Surge protectors: we all have it, but we don't all use it properly. It is no secret that today's technology has evolved a lot, and we have more devices than we have plugs in the wall, but