Surge protectors are one of the most cost-effective ways to protect your devices. They act as a barrier between any current fluctuations and your electrical devices. Surge Protectors give safety and protection to electrical appliances against high voltage and power spikes.
Here are some facts you should know about surge protectors to guide you in case you’re getting one:
- Brand and type: When it comes to anything electrical related, it’s always better to go for a reputable brand. Brands that are well established and is known for providing good quality and standard often provide long term guarantee that will save you money in the long run.
- Surge protectors vs power strips: A power strip plug allows you to plug in multiple electronic devices. A surge protector functions like a power strip. It will give you the ability to plug in multiple electronic devices but at the same time, it protects your electronic devices from a power spike.
- More joule more shielding: Different devices mean different needs in shielding it from surges at different levels. Higher shielding devices must be attached to a surge protector that gives more electric service which is directly proportional to the joule.
- Load capacity: The load capacity of a surge protector depends on the amp. The larger the amp the better the load capacity.
- Outlet numbers: Higher number of outlets doesn’t always mean that it’s better. Sometimes, it’s the very opposite. The number of outlets should always be according to the buyer’s needs.
- Choose Universal: Surge protectors come in variations. Choose one that gives you access to different plugs. There are surge protectors that are universal and are designed to accept a broad range of worldwide consumer plugs.
- Response time: The response time is a moment by which a surge protector can detect the arrival of a surge. The lesser the response time, the more quickly a surge protector can detect a surge.
- Not ideal cushion: If you buy a surge protector and use it for heavy devices, keep in mind is that a surge protector is not an ideal cushion. In the harsh events, a surge may be so strong that a surge protector can’t handle your devices. In that case, you have to disconnect your devices immediately.
Power surges can cause damages to your devices and using a surge protector is one of the simplest ways in order to avoid that from happening. However, aside from using surge protectors, you have to make sure that your home’s electrical system is properly maintained. If you have any electrical concerns, we’re always here to help! Reach us at (956) 758-3669