Just so you know, a surge protector will do jack shit against a direct lightning strike
exactly. or even near hits, such as on a line. anyway, interesting poll results.
I do wish I had the reliable power and luck some of the responders have.
now, i live in the sticks on 14 acres of woods. personally I have power go out several times a year because of thunderstorms here. sometimes because of trees getting hit and messing up lines, other times the transformer fuses get blown or the transformers themselves are damaged.
within a thousand feet of my house I count 5 trees that were hit. 2 were blown in two, 3 just have that strip of bark blown off. and thats just what I can see at the tree line at the edge of the property. further into the woods, who knows. when the hits happen my outlets actually make sizzling noises.
as for UPS's, for dedicated miners I agree they are pointless. miners draw too much power for cheap ones to be used, and who cares about the file system. just reimage the drives if the file system gets whacked. my UPS's are on rigs that are used for other things as well; my dedicated miner just rides on a suppressor.
"the internet does not go down." err, yeah. its designed to keep going with parts down. thats by design.
"stores do not close." of course not. customers come 1st. I sure would be pissed if stores closed during storms and so would you. and profits outweigh potential equipment damage. plus, most commercial
building around here have lightning arresters on the mains. residential properties
generally do not. and please note, lightning arresters <> surge suppressors.
and for surge strip warranties. heh. sure. even if its honored, you really want to wait 3+ months with dead equipment? send it all in for inspection? ever gone through it? 15 grand worth of A/V equipment here, plus 5 or so more of computers. Ill keep unplugging.
EDIT: BTW that 10% figure is wrong, thats 10% just the last few month during thunderstorm season. in a year its more like 1-2%. Ive added an edit to my original post.