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Subject: err...sort of
Name: ludicrous
Date: 1/8/2001 11:28:36 PM (GMT-7)
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In Reply to: surge protector posted by Kenny

Short answer, kind of but not an ideal solution.

Long answer:

Two important specs on surge protectors, response time (smaller = better, usually nanoseconds or LESS) and maximum energy absorbtion (higher is better, rated in joules).

Assuming you plug two identical units into each other, and a surge large enough to blow one of them comes down the wire, I would expect that the first one will respond, blow, then the remainder of the surge will cause the second one to respond. The effect is that the computer will see two surges, one large and one small, due to the response time lag on each protector. Not exactly clean.

Summary, if you're starting from scratch, don't buy two cheap units and expect good protection, buy one expensive unit. It will usually have a fairly high energy absorbtion rating and is LESS likely to blow in the first place, and it will have a faster response time which is also good.

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