May 13, 2003

Ligthnin is Frightnin...

.... but do I have to shut my 'puter down every time I feel the house shake and the lights flicker? What are your experiences with the combination of lightning and computers?

I've had two modems and a video card fried in the past. Now I have a APC Backup UPS-ES 350 with everything going through it. How safe am I, really? The thing comes with a warrantee of replacement up to xx thousand dollars if my system gets toasted while it is in use. How good is the equipment, how good is the guarantee, and can I leave the system on instead of shutting it down a hundred times between now and October?

Hep me, brethren and sistren. Shed some light on me, if you will.

Posted by fred1st at May 13, 2003 07:56 AM | TrackBack

I have my computers running through APC - UPS systems too. I leave them on 24 X 7.

Posted by: Chris at May 13, 2003 09:10 AM

Fred, we've used APC-UPS systems for years and we generally leave everything on during work, turn it off when we go to bed. Once in a while if there's a tremendous storm we shut down, but we haven't had anything fry in years except an unprotected answering machine. Our business is dependent on having the computers protected.

Posted by: beth at May 13, 2003 09:35 AM

i just last week lost a very important piece of my recording gear to one of those storms we've been having. i'm not too happy about that as i was supposed to be recording several new pieces this month. i guess i should have remembered my mother making us unplug everything in the house during even the mildest threat of a storm. oh well, live and learn. and save and save and save to buy another thing to replace what i've lost so i can record more. grrrr.

Posted by: bud at May 13, 2003 01:43 PM

I too bought back-up gear and, invested in those $10,000+ guarantee multi-socket cords after the PC was all but fried (Motherboard and chips) when a lightening strike caused a power surge. Not nice.

Posted by: Alexandra at May 14, 2003 03:48 PM

I have the next APC model up; it's never so much as flickered in the nastiest weather (which, out here, is as nasty as it gets without actual tsunami).

Posted by: CGHill at May 14, 2003 09:57 PM


We recently had an electrical storm here in Atlanta that apparently killed my DSL modem, which had its power supply plugged directly into the wall. I had everything else running through my ancient but still serviceable Curtis power console...the flat type that sits under the monitor, it's not a battery backup but just a surge protector/device controller. The modem was the only thing that was harmed. I can't be absolutely certain that it was a power surge that disabled the modem, since no other appliances in our house were damaged, but it seems likely. I would have run the modem through the console as well, but the A/C converter/plug on the modem power cord is the size of a large paperweight and takes up enough space for three plugs.

These things are built to supply protected power to systems that have to stay on 24/7, even under bad conditions. If you have one protecting your equipment, you shouldn't have to unplug during storms.

Posted by: Curt at May 15, 2003 09:32 AM

I always power down and unplug for thunderstorms, surge protector or no surge protector. I don't have money to replace my gear.

Posted by: Pascale Soleil at May 19, 2003 07:42 PM

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