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10 Way Surge Protected Tower With Broadband Protection - £6 *Instore* @ Tesco
10 Way Surge Protected Tower With Broadband Protection - £6 *Instore* @ Tesco

10 Way Surge Protected Tower With Broadband Protection - £6 *Instore* @ Tesco

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This 10-way protection tower comes complete with surge protection up to 13,500A/775V and a telecoms hub. It features an extension lead with an LED power light and 10 sockets.

Tesco own-branded.

Paid only £6 in Tesco Wigan. One left on the shelf. Online it is £25.

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bought one a few weeks ago for the same price, good value, heat added

I'd probably get a surge protector from a more reputable brand like Belkin's Surgemaster to protect my expensive equipment, but that's just me.

aarste

I'd probably get a surge protector from a more reputable brand like … I'd probably get a surge protector from a more reputable brand like Belkin's Surgemaster to protect my expensive equipment, but that's just me.



That's probably just you then, you probably get more expensive surges than the rest of us.

LOL.............

gazw

That's probably just you then, you probably get more expensive surges … That's probably just you then, you probably get more expensive surges than the rest of us.LOL.............




tbh u dont think tesco makes these in a shed do you ? lol they outsource their supplies and belkin probably make them lol

I bought mine from Wilkinson a while ago ,they had an identical(and i mean identical) Belkin next to it for twice the price . Its a 10 way protected multi socket and it works.Iv got mine hooked into my AV setup.

db2332

I bought mine from Wilkinson a while ago ,they had an identical(and i … I bought mine from Wilkinson a while ago ,they had an identical(and i mean identical) Belkin next to it for twice the price . Its a 10 way protected multi socket and it works.Iv got mine hooked into my AV setup.

Identical? Did you take it apart to compare the surge protection component? Seriously though - surge protection, like non-touch soap dispensers, is something you never knew you needed until you were scared into it by advertising.

am looking for one with individual power switches.

pibpob

Identical? Did you take it apart to compare the surge protection … Identical? Did you take it apart to compare the surge protection component? Seriously though - surge protection, like non-touch soap dispensers, is something you never knew you needed until you were scared into it by advertising.



I used to think it was scare mongering rubbish too, but I was convinced otherwise after working for am ADSL ISP.
Often we would get a spike of calls saying modems had failed in an area, quite regularly we could tie this to an electrical storm. Also almost all modem warrantys and even insurance plans do not cover damage from lightning.
In regards to the electrical protection side, I also thought this was a load of crap. But my aunt had a builder in a few years ago who drilled through some electrical cables by accident. This broke a DVD player blew the bulb in a desk lamp and destroyed her laptop power supply. The laptop itself was ok though.
I am not suggesting these are extremely common occurrences but it does happen and for £6 you are better protected than without it.

jamesdew

I am not suggesting these are extremely common occurrences but it does … I am not suggesting these are extremely common occurrences but it does happen and for £6 you are better protected than without it.

But that is the critical point - are you really significantly better protected by using one of these? Surges aren't fiction, but equipment which is susceptible contains surge protection anyway - to a certain level. Certainly this will make no difference at all in the case of lightning strikes.

]Identical? Did you take it apart to compare the surge protection component?

Thank you for pointing that out,no i didn't as a matter of fact. They were identical in appearance down to the main on off switch at the top.

It's just that it reminds me of the much-touted Lidl battery charger, which people all said was identical to one costing £35 until someone took the trouble to disassemble both and compare them.

Doesn't mean Belkin's any good though - the company produces some real rubbish which people overpay for because of the name.

pibpob

Identical? Did you take it apart to compare the surge protection … Identical? Did you take it apart to compare the surge protection component? Seriously though - surge protection, like non-touch soap dispensers, is something you never knew you needed until you were scared into it by advertising.



I wasn't before now I need a non-touch soap dispensers - where can I get one?

A bit random but my neighbour has been decorating his flat directly below mine the last few days and yesterday for the first time in this flat the light trip switch went, then within a hour 2 more bulbs went(they are those indoor spotlights) each time close to when he was banging something.

I wonder if he damaged something as 2 out of these 3 bulbs are under a month old and meant to last at least a year(an werent cheap brand)

gazw

That's probably just you then, you probably get more expensive surges … That's probably just you then, you probably get more expensive surges than the rest of us.LOL.............



LOL @ comment!

Prehab

am looking for one with individual power switches.



yeah me too - thats why I wont be purchasing one.

