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Wallou1 41 22 August 29, 2015 at 07:56 PM More Amazon Deals
I've been looking through SlickDeals and Amazon to find a cheap, but good and powerful surge protector. So far, I've been content with maybe purchasing this (link [amazon.com]). However, the reviews on the product, even though it has a 77% 5 star rating, some of the lower star ratings all complain about either the warranty or the surge protector failing.

I was wondering if someone could chime in and give their input on what they think is the best surge protector. I need at least 6 plugs (the more the merrier) and preferably under $20. I'd be willing to pay more depending on the quality of the product.

Thanks in advance for your input!
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Tripplite...what are you using this for?
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb...=tripplite
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Tripplite...what are you using this for?
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb...=tripplite [amazon.com]
Just for basic home use. I plan on having 2 computers along with router/modem and a few phones connected.

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I also found a few surge protector towers on Amazon that I like so those would be cool too!
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Just for basic home use. I plan on having 2 computers along with router/modem and a few phones connected.

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I also found a few surge protector towers on Amazon that I like so those would be cool too!
If you are using it for a pc, get a unit that can protect the ethernet connection coming out of the modem..http://www.amazon.com/Tripp-Lite-...tripp+lite
Dont use the coax filter portion, it will attenuate the signal and cause issues with your internet connection...just run the ethernet out of the modem through the unit.
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I don't think that you'll be able to determine which is "the best" surge protector. You'll just have to get one that has the features that you need at the price you're willing to pay and has good enough reviews.
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If you are using it for a pc, get a unit that can protect the ethernet connection coming out of the modem..http://www.amazon.com/Tripp-Lite-...tripp+lite
Done use the coax filter portion, it will attenuate the signal and cause issues with your internet connection...just run the ethernet out of the modem through the unit.
I agree with this. I once had a surge from lightning enter my home through coax. It passed through my cable modem leaving it unharmed, but it killed the ethernet jack on my router and the the jack on my desktop which was plugged in to the router. I bought a UPS with coax protection after that but with my modem connected to the coax surge protector, it often lost signal.
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I have always been an APC fan myself. Any surge protector is not a guarantee but it should help. Check your house is wired correctly too.
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probably an online UPS would function as the "best" surge protector.. also the most expensive and inefficient, but hey, it will stop stronger surges than anything else out there, so that makes it the best.
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probably an online UPS would function as the "best" surge protector.. also the most expensive and inefficient, but hey, it will stop stronger surges than anything else out there, so that makes it the best.
The op did add the caveat of wanting something under $20. A $20 UPS is probably just going to make things worse unless they're running really low wattage equipment Smilie

FWIW I also think a good UPS is a worthwhile investment. This is mostly from living in old buildings with iffy power systems. If you've got good stable power it may well be overkill. I like Cyberpower myself, only because APC saves useful features like AVR for their more expensive enterprise units. The batteries are replaceable, so you can expect a good UPS to last years.
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The thing many people don't realize is that surge protectors need to be replaced periodically. Over time small spikes can damage a surge protector reducing it's ability to handle a larger spike.

The Joule rating is important but can listed in different ways some of which are a bit disingenuous.
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The thing many people don't realize is that surge protectors need to be replaced periodically. Over time small spikes can damage a surge protector reducing it's ability to handle a larger spike.

The Joule rating is important but can listed in different ways some of which are a bit disingenuous.
I hadn't heard this. How long are they good for and how do you know they need to be replaced?
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I hadn't heard this. How long are they good for and how do you know they need to be replaced?
It depends on the quality of your incoming power. Replacement around the 5 year mark or every time you replace your computer isn't a bad idea.
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The op did add the caveat of wanting something under $20. A $20 UPS is probably just going to make things worse unless they're running really low wattage equipment

FWIW I also think a good UPS is a worthwhile investment. This is mostly from living in old buildings with iffy power systems. If you've got good stable power it may well be overkill. I like Cyberpower myself, only because APC saves useful features like AVR for their more expensive enterprise units. The batteries are replaceable, so you can expect a good UPS to last years.
I wanted something cheap because I needed a few. One to two of them will be in a fairly new building with up-to-date wiring while one will be in an old building. The old building has stable power but I don't trust the wiring too much because of its age and I can't get it checked out.

Also thanks everyone for your inputs!
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Look for something with UL 1449 certification, at a minimum because that means that the device at least has a set of MOV crowbars for each of the 3 connections (ground-lline, ground-neutral, line-neutral). Even better are protectors that contain an AC line filter consisting of coils (inductors, chokes) and capacitors, not because the filter improves protection (but they can help against motor noise, such as from a refrigerator, or other line noise, like from old-style fluorescent lights or welding equipment), but because devices made with them tend to be the better models. Also look for something made by a company that makes commercial/industrial surge protection, like Eaton, Cutler-Hammer, APC, and Tripplite. Don't be overly impressed by energy (joule) ratings because apparently surges almost never come anywhere close to that much energy. Also the ratings are for all 3 connections, but fat chance any one surge will divide itself equally among all 3 connections. IOW divide the energy rating by 3.

Don't take user ratings seriously except for judgments about styling, convenience, or reliability, because how many people have actually compared different surge protectors against actual surges?

Get something built like this inside:

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Look for something with UL 1449 certification, at a minimum because that means that the device at least has a set of MOV crowbars for each of the 3 connections (ground-lline, ground-neutral, line-neutral). Even better are protectors that contain an AC line filter consisting of coils (inductors, chokes) and capacitors, not because the filter improves protection (but they can help against motor noise, such as from a refrigerator, or other line noise, like from old-style fluorescent lights or welding equipment), but because devices made with them tend to be the better models. Also look for something made by a company that makes commercial/industrial surge protection, like Eaton, Cutler-Hammer, APC, and Tripplite. Don't be overly impressed by energy (joule) ratings because apparently surges almost never come anywhere close to that much energy. Also the ratings are for all 3 connections, but fat chance any one surge will divide itself equally among all 3 connections. IOW divide the energy rating by 3.

Don't take user ratings seriously except for judgments about styling, convenience, or reliability, because how many people have actually compared different surge protectors against actual surges?

Get something built like this inside:

Wow that's a detailed response! I did some research and I found this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/..._pC_nS_ttl

It's not quite a power strip or a power tower (if that term exists) but based off what people said about Tripp Lite, I think that was a good choice. I haven't bought it yet but would you recommend it?
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Wow that's a detailed response! I did some research and I found this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/..._pC_nS_ttl

It's not quite a power strip or a power tower (if that term exists) but based off what people said about Tripp Lite, I think that was a good choice. I haven't bought it yet but would you recommend it?
That unit has no ethernet protection...
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