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  • Over Voltage Protection on Printers, is it a must have?

     Myles Brewer updated 1 year ago 4Members · 6 Posts
  • Myles Brewer

    Member
    January 14, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Hi All,
    Happy New Year to everyone & hope you all had a great Christmas.

    I took delivery last week of our new HP 365 & whilst reading through the site prep guide I notice a section about powerline disturbances & it recommends the use of some sort of "Over Voltage & Transient Protection". I presume this is similar to a UPS that you’d have for the PC etc. But just wondering how necessary this is & do any of you have this & if so what type?

    The power supply for the HP is 2 16amp sockets so not sure if there are units that you can just plug into?

    Thanks
    Regards
    Myles

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    January 18, 2020 at 2:49 am

    Does this not just mean like "surge protection"?
    If so, then I can see why because the last thing you want is an electrical surge to blow your £20k printer board or whatever…

    This may be an extreme example, but our town centre had a large electrical surge problem about a year ago.
    We only suffered minor damage in as much as it blew the hard drive for our video cameras, popped multiple LED G10 bulbs and some other minor things that our insurances covered us for. However, other work units suffered electrical fires catching their building etc.
    I know very little about electrical things in general, but after seeing how sudden and unexpected this type of thing can happen and completely out of your control. it’s worth having the protection in place. We were lucky to only claim for a few hundred pounds worth of things. but had this been our cutters, our latex machines, CNC router etc and the insurance small print stated surge protection and we didn’t have it. that could easily close you down in one hit…

  • Colin Crabb

    Member
    January 18, 2020 at 9:15 am

    Rob is correct, it’s referring to ‘surge protection’ or in 18th edition electrics SPD (surge protection devices).

    Have an electrician check your consumer unit or distribution board to see if its fitted or integrated – our Hager board has a surge protection module fitted, protecting everything.

  • Phill Fenton

    Member
    January 18, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    I don’t know if my main distribution board had surge protection built in but as a precaution I plug my computers, cutter and printer into extension leads with in built surge protection. These leads are inexpensive to buy


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  • Myles Brewer

    Member
    January 20, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    I agree with you all that it’s best to have something & I seriously doubt my fuse board would have anything built in as I’m working from home so it’s a regular domestic board!
    I do have the regular surge protection extensions for the basic electronic devices & a ups for the PC.
    But the printer is different as it uses those blue 16amp sockets!! I did ask the electrician who fitted the sockets & he just very helpfully said it should be fine!!!
    Does anyone have surge protection that works on these sockets? Or know how to get around it?

  • Myles Brewer

    Member
    January 20, 2020 at 9:50 pm
    quote Myles Brewer:

    I agree with you all that it’s best to have something & I seriously doubt my fuse board would have anything built in as I’m working from home so it’s a regular domestic board!
    I do have the regular surge protection extensions for the basic electronic devices & a ups for the PC.
    But the printer is different as it uses those blue 16amp sockets!! I did ask the electrician who fitted the sockets & he just very helpfully said it should be fine!!!
    Does anyone have surge protection that works on these sockets? Or know how to get around it?

    This type socket

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