do you unplug your system during thunderstorms?

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  1. renatov

    renatov Member Thread Starter

    sydney, australia
    i unplug them from the wall socket. does anyone else do this?
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  2. Don_S

    Don_S New Member

    Sacramento, CA
    I do. I have too much invested in $$$$$, time, blood, sweat, and tears.
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  3. StereoFanOregon

    StereoFanOregon Well-Known Member

    In thunderstorm afflicted areas, it's foolish not to!
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  4. Tullman

    Tullman I prefer analog

    Boston MA
    I don't in the middle of the night. During one thunderstorm my wife told me to unplug but I just waved her off. Not two minutes later a huge bolt struck near by and blew the fuse on my Krell cd player. Thankfully there was no other damage. Boy, did I ever here the I told you so's..
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  5. Ron Stone

    Ron Stone Offending Member

    Deep Maryland
    Definitely. I can't believe any surge protector would protect my equipment from an actual lightning strike.

    I also unplug it if I go on vacation.
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  6. fmuakkassa

    fmuakkassa Well-Known Member

    I've never done so although in severe thunderstorm I turn computers off.
    In addition I installed two whole house surge protectors on the two 200 amp lines feeding my house current.
  7. JBStephens

    JBStephens I am not a "peep", thank you very much.

    South Mountain, NC
    Absolutely! Some say it's enough to just turn things off, but if that bolt can jump half a mile of sky, I figure it can jump one millimeter of switch.
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  8. OvenMaster

    OvenMaster New Member

    Always. I even unplug the antenna coax and rotator cables. I take no chances.
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  9. www.records

    www.records Active Member

    Yes, I unplug.
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  10. Metralla

    Metralla Joined Jan 13, 2002

    San Jose, CA
    I live in San Jose. We don't have thunderstorms.
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  11. Plinko

    Plinko Well-Known Member

    I do. But sometimes, I'm not home to unplug it. Scary. I wonder if Powervars protect things? All my stuff is plugged into those things.
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  12. Audio72

    Audio72 Member

    So Cal.
    Nope, Sunny San Diego:righton:
  13. chosenhandle

    chosenhandle Well-Known Member

    oh yeah. Pretty cheap insurance if you ask me
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  14. quicksilverbudie

    quicksilverbudie Forum Resident

    when home YES! sometimes race home to unplugg everything including the Plasma TV

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  16. bobrex

    bobrex Active Member

    After one of my amps got fried by lightning, I bought a PS Audio Power Director. This gives me protection for the entire system.
  17. rburly

    rburly This space for rent

    I live in the lightening capital of the world, or at least the U.S...I have to unplug. :sigh:
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  18. Brian J

    Brian J Well-Known Member

    Yes, for thunderstorms and if I'm away for a couple of days. In fact I unplug if there is any nasty weather and power may be cut.
    A couple of years back the power turned on/off afew times within seconds. I'm guessing when the power came back on it was rather dirty. Took out the power supply of a inkjet printer, the fuse in my scanner, and voltage regulator of my Bryston 3B ST. It also got the power supply of my neighbors Sony 28".

  19. Andrew

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  20. Larry Geller

    Larry Geller Forum Resident

    Bayside, NY
    I turn up the volume to drown it out!
  21. fmuakkassa

    fmuakkassa Well-Known Member

    I checked it on the PS web site and it says

    "The first line of defense is perhaps the best and quickest method of protection we have ever seen. Tranzorbers are high speed AC clamps that can act hundreds of thousands of times without ever degrading their performance (unlike a MOV). Tranzorbers react quickly and absolutely protect your equipment regardless of what surge or spike they are assaulted with.

    If the Tranzorber finds a surge or lightning strike that is big enough to destroy the Tranzorber, which is nearly impossible, a fast acting relay-based 20 amp circuit breaker opens up the AC line and disconnects your equipment from possible damage. As a last line of defense, we use multiple huge MOV’s to make sure that your equipment is 100% protected. MOV’s are what 99% of the surge market relies on as their primary defense and because their performance is degraded over time, we do not rely on them for protection, only backup. "

    So this power director can do the near impossible. It can nearly stop lightning from damaging your equipment. Better than nothing.
  22. Ed Bishop

    Ed Bishop Incredibly, I'm still here

    Nope, thunder'n'lightning is when we crank it up around here...:D

  23. TommyTunes

    TommyTunes Forum Resident

    When I first moved to Atlanta, I would run around and unplug everything during Thunderstorms. Then I realized that it would probably be easier to just plug them in when it wasn't thundering. Now I don't worry that's what insurance is for.
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  24. bobrex

    bobrex Active Member

    Ummm, I read that to say that it's nearly impossible to destroy the tranzorber. And if by chance it should go, then we rely on the same MOV that the rest of the industry uses as a primary as a backup. Seems to me that the device isn't doing the impossible, rather it will prevent lightning damage.

    Is one of us reading this wrong?
  25. jws113

    jws113 Member

    Cincinnati, Ohio
    After 3 lightning strikes in 20 years, YES.....:agree:
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