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Thread: Surge Protectors

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    Senior Member so-sew's Avatar
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    I'm wondering how many of you fine people have your sewing machines (especially the computerized ones) plugged into surge protectors. If so, what is the rating for your surge protector? When I went to Walmart to look at them, there were different varieties for different applications ie. small appliances, home entertainment, etc. The ones rated for larger electronics were of course more expensive. I don't really understand the need for different kinds...isn't a power surge going to trip the breaker regardless of what is plugged into it? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter. :?:

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    Honestly I didn't know there was a difference in them. I all watch for answers.

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    This is a good topic!!!I use one on my computer, one that was recommended by my tech. I do have a computerized sewing machine and your right we should have one on these for power outages plus power surges. I do unplug mine when not in use.but to be one the safe side I should use a power surger. I too shall be looking forward to the answers here.
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    I do know if you have a computerized machine, we are supposed to have a surge protector. I thought it was 1200 jewels (the rating) but have heard it is more since then. I will double check but for some reason I'm thinking 3600 jewels.......

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    We are REMC so I use surge protectors on just about everything (computers are on UPS)

    I usually buy the highest rated strip protector - why chinch on a $20 surge protector if you are using a $4000 sewing machine?

    During storms everything is unplugged - even stuff on surge protectors/UPS - they can't handle a surge from a lightning strike.

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    Surge protectors don't neccessarily prevent ALL the current from getting to your equipment. The different sizes allow for the 'draw' of power each item demands. ( If you only have your sewing machine & perhaps a table lamp plugged into an outlet - then you only need buy a lower rated - small appliance - protector. )
    Electrical surges don't always originate from the power line to your home. Think about lightening strikes - they'll hit the outlets before they get to the circuit breaker box.
    Hope this helps Ladies!

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    My modern and LA machines are connected to a UPS that provides voltage regulation as well. On my other machines, I just use a standard high quality surge strip.

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    I am using the UPS (uninterruptible power source) that I had for my desktop system. Now I use a laptop so thought I would keep it for my Ellisimo. Where I live, the power is supplied by some little hamsters on exercise wheels and when they take a break, usually once or twice a day, our power flickers or goes out just long enough to have to reset all the clocks!

    Also did you know that the surge protectors typically bought (cheaper ones like from Wal-Mart) are usually no good after they have been hit by one surge? That is what I was told by an electrician.

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    Some of the better surge protectors also have "insurance" for your electronics, appliances, etc.

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    It makes me nervous to hear one surge can render your strip useless against future surges. Now I'm wondering how many strips around my house are "blown" and giving me a false sense of security. By the way, it is a common misconception that all power strips are surge protectors. This topic came up among my friends lately and about half of them were under that impression.

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