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Should I unplug games during thunder storms?


By The_Director

7 years ago



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    #57 2 years ago

    I just check the varistor once every so often, or add another in parallel.
    bought a pinbot from a guy and that thing was fried.

    I have all my games on surge protecting outlets as well.
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    Even if you have a game on a surge protector it doesn't make a difference if the varistor is fried.

    Usually they have little LED's in them let you know if the device is still working.

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    #61 2 years ago
    Quoted from robertmee:

    Point of use surge protectors are useless and false security for lightning strikes. Might keep your washing machine from damaging your pin but that's about it. You need a short direct bond to earth ground for any lightning arrester device to have a chance.

    more then likely if you get a direct strike to your power it won't matter unless you have a bunch of those varistors tied in parallel, even then IDK. I think they are mainly there for residual surges. Maybe if something happened down the line non-direct strike that still affected your grid or like you said if someone started a vacuum cleaner on the same circuit as your games.

    Yes I agree that not being tied back to earth ground is stupid. If you ever see a game or piece of equipment without a ground prong it'll play fine, but your playing Russian roulette with your game and your safety as well.

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