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Is it safe to plug an extension cord into a surge protector? Dynamics Plugins
Old 22nd April 2012
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Is it safe to plug an extension cord into a surge protector?

I want to plug the power supply of an analog synth into a 6ft extension cord that is connected to a surge protector.

I'm not sure of the scientific ramifications of doing this. Is this safe? Will I still get surge protection?

To me, it seems like using the extension cord wouldn't make a difference, since wouldn't it be exactly the same as just using a longer cord?

I was hoping someone far more knowledgeable about electricity than me could explain if this is safe or what the downsides are. Can it damage the synth, start a fire, etc?

Old 22nd April 2012
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No problem adding the 6' extension. Long long runs of hundreds of feet can create issues; this won't.

You'll still get surge protection. The protection MOVs are only good for one surge though. After that they won't protect from spikes.
Old 22nd April 2012
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+1 @Boschen
"Surge Protectors" are pretty much a myth perpetrated on consumers anyway. If you want protection from the power nasties, get a battery UPS and use it like a power conditioner. The resulting AC->DC->AC will buck any surges and spikes by its very nature.
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