Surge suppressors to test wall outlet ground?

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Old 01-28-13, 11:30 AM
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Surge suppressors to test wall outlet ground?

Are the ground indicator lights on surge suppressors reliable for testing whether wall outlets are grounded properly?
 
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Old 01-28-13, 04:02 PM
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No, surge suppressors are not designed and are not rated to be used as electrical test equipment.

There are two tools you can use to test for ground. One is a plug-in receptacle tester. Get one that also tests for GFCI protection. The other is an inexpensive analog multimeter. Example: Craftsman Analog Multimeter
 
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Old 01-28-13, 04:37 PM
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I find them to be pretty reliable. Most of the cheaper ones I've found to use an LED between line and ground. My APC's and Tripp Lite's use some fancy circuitry.
 
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Thanks. This question is related to another thread I started about electrical shocks and computers

None of the stores sell anti-static spray. Guess I'll have to order it online
 
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