James: Thanks! Jeff said it too
Well, not quite-- I didn’t specify that you should avoid surge protectors both upstream AND downstream of the UPS. This is also an argument for a true UPS with realistic “sine wave” output.
It would be nice if they powered themselves back up when the power came back, I suppose
There is a way to do this for power interruptions via the BIOS, but I don’t know if a clean shutdown counts or not.
would we be better off just buying a truckload of cheap suppresser, and replacing than every 6 months?
Well, maybe, but are you REALLY going to be conscientious about replacing a half-dozen surge suppressors every 6 months? What are you gonna do, write the date on them, like a box of baking soda in the fridge? I think it’s easier to have an “I still work” LED that you can eyeball. Who knows, maybe your surge suppressor will still be chugging along 3 years from now.