup that will only last a few minutes if you go that route. having an LED backlit display will lower your power demands so i suggest going that route.
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a b x TV
March 1, 2012 7:26:54 PM

A surge protector would not help you and their effectiveness lessens with time. You would need a battery backup or voltage regulator to provide some protection against brownouts and power up from blackouts. If you go with a battery backup take a look at the APC units. Since you are mostly concerned with protection you will not need a lot of runtime before the equipment turns off.
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