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Old 06-09-2004, 11:38 AM   #1
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Timers and Surge Protectors

I came across this all-in-one timer/surge protector on Drs. FosterSmith:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...al&Np=1&N=2004

It looks pretty convienient and isn't too expensive. Anyone have experience with this? Thoughts or comments welcomed...
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Old 06-09-2004, 11:43 AM   #2
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Looks great, I'll have to get one. Thanks or sharing.
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IME, the equipment we use on these tanks is fairly resistant to power fluctuations. An exception might be electronic lighting ballasts. I have little faith in the less expensive variety of surge protectors and I don't think they really offer much protection. For true surge/brownout protection, a UPS is the only way to go. These have a battery and an inverter and will switch to battery anytime voltage levels are not within the units parameters. They are fairly sensitive...the ones I use on my computer kick over to backup power at the slightest fluctuation in voltage. Another advantage to these is they will, depending on the size you purchase, give you some run time for critical components in the event of a power failure. We get quite a bit of voltage fluctuation out here in the boonies and I have never had it affect any of my aquarium equipment including my electronic ballasts. Home Depot sells a digital timer for about $20 that I have found to be excellent. It has battery backup so it won't lose it's programming when the power is interrupted. It's rated for 15 amps and is grounded. I have been using these timers for over a year and have never had any problem with them. I think the brand name is Intermatic. They are also much more accurate than the old dial types.
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Old 06-09-2004, 10:15 PM   #4
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It may not be very useful as a surge protector, but in essence you get 4 timers and 4 extra sockets for about $25.
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Old 06-09-2004, 10:18 PM   #5
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I just found the same one at bigalsonline for $20. Looks like you use it as a wavemaker as well. (Not sure)

Here's the description:

The coralife power center offers the hobbyist many options for controlling lighting and is great for switching water pumps/powerheads on/off to create tidal flow currents. 8-Outlet timer/power strip with 4 timer controlled outlets and 4 constant-power outlets. 24 hour mechanical timer with 15 minute setting intervals. Alternate day-night cycle timer. Master on/off switch. 3 foot heavy-duty power cord. Sliding outlet safety covers. 3-Prong grounded plug and outlets. 15 amp 120 volt (1875 watts max.) circuit breaker. Ul listed.


I think Im going to order one...
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Old 06-09-2004, 10:35 PM   #6
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That might be OK. Are the timed outlets independently controlled or do they all come on at once? I think I've seen something similar to this at Home Depot...can't remember.
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Old 06-09-2004, 10:41 PM   #7
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Not sure... maybe someone who has this can chime in.
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Old 06-09-2004, 10:48 PM   #8
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They have that same power strip/timer at captivereefs.com

http://www.captivereefs.com/captiver...CatID=lt-time#

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Coralife Power Center Day/Night or Wavemaker Timer, Power center timer. 8 outlet grounded power strip with a built in timer. 4 of the outlets are always on and the other 4 are switched by the built in 24 hour mechanical timer with 15 minute setting intervals. When the timer switches on, two of the switched outlets are on and the other 2 are off. When the timer switches off, the outlets are reversed. 3-foot heavy-duty power cord. Sliding outlet safety covers. Master on/off control switch. 15 amp 120 volt (1875 watts max.)circuit breaker. UL listed.
Weight: 5 Lbs.

Price: $26
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Old 06-10-2004, 02:22 AM   #9
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saw that myself already was planning on getting one
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They work very nice and I have not had one complaint on the coralife strip/timers.
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