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#1 stuub27

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Posted 16 August 2016 - 06:34 PM

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I'm looking at getting a new power board with more points- like 10 or 12. Are HPM branded boards ok? Any other suggestions?



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Posted 16 August 2016 - 07:05 PM

Got an old hpm quite old, moved it from my room to tv set. Still working
Got a newer one for the nbn modem and laptop

Edited by Jeruselem, 16 August 2016 - 07:21 PM.

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Posted 16 August 2016 - 07:42 PM

Cheers. I'd not had troubles with them meself, but thought it wouldn't hurt to throw the question out there before I buy :)



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Posted 16 August 2016 - 09:21 PM

HPM is OK.  What I hate in powerboards is that stupid so-called safety feature where you have to insert the plug at an angle of about 75 degrees which is just a great way to get bent pins.

 

What I like in powerboards is individually switchable and decent spacing between the outlets to allow for wall-warts and angled cords.
But nobody listens to that and finding one with both those things to say nothing of surge protected, good luck.

 

Arlec is also OK.  These days my UPS has built in surge-protect as well as an outlet for the phone so I use that.  Got a surge board for the TV, not sure on brand, it's sort of hard to see as it's covered in dust ATM and in a tight space as well.

 

I think the point is though, don't blow $100 on a surge board, a $40 one will likely be just as good.



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Posted 16 August 2016 - 09:30 PM

HPM is OK.  What I hate in powerboards is that stupid so-called safety feature where you have to insert the plug at an angle of about 75 degrees which is just a great way to get bent pins.

 

What I like in powerboards is individually switchable and decent spacing between the outlets to allow for wall-warts and angled cords.
But nobody listens to that and finding one with both those things to say nothing of surge protected, good luck.

 

Arlec is also OK.  These days my UPS has built in surge-protect as well as an outlet for the phone so I use that.  Got a surge board for the TV, not sure on brand, it's sort of hard to see as it's covered in dust ATM and in a tight space as well.

 

I think the point is though, don't blow $100 on a surge board, a $40 one will likely be just as good.

Thanks.

 

This one: https://www.bunnings...rboard_p4420141

has caught my eye so far



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Posted 16 August 2016 - 09:38 PM

Looks OK.  Should mention though it's obvious that overload protection isn't the same as surge protection.  Surge protection usually has a sacrificial arrestor that gets tripped in an extreme overload situation like lightning strike.  Overload protection is activated if the current draw exceeds 10 Amps, button on the unit resets it once you've corrected the situation.



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Posted 16 August 2016 - 09:44 PM

Looks OK.  Should mention though it's obvious that overload protection isn't the same as surge protection.  Surge protection usually has a sacrificial arrestor that gets tripped in an extreme overload situation like lightning strike.  Overload protection is activated if the current draw exceeds 10 Amps, button on the unit resets it once you've corrected the situation.

Cool. Thanks!



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Posted 17 August 2016 - 01:46 AM

interesting old Dans Data article "Power Struggle" here

 

Originally published 2004 in Atomic: Maximum Power Computing

Last modified 15-Jan-2015.


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Posted 17 August 2016 - 08:45 AM

I like any that do basic sine wave smoothing. Plenty of "Filtering" powerboards out there.

 

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 10:39 AM

Good explanation of how MOVs do offer a level of protection:

 


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Posted 17 August 2016 - 10:50 AM

Good explanation of how MOVs do offer a level of protection:

Dave Jone (EEVBlog) talks about MOV protection in Multimeters, they do a good job when implemented correctly.


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Posted 17 August 2016 - 11:03 AM

I don't know that sine wave correction would be that important given that with a computer system everything is running off DC anyway.

With modern PWM type power supplies, even overvoltage protection becomes a bit less important since they're usually able to operate over a reasonably wide range.  Though of course I doubt they'd fare any better from a lightning strike or other notable surge event.



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Posted 22 August 2016 - 10:19 AM

The Dick Smith ones are all right.  Should get those  :-p


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Posted 22 August 2016 - 11:03 AM

I have a DSE one, I need a replacement... (but yeah, it cost me $120, feel so ripped off)


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Posted 22 August 2016 - 11:05 AM

The Dick Smith ones are all right.  Should get those  :-p

 

Do KOGAN still do them?

 

They have sine wave filtering, MOV, and a few other little nifties that are probably unneeded, but great to have considering the cheap prices.


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Posted 23 August 2016 - 10:00 AM

Kogan sell these

https://www.kogan.co...814usb-jackson/

 

No idea what Jackson powerboards are like


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Posted 24 August 2016 - 10:22 AM

Jackson are quite the respected name actually. I'd go it.


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Posted 24 August 2016 - 10:35 AM

Jackson are quite the respected name actually. I'd go it.


FWIW, Masters (curse their non-sausage-sizzle-having-souls) have the metal-cased Jackson power strips rebadged with their in-house brand, and I think a bit cheaper.
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Posted 24 August 2016 - 10:45 AM

 

Jackson are quite the respected name actually. I'd go it.


FWIW, Masters (curse their non-sausage-sizzle-having-souls) have the metal-cased Jackson power strips rebadged with their in-house brand, and I think a bit cheaper.

 

That's weird, I helped several times at Master's BBQ for a community group. several times during the year they were able to BBQ at Bunnings and Masters.


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Posted 24 August 2016 - 10:55 AM

Maybe it's just the Masters near me being un-Australian heathens then. Good to know!
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