[ubuntu-uk] Preventing lightning strike & surges
luxxius at googlemail.com
Mon May 28 16:11:30 BST 2007
Neil Greenwood wrote:
> On 28/05/07, Robin Menneer <robinmenneer at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Ta. You don't happen to know if the extension lead sockets are one-shot or
>> resetting , (phone-wise and/or power) ? Robin
> I don't sorry. And I don't know where the box/instructions are anymore either.
> If you've got a hardware shop near you, pop in and try asking. You
> might be lucky enough to find someone who knows what they're talking
I've just bought a couple of the Belkin SurgeMaster Maximum series (8
sockets, phone and aerial sockets) from Costco (just under £24 incl VAT).
There's no indication whether it resets. The box says '300V
Oversized Metal Oxide Varistors (MOVs) - absorb excess electricity
across live, neutral and earth lines, preventing harm to your
equipment', which I guess is the 'surge' protection.
And then it says 'Safety Shutdown Technology - uses thermal fuses to
power off your system, which saves all connected devices in the event of
a severe occurrence or when surge protection expires'. (By 'expires'
are we to read 'is overwhelmed and dies'?)
They claim a response time of <1 nanosecond. (And the device also
filters EMI/RFI noise. I wondered why my PC / network connection seemed
to be running better after I plugged it into the Belkin socket!)
The guarantee says they reserve the right to review the damaged
SurgeMaster, any damaged equipment attached, and the site where the
damage occurred - which suggests it might not reset after a 'severe
occurence'! The implication is that the thing shouldn't normally fry -
but it really isn't very clear - sorry.
How about phoning Belkin: 0193 335 2000 (e-mail eurosupport at belkin.com)
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