I have the following setup at home:
- one PC (300 W PSU)
- two 22 " TFT monitors
- a speaker system
- one external hard disk with separate PSU -
all of the devices are plugged into a multiple socket with a foot-operated switch (sorry for the poor wording. What's the real name for this ?).
Nomally (and during operations) I am well below the maximum ratings of both the safety fuse and the multiple socket (both rate at 230VDC, 16 A ==> 3680 W).
However, I just yesterday replaced the multiple socket for the second time, because the switch is no longer operational (it is always 'ON'). When I moved into a new home a year ago, I noticed that the safety fuse often triggered when I switched on the multiple socket. I then replaced the fuse with a more lazy one (meaning it does not trigger as fast on power surges)
I suspect that the issue at hand is, that the moment I switch on the TFTs and the computer PSU immediately begin loading their capacitors and I get a really hefty spike.
How could I go about this? Would it be enough to to attach a ferrit bead to the TFT cables?