USP Had 3 Pins, Now Its Got 2 Pins... Is it Still Good for a PC?

  1. yahanna's Avatar
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    USP Had 3 Pins, Now Its Got 2 Pins... Is it Still Good for a PC?


    I got a USP (universal surge protector) thats had a 3-pin connector. One of the pins broke off so its got 2 pins. Will it be ok to use to connect to many devices including a gaming PC without any power issues?
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  2. spunk's Avatar
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    The 3rd pin is a Ground. There will be no power issue, but if there is a power surge, it could burn up any computer devices hooked up to it.
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  3. CountMike's Avatar
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    Surge protectors relay on ground to channel surges in voltage, without it, it's just an extension cable. It may provide power but without any protection.
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  4. Winuser's Avatar
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    If it's the round one in the middle it's the ground. If it's one of the flat ones on the side it's either hot or neutral. I would toss it and get a new surge protector.
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  5. bobkn's Avatar
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    If the surge protector cost more than $20 or equivalent, and you can use a wire stripper, buy a replacement plug for a few dollars.

    I suppose that if you were comfortable with that idea, you wouldn't have posted.
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