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I think I've been hit by a surge

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Chazz_S, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. Chazz_S

    Chazz_S Supporting Actor

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    All of the surge protectors have the "surge" light on, after the power went out and on again.


    How do I reset it, or am I supposed to even worry about it! I've tried unplugging it and plugging it back in but the light is still on. I'd look in the manual- but who honestly keeps the manuals to surge protectors!?
     
  2. DanHal

    DanHal Stunt Coordinator

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    Perhaps see if a fuse is blown, or tripped. It should be somewhere on the side of the bar usually.

    Dan
     
  3. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

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    Some have a reset button but judging from what you're saying, this one doesn't. The light can come on for a variety of reasons.
    The unit no longer sees a ground. Get a $4 circuit tester over at Home Depot and check for proper wiring.
    It died for whatever reason. Buy a new one.
    What were you using?
     
  4. Glenn Overholt

    Glenn Overholt Producer

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    Don't hold me to this, but the "cheap" surge protectors are said to only protect you once. After they take the first surge, a part inside burns out. I guess that is when the red light comes on. The 2nd surge will zip right to your equipment.

    Glenn
     
  5. Andrew Pezzo

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    Even Monster's expensive surge protectors die after talking a hit, may be your problem.
     
  6. Chazz_S

    Chazz_S Supporting Actor

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    WOW, ok I see what you guys are saying now. It wasn't just one, multiple protectors are all 'lit'


    One is a monster(kind of a lower end model) and another is a Cyber power. Dammit- I have to replace them all?!
     
  7. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

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    If you own your own house, look into a whole house device. Your utility company may even install it for a nominal charge per month.
    The longevity of a surge protector is related to its joules rating assuming your getting MOV based devices. For a fairly inexpensive one, consider a Stratitec available at Sam's Club or at directron.com. Somewhere around $20.
     
  8. Drew Bethel

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    Looks like they did their jobs. Be glad that you're not replacing all of your equipment!
     
  9. Holadem

    Holadem Lead Actor

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    You are correct... mostly: It would be more accurate to say that inexpensive surge protectors (typically build with varistors) have a finite life which depends on the intensity and frequency of the voltage spikes.

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