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    dehumidifier + surge protector

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    Would anyone recomend bringing these items? Or should one buy it there? And I hear the dehumidifier is a necessity with all the mold growth and all, but is the surge protector as such? Thanks!

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    I would bring a surge protector over a dehumidifier any day of the week. In fact I would go as far as saying you don't need a dehumidifier at all and it's a huge waste of money and space to bring one down. Why do I say that? because all the rooms are air conditioned. Mold is only a problem when they turn everything off during summer and winter breaks, and guess what your dehumidifier won't help you then because it will be packed away in a box.

    Surge protectors on the other hand are about twice the price they are in the US and the quality will be much less. Also surges and outages happen at least once a term and so a good surge protector is highly recommended if not required. I would also go as far as bringing a mini-travel surge protector so that you can surge protect your laptop when you're in the library or one of the study areas.

    However, something 1000X better than a surge protector is a constant power supply. Because trough's in electricity are more common than surges, and they can do just as much damage to your laptop. I have had two laptops ruined by a trough and know 3 others with the same issues. What happens is the electricity level dips causing your hd to spin slower this causes the needle that's reading the hd to grind into the disk making scratches. These scratches will cause your laptop to run much slower or fail in general. That's why if you look at any computer that's owned by the school you'll see a big box attached to it that box is a constant power supply which delivers a constant flow of electricity to what ever it's hooked up to it thus preventing both surges and troughs. APC makes some great constant power supplies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RussianJoo View Post
    However, something 1000X better than a surge protector is a constant power supply. Because trough's in electricity are more common than surges, and they can do just as much damage to your laptop. I have had two laptops ruined by a trough and know 3 others with the same issues. What happens is the electricity level dips causing your hd to spin slower this causes the needle that's reading the hd to grind into the disk making scratches.
    where did you learn this? I have never heard of dips in electricity in a laptop with a battery to cause a hdd to spin slower.

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    computer engineering 101.
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    sorry i meant to say uninterrupted power supply not a constant power supply. here's a wiki link.

    Uninterruptible power supply - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    thanks for the advice RJ

    btw if anyone who is coming down is curious, I bought a portable surge protector for my laptop at the computer store near IGA (I was getting tired of lugging my power strip with me everywhere) and it set me back around 50 us... you can buy the exact same thing in the states for 10-15 bucks so BRING ONE DOWN!

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    if you are living on campus, no need for a dehumidifier. Just turn up your AC till it is dry enough. The epson printer i brought to grenada will not work without the AC on, as it is too humid, and the paper becomes soft and curls up and jams in the printer. It's kind of stupid, but keep that in mind if you bring a printer.
    If living off campus, it might be costly to keep AC on 24/7, but don't know how good a dehumidifier is, doubt it is as good as an AC turned on 24/7 though.

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    yea i would have to agree with not needing a dehumidifier. The surge protector is a good idea, but i had stuff plugged in not through the protector and have not had a problem (in 2 semesters). If your worried about your laptop get a lock, i've heard more stories about them getting stolen.

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    A dehumidifier works by the same principle as an A/C, so if you run it off campus, be prepared to pay out of the EAS.
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