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As far as Battery back-ups go, I highly recommend APC.
I have whole-house suppression, including on the cable line.
All the electronics are connected to the mains via an APC of some sort. (word to the wise... remember to replace the batteries when needed!) since I have set up this double protection system, with the house wide and the APC units, I have had far fewer problems with hardware dying on me. (just a couple of PSU's and two ReplayTV hard drives have failed since I got the last part of the system protected.
As far as surge suppressors, all I can speak to is the Radio Shack branded ones. Some time around 1992, I got one for like $60 for my computer. it lasted through many thunderstorms, until about 2001, when it blew the "Sacrificial Circuit" (a fast acting fuse that will kill all power if the clamping circuit is to old or overloaded to clamp on the spike fast enough.
the suppressor would no longer pass any power to the outlets, but the computer was 100% functional. I replaced it with another Radio Shack unit, which has served many purposes. presently it sits next to an APC Back-ups XS 1300. the APC provided battery power to my ReplayTV and cable box, and now my HD Tivo with CableCard. The Radio Shack unit protects the LCD tv, and gives me a convenient place behind the tv for all the wall warts for charging my iPod, Smart Phone, NiMh Battery charger, etc.
you can get a Radio Shack suppressor pretty cheap, even one with an equipment protection insurance policy. Those are the units I use to protect non-computer expensive electronics, (the computers are on APC back-ups)
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