Ed_in_London

I wasn't before now I need a non-touch soap dispensers - where can I get … I wasn't before now I need a non-touch soap dispensers - where can I get one?

I'll tell you if you promise to buy a non-touch tap to go with it.

pibpob

Identical? Did you take it apart to compare the surge protection … Identical? Did you take it apart to compare the surge protection component? Seriously though - surge protection, like non-touch soap dispensers, is something you never knew you needed until you were scared into it by advertising.



My parents certainly wish they had heard of it when a lightning strike on a nearby tree fried every electrical item in the house. Not a direct hit, and no visible damage to anything in the house, but every electronic item wrecked.

nihcaj

My parents certainly wish they had heard of it when a lightning strike on … My parents certainly wish they had heard of it when a lightning strike on a nearby tree fried every electrical item in the house. Not a direct hit, and no visible damage to anything in the house, but every electronic item wrecked.

And you really expect that a surge-protected extension lead would have made the slightest bit of difference?

Got the last one on the shelf in Peterborough Hampton. Was still marked up at £25 but after asking for a price check, scanned at £6

The green "surge protection" light on my old one doesn't light up anymore so can only assume it's suffered a surge and is no longer protecting or the green light has died! (_;)

At £6 for a 10 socket extension with 2m cord is pretty good value anyway, along with the surge protection!

pibpob

And you really expect that a surge-protected extension lead would have … And you really expect that a surge-protected extension lead would have made the slightest bit of difference?



Yes, only electronics were damaged, not the house wiring, it wasn't a direct strike; that apart, surges happen all the time in less dramatic situations

So why would the surge protection in one of these extension leads be any more effective than the surge protection in the electronic equipment which was damaged?

Of course surges happen from time to time. That is why switch-mode power supplies (which are particularly susceptible as they contain semiconductor devices on the mains side) already have surge protection built-in. The point is that for economic reasons this will only be effective to a certain extent; the consumer is not willing to pay twice as much in order to protect against such events as nearby lightning strikes. And exactly the same applies to extension leads.

pibpob

But that is the critical point - are you really significantly better … But that is the critical point - are you really significantly better protected by using one of these? Surges aren't fiction, but equipment which is susceptible contains surge protection anyway - to a certain level. Certainly this will make no difference at all in the case of lightning strikes.



You'd think that, however 10 years ago my PC was blown because of a lightning spike, i was not protected via surge protection and like with most warrantys, they do not cover lightning strikes.

Its always better to be safe then sorry, plus these manufacturers guarntee upto a few thousand pounds for equipment connected to it. Plus at £6 its probably even more cheaper than a non-surge counterpart.

pibpob

And you really expect that a surge-protected extension lead would have … And you really expect that a surge-protected extension lead would have made the slightest bit of difference?



Correct me if I'm wrong but the whole point of a Surge Protector unit is that, in the case of a Electrical spike the Unit itself (fuses plus additional protection measures) will blow consequently no electricy will be able to flow to the devices connected... hence Surge Protection.

Shahie

Correct me if I'm wrong but the whole point of a Surge Protector unit is … Correct me if I'm wrong but the whole point of a Surge Protector unit is that, in the case of a Electrical spike the Unit itself (fuses plus additional protection measures) will blow consequently no electricy will be able to flow to the devices connected... hence Surge Protection.

I'll correct you - surge protection in these things isn't about blowing fuses, it's about absorbing the energy contained in a "surge". A fuse would respond far too slowly. I repeat my point: electronic devices which are susceptible already contain surge protection, but this, just like with extension leads, only has a very limited capability. If surge protection were a panacea, why did the nearby lightning strike described still fry all the electrical equipment in the house, despite some of it already having surge protection?

It's all a matter of proportion, which people seem to find to be a very difficult concept to grasp.
Edited by: "pibpob" 28th Feb 2011

vishal3110

Plus at £6 its probably even more cheaper than a non-surge counterpart.

I fully agree and have said so before that there's no harm in having it; however, don't go out of your way to spend money on it, because the benefits it brings might be too small to measure.

Anyone know how many high powered things I can attach to this?

Like if I add 10 computers to it will it draw enough electricity from the one socket for all of the computers to work?

Roughly 3120w worth. Which should handle 10 average spec computers...

£25 in Tesco Maryhill in Glasgow last night. Looks like it's store specific.

tzb57r

£25 in Tesco Maryhill in Glasgow last night. Looks like it's store … £25 in Tesco Maryhill in Glasgow last night. Looks like it's store specific.


did you get it scanned?
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