Power strip + surge protector

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I have a lot of electronics and I don't like having multiple surge protectors so I was just wondering if it would be safe to get a non-surge protected power strip (like this http://www.amazon.com/Tripp-Lite-PS3612-Multiple-outlets/dp/B00005115S/ref=sr_1_12?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1314502722&sr=1-12) and plug it into a surge protector (like this http://www.amazon.com/Tripp-Lite-ULTRABLOK428-Protector-Direct-plug/dp/B00006B81D/ref=sr_1_7?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1314502467&sr=1-7) so long as the amperages match up?
 
Unfortunately there are no standards for surge protection capacity.

The are three basic things that can go wrong with AC power; 1) Sag, 2) Spike, and 3) Surge.

A surge protector will handle minor power surges; these surges occur when devices are switched ON and OFF in the home as well as in the neighborhood.

A surge protector will not handle any sags. A UPS system will help.

Spikes will not be handled by a surge protector very well. UPS will help.

A good analogy is comparing surges to 'High Tides', 'Tidal Waves' and finally the worst 'Tsunami'.

To summarize, a decent Tripp Lite (or similar) surge protector will be good enough for most home devices.

During a thunderstorm, UNPLUG devices from the wall outlet. I have more than one computer and it is inconvenient but I do this during thunderstorms. Merely switching them OFF will not be good enough. A Lightning strike can easily jump across terminals in any switch/outlet.

Here is more information on the topic: http://www.surgeassure.com/faq.aspx
 
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