Originally Posted by joemama127
Just curious, how many electronic components have you had destroyed by lightning/power surges? I live in Texas with frequent violent thunderstorms and I've never had anything go bad due to that. I'm not saying that the device you posted would be a bad idea (and it may indeed save you some day) but most high-end modern electronics aren't nearly as sensitive to power issues as even those from 20 years ago. Some electronics makers actually advise against plugging into a UPS or surge protector...(I use one anyway though)
I've never had anything fried by lightning itself. However, at the start of one outage a bout 5 years ago, I had a Tivo hard disk fried. It wasn't that we had an outage. it was how the outage occurred. After a couple of quick ons and offs, the outage finally kicked in. During that in-out cycle is when the disk fried. Fortunately, nothing else was damaged. Since that date however, I've always had a UPS with at least AVR capabilities attached to my TV's and DVRs. Once I did that, I began to notice a lot of electrical 'events' that caused the UPS/AVR to beep and act as protection for my equipment. it's not unusual to have 1-3 beep events a week. Just for reference, my house is not ancient (built in 1986) and all of my utilities are underground.
About two years ago, I purchased a Sony SXRD 60" RPTV. Since it has a bulb that can be affected by loss of power (no cooling w/o power), I now have another reason to use a UPS. It's my understanding that a single loss of power/cooling can drastically reduce bulb brightness and effective life.
So, how much I need to spend on a UPS/AVR is certainly debatable. But in my mind, I do need one.