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# 80135 27-Mar-2011 11:09
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Curious to know if there has been much notice of electronic devices failing due to power fluctuations in Christchurch after the Feb earthquake.

I've had the mains adapter for Toshiba laptop go 'pop' and no longer working. There was no outage or brown out at the time. And no other device at home has failed. I suspect the fault is unrelated to the quake and more likely to be due to early component failure, but the retailer may claim it is quake damage and should be an insurance claim.

I'd like to know if there have been other reports of electronic faults as this may suggest one way or the other what is 'typical'.

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  # 452349 27-Mar-2011 11:43
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Nothing in the way of computers, but my parents electronic clock, the digital bedside kind, gained about 1/2 an hour a day after the earthquake, now in the rubbish. The microwave clock face also went funny, most of the bars that make up the numbers/instructions went, so you had to be careful with input so you knew how long you were cooking for. Also about to go in the bin.

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  # 452350 27-Mar-2011 11:46
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Slightly OT, but apparently quite a few of the Arc Innovations smart meters (which were installed for meridian customers) had backup power supply failures which meant they stopped sending usage readings. A guy came round and replaced our one last week.

We are in the west so only lost power for 6 hours so for the unit to fail is pretty poor

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