I live in an apartment with only two-prong outlets. I have the 3-prong to 2-prong adapters that hook onto the screw on the plate of the outlet, but I don't think I'm getting the kind of protection I need. I've noticed a definite decrease in performance with both a laptop and a desktop computer -- and one desktop inexplicably stopped starting up completely. I've talked to a friend in the same building, and he had issues with a receiver, so I definitely think it might be good to invest in some kind of protection for PCs, TV, gaming systems, and audio equipment.
I had a CyberPower UPS and the "Ground Fault" indicator light was always lit when I plugged it in, and it recently kicked the bucket (probably just a battery issue, but maybe due to...bad electricity!? Dun dun dunnnn!), so I've been forced to look for options for a new source of protection. I've been using this for the past 4 months, but I'm not sure how much protection it's offering me (I wasn't using this when I started having pc issues): http://www.amazon.com/TLP76MSG-Switched-Outlet-Conserve-Protector/dp/B0068LACFI/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1404848314&sr=8-12&keywords=tripp+lite+surge+protector
From what I've read, surge protectors generally don't offer full protection for ungrounded, two prong outlets, and using MOV protectors in these outlets can be a safety hazard. I kinda thought my only option was to move, but then I found ZeroSurge's products, and, after contacting them directly, they confirmed that their products would protect my electronics with my outlets the way they are now and informed me about potential fire hazards from using MOV based protection.
I'm just wondering: in your opinion, do you think it's worth investing in a heavy duty product like this or am I maybe taking things a little too far in estimating the potential damages? They're definitely expensive, but it's cheaper than moving and worth it to protect my stuff. I'm a little hesitant to shell out the cash, so I'm just interested in opinions surrounding the importance of surge protection.
Thank you to anyone who takes the time to read and reply to this!