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Frequently Asked Questions
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- Will PowerGuard products protect my equipment from a lightning strike?

- What are the differences between the PowerGuard (PG3701) and the Power Filters (CPF3500, CMP3901, and CMP3903)?

- Why do I need to use a PowerGuard when I have a Filter?

- I understand the basics but how does the PowerGuard Protect?

- How does the Professional Series Filter Protect?

- What load can the spike arrester and filter support, can I plug a multiple outlet Power Board into the device?

- I have an Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker on my house, why do I need anything else to protect?

- The electrician who installed my ELCB has recommended and fitted a Surge Protector on the distribution board and says that’s all I need, but having read the info on your website there seems more to it, what should I be doing?

- I have a complete Home Office with PC, and a new Flat Screen Monitor and Multi Function System; I have the Pro Series CMP Ultra 2 single outlet filter and originally connected my PC to that, what about the other equipment?

- Can I use a double adapter on the protective devices?

- I have a Note Book Computer that has an external AC/AC Power Pack and I was given to understand that I don’t need Power Protection, but a colleague had his Note Book destroyed recently while travelling. What can you recommend?
The electrician who installed my ELCB has recommended and fitted a Surge Protector on the distribution board and says that’s all I need, but having read the info on your website there seems more to it, what should I be doing?
When thinking of Power Protection you could apply a FORT mentality, that is, if we consider a Fort - for perimeter protection (apart from picking the high ground and other strategic considerations) we put a Moat around the Fort as protection against the outside attackers (that’s the Hard Wired Surge protection, in this instance - there are additional and more complete strategies available).
Then to protect the King, there is the hand picked personal Body Guard/s, for optimum protection from threats within or in the event that the defensive outer perimeter is compromised.

In making a Power Protection strategy there are two maxims to observe they are dedicate and isolate.

While protection at the main board provides “broad brush” protection from outside influences and will reduce the impact of a Surge, it is not likely to capture and reduce line noise or be effective with Spikes produced inside the barrier (Moat). Hardwired protection is worth consideration as part of an overall protection strategy, and in the long term where you own the installation can be cost effective (your home or unit not rented).

But note that on its own Surge protection is not effective in dealing with events like Phase loss or Slow Average Fluctuations that result in Over Voltage or Under Voltage (Brownout).

So where to start?
1. Identify the products that are most at risk in your home or office, the “Mission Critical” areas, implement protection now and rate the other appliances down from there.
2. Make a conscious decision about a power protection and risk reduction strategy that you can build on, without throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
3. As you buy new equipment budget to protect the new equipment as part of the planned spend.

If you have a bodyguard and the bullets are flying, where would you like your bodyguard? In front of you or standing beside you? For best protection the protection should be directly between the AC mains general power outlet (GPO) and the nominated protected equipment.

Protection can be commenced with a single outlet filter, later complemented by a PowerGuard and expanded with a Multiple Outlet Power Strip, build your strategy from the inside outwards. What is important, is to select the best dedicated protection you can afford, do not go unprotected, that is the most expensive option.

In the event of a major power related disturbance have protection that affords the best capability to protect equipment from the threat of power related damage. Home Contents Insurance is your safety net, not the solution.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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