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Old 02-06-2019, 11:48 AM   #1
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Surge Protection + Master OFF--Protected?


hello,

Ive been looking around online for a way to turn ON and OFF simultaneously my music studio gear, all with one ON/OFF switch...... as opposed to turning off/on each piece of gear (convenience).

So, all these devices are plugged into a surge protector which has a Master ON/OFF but..... if I turn the surge master switch protector OFF, then the gear is not protected by the surge protector?

-Powered monitor speakers
-Sound interface
-Guitar pedal rack
-Headphone monitor
-Laptop

Here is the surge protector I have:
https://www.panamax.com/product/surg...or-8-av-SP8-AV

Ideal scenario would be to TURN OFF/ON all gear with one master switch and have it still be protected by surge protector (and this would also help with vampire energy consumption)"

Thanks in advance for your input.

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Re: Surge Protection + Master OFF--Protected?


It depends on how the surge protector is wired internally as to whether there will still be any surge protection when the master switch is off. It's likely that the switch only disconnects the hot wire and leaves all the surge components connected to the incoming line. In that case, it still provides protection, even though the equipment is not receiving power.



If you are really worried, install a surge protector receptacle that you then plug the power strip into.



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006I33Y6


Or, even better, install a whole house surge protector at your breaker panel.



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AQAKRSS
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Re: Surge Protection + Master OFF--Protected?


What makes you think it is not protected when turned off? I think it probably still is. The neutral and ground will still be connected and the protection will be effective to short any spikes on the off hot to ground.

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I like surge receptacle suggestion.
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I called maker of my surge and they said in OFF it will be ok.

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even better, install a whole house surge protector at your breaker panel.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AQAKRSS
Yes, that would be better.

It would cost more to install that - or a similar competing product - but what is the cost of replacing your "music" equipment and other equipment in your dwelling?
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