What are the Pros & Cons of Surge Protectors?

Many people believe that the concept of ‘power’ is simply based upon whether the power is on or off. This is simply not true!  Surge protectors are designed to protect the sensitive, delicate components from the many variations of power spikes or surges.  Surge protectors provide protection to the many electronic components found in the 21st century home. In fact, our prized electronic devices actually receive repeated assaults – power spikes and surges, every day.

Routers, mobile phones, and other high-tech digital devices remain vulnerable to these power surges.  Proactively protecting your electronics is more critical than ever, because we, as a modern society,  have truly come to rely on our technology for pretty much everything.

What is an Electrical Surge?

It is a quick increase in voltage that exceeds the normal flow of electricity in your home.  The standard in the U.S. is 120 volts, although world standards vary.   Therefore, if the voltage in an American home rises beyond  120 volts, damage is likely to occur.

Three Types of Surge protectors:

Strip-style Protectors provide low to medium protection levels.  These are inexpensive and not recommended for high-end electronics.   Ensure that you know the joule rating of the surge protector.  These are best for use with clocks or lamps, etc.

Station Style Protectors provide medium to high protection levels. These are larger, and often provide eco-friendly controls that shut off devices when draining power needlessly. They often have secondary surge protection capabilities to protect data lines like the Ethernet.

Uninterruptible Power Supplies  take energy protection to the next level by providing outlets with a battery backup in case of a power loss.  Some UPS’ can be larger than a desktop PC.  Most low to medium priced UPS units provide about 10 minutes of battery backup power to a Desktop PC/Monitor.  UPS’ are a prudent choice when backing up business computers.

Surge Protector Pros

  • They are agile.
  • They are affordable.
  •  You can use a surge protector wherever you can find an electrical outlet.

Surge Protector Cons

  • Its limited use – strip surge protectors applications should not be used with hard-wired appliances like a dishwasher or a stove.

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December 28, 2017 6:07 pm