The average American family will buy a surge protector or two to keep their electronics from being fried during a thunderstorm. For most of us, these affordable gizmos can be a quick and easy way to protect our larger investments in the electronic devices and appliances we rely on every day. One thing you should know before you buy a surge protector is that not all power strips are created equally.
Some unsuspecting consumers pop into the nearest electronics store, buy a power strip, and think they just did something great to protect their electronics. The truth is the average power strip offers virtually zero surge protection. It’s about as safe as plugging your television or gaming system right into the wall. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know before you buy a surge protector:
To protect your expensive and precious gadgets, you need to buy a surge protector. Sometimes we call them surge arrestors. Various reviews and studies out there provide a range of feedback on individual devices. A cheap power strip will clamp down a 600-volt surge to about 300 volts. The better quality, more expensive surge protectors will clamp it down to as low as 160 volts. The lower the voltage that gets through the surge, the less likely it is that damage will occur.
Did you know that some surge protectors come with warranties? They will repair or replace your properly connected electronics if they are damaged during a power surge or lightning strike, up to a certain dollar amount. Chances are that you will never need such a warranty, but wouldn’t it be great to know that it was there if you needed it?
For some people, power strips are primarily about having space to plug more things in. You should always buy a power strip that has more outlets than you actually need. A good rule of thumb is to have two extra outlets available just in case you need them. So if you need to plug in your television, cable box, DVD player, and a gaming system, you really need four outlets but you should have a power strip with at least six.
Eventually, surge protectors wear out. Most people don’t know this. Some power strips indicate when they are worn out, but only some. If you have experienced a power surge and you can’t tell whether your power strip is worn out, it’s probably a good idea to just buy a new surge protector to be safe.
Atlanta is coming into thunderstorm season. Now is the time to make sure your electronic devices and appliances are protected against power surges and lightning strikes. If you need advice to buy a good surge protector for your electronics, call Arc Angel at 770.889.9243.