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Recommended power strip with BR1500G/BR1500GI

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Recommended power strip with BR1500G/BR1500GI

This question was originally posted by Kevin Mychal on APC forums on 2/28/2012


I know that power strips with Surge Protection capability are not to be used with UPS outlet ports. Would a normal power strip/extension cord suffice for my purpose?

Also, I have a power strip lying around here with "lightning protection" feature, is that the same with surge protection?

Thanks for your help.


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Re: Recommended power strip with BR1500G/BR1500GI

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If you are referring to the statement "Surge protectors filter the power for surges and offer EMI/RFI filtering but do not efficiently distribute the power, meaning that some equipment may be deprived of the necessary amperage..." then I'm bemused too. It implies surge protectors should never be used for computer equipment even on their own despite the fact that's what they being mainly sold and used for. So I tend to believe believe that original statement is a load of nonsense, and at best an exaggeration of major proportions. I would welcome anyone to explain otherwise. The only possible issue I can think of is the impact of having a square wave or modified sine wave input to the surge protector device.

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Re: Recommended power strip with BR1500G/BR1500GI

This reply was originally posted by Kevin Mychal on APC forums on 3/1/2012


BUMP!

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Re: Recommended power strip with BR1500G/BR1500GI

This reply was originally posted by Kevin Mychal on APC forums on 2/29/2012


I actually read that link already before even creating this thread. Thanks for the info anyway. Though can you explain why do power strips NOT distribute current equally to the loads? I'm an electronics engineer by license and I don't quite seem to understand that statement.

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Re: Recommended power strip with BR1500G/BR1500GI

This reply was originally posted by Chris on APC forums on 2/29/2012


We always recommend plugging directly from the UPS to the wall though ultimately, as long as you use a quality extension cord, it will probably be fine. We just can't technically support it and if there was a failure due to the extension cord, we would likely not cover it. As far as "lightning protection", I've never heard the term but I would say that would be the same as surge protection.

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Re: Recommended power strip with BR1500G/BR1500GI

This reply was originally posted by Kevin Mychal on APC forums on 2/29/2012


What I meant is plugging a power strip to the outlet ports of the UPS, what is recommended? FYI, my UPS' input port is directly connected to the wall outlet.

Hmmm, I wonder what's that lightning protection.

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Re: Recommended power strip with BR1500G/BR1500GI

This reply was originally posted by Chris on APC forums on 2/29/2012


Well of course lightning is a very common cause of surges but yeah, I'm also curious why it's called lightning protection. I would recommend checking out the knowledge base document below for info on plugging surges or extension cords into the output which shows our official response to it but as I mentioned before, we don't recommend it but it doesn't necessarily mean it won't work.

http://nam-en.apc.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1372/kw/surge

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Re: Recommended power strip with BR1500G/BR1500GI

This reply was originally posted by Kevin Mychal on APC forums on 3/4/2012


BUMP!

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Re: Recommended power strip with BR1500G/BR1500GI

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If you are referring to the statement "Surge protectors filter the power for surges and offer EMI/RFI filtering but do not efficiently distribute the power, meaning that some equipment may be deprived of the necessary amperage..." then I'm bemused too. It implies surge protectors should never be used for computer equipment even on their own despite the fact that's what they being mainly sold and used for. So I tend to believe believe that original statement is a load of nonsense, and at best an exaggeration of major proportions. I would welcome anyone to explain otherwise. The only possible issue I can think of is the impact of having a square wave or modified sine wave input to the surge protector device.

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