Well.....how old is the surge suppressor at the panel, and are you certain that it hasn't taken multiple hits over time?
[/QUOTE It's about 5yrs old and as well as I know it's never taken a hit. Maybe 8 power outages in that time. No lightning strikes. I have never had to reset the breakers it is tied to.
What is it exactly that you are trying to protect? an aquarium heater?
. 2x Canister filters, 2x Hood lamps (LED & Fluorescent), 2x heaters & 1x timer controller, & an air pump. I guess nothing is very "sensitive". I guess I fell down the rabbit hole when I started looking at power distribution. Ok I will just go with functionality and practicality. What ever fits the space and is easy to access. I guess I need to put on my low tech hat when I am not dealing with my computers, phones, and printers.What is it exactly that you are trying to protect? an aquarium heater?
Thanks for pulling me back up from the rabbit hole, or back down to Earth. I was just trying to cover too many eventualities. I do like the thought of a UPS on the tank to run things if I am not home to hook up the generator. But the cost to run the watts that I need (on at least 2 of my tanks) for an undetermined amount of time is just not practical. It's not like I have $$$$$$$ invested in my creatures it's more of a personal thing.For that, a VERY inexpensive surge suppressed plug strip will be fine--mainly to have everything under the control of a single switch. Something on sale at Home Depot or WalMart, with enough outlets, will be adequate.