In September I'm moving from the US to South Korea. South Korea uses 220V/60Hz power and the continental European C/E/F-style plugs. As part of my budgeting process, I'm working on determining what electrical equipment I need to buy. For my devices which are rated only for 120V, the decision is easy - I will buy a step-down transformer and connect my US-bought surge protector to it, then connect the 120V devices through the surge protector as needed.
But for the devices which are rated for 120-240V, I'm having a harder time figuring out what to do. I want to limit the use of the step-down transformer since it'll be expensive and I want to maximize its life, so I want to connect these devices directly to Korea's 220V outlets. I know I can do this by either changing the plugs or using simple adapters, but I still need surge protection for these devices, and I'm having a hard time finding any surge protectors on Korea's major online shopping sites. I don't speak Korean perfectly yet, so I could be wrong, but it seems like all of their "safety" power strips actually just have a circuit breaker and not a surge protector. (Specifically, they say they will interrupt the power if the current is too high, which sounds to me like the description of a circuit breaker and not a surge protector.)
Would it be better to buy one of these circuit breaker power strips in Korea and hope for the best surge-wise, or would it be better to find a way to order a surge protector intended for use in continental Europe?
Continental Europe's power matches Korea's in every way except that Korea uses 60Hz and Europe uses 50Hz.
Does that matter in a surge protector?