1.    06 Mar 2017 #1
    Join Date : Sep 2016
    Posts : 97

    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.    06 Mar 2017 #2
    Join Date : Jun 2016
    Los Angeles
    Posts : 1,042
    Windows 10 Pro

    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.    07 Mar 2017 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    Posts : 10,454
    W10 Insider + Linux

    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.    07 Mar 2017 #4
    Join Date : Jun 2014
    Posts : 5,530
    Windows 10 Pro

    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.    07 Mar 2017 #5
    Join Date : May 2015
    Posts : 1,645
    Win 10 X64 Pro 15063

    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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