Can Surge Protectors Save Your Electronics?

Electronics are an essential part of modern life. Even if you’re a fan of doing things the old-fashioned way, it’s fairly hard to get through a day without a computer, phone or other device plugged into an outlet.

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Surge Protector vs. Circuit Breaker: What’s the Difference?

Circuit breakers keep wires from catching on fire

Circuit breakers have one job: Prevent the wiring inside your house from starting a fire.

When would this happen? When there’s too much electrical current (amps) flowing through the wires,  causing them to overheat and start a fire. Wires are rated to handle a certain amount of electrical current.

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Do Surge Protectors Wear Out?

How (and when) surge protectors wear out

Surge protectors basically work like sponges. But instead of absorbing liquids, surge protectors absorb any unsafe levels of voltage before it reaches (and damages) your appliances. But unlike a sponge, a surge protector can’t just wring out all the voltage it’s absorbed and start fresh.

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Protect Your Gadgets: Why You Need a Surge Protector

Do you have your PC, television, or other expensive electronics plugged directly into a power outlet? You shouldn’t. You should plug your gadgets into a surge protector, which isn’t necessarily the same thing as a power strip.

Sure, we all might forget about surge protection because everything seems to be going fine, but it only takes one power surge or spike and your expensive electronics could become useless.

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Why (and When) You Need to Replace Your Surge Protector

Surge protectors aren’t like diamonds. They have a definite lifespan. At some point, your surge protector will stop protecting your gear from power surges and become a dumb power strip.

It’s difficult to tell exactly when a surge protector loses those protective powers and just functions as a power strip. But, if you’re still using an old surge protector you purchased ten years ago, it’s probably long past time to replace it.

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What’s the Difference Between a Power Strip and a Surge Protector?

Surge protectors often look just like power strips, but not all power strips are surge protectors. Only surge protections actually help protect your gadgets against power surges. Many power strips are just glorified extension cords without any protection. But you can tell whether a strip provides surge protection with just a few seconds of examination.

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5 Signs of Computer Lightning Damage

One of the worst things for your computer is a fluctuation in the power source. Computers are pretty delicate devices when you get right down to it. The microchips and logic boards carry very distinct accurate currents that if overloaded will cause big problems.

Electrical surges caused by power fluctuation and lightning can cause odd behaviors in your computer.  The following are a few signs that your computer may have electrical damage caused by lightning or other power anomalies.

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Why surge protection for petrol stations is critical

Company Announcement – Petrol stations are highly vulnerable to lightning strikes and surges due to their extremely sensitive control and display systems. The necessity of a lightning protection system is essential when considering the highly flammable sources of ignition on site. Prudent building regulations dictate that structures where a lightning strike can easily occur or can have serious consequences due to their location, type of construction or use, must be equipped with permanently effective lightning protection systems. Operators of petrol stations must ensure that employees, customers and pedestrians are protected against fire and explosion risks caused by fuels and vapours.

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9 things you should know about surge protectors

Whether you’re just looking to add more outlets, or want to add a layer of protection between your gear and the outside world, you’ll eventually want to buy a surge protector.

With an incredible range of prices and features, not to mention a barrage of questionable marketing promises, it’s hard to figure out what’s worth the money, and what’s nonsense.

To help you sort through it all, here are nine things you should know about surge protectors.

For a little background, check out what makes a good surge protector. This article is the spiritual successor to that piece, though we’ll cover some similar ground.

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How Surge Protectors Work

When you put together a computer system, one piece of standard equipment you’ll probably buy is a surge protector. Most designs serve one immediately obvious function — they let you plug multiple components into one power outlet. With all of the different components that make up a computer system, this is definitely a useful device.

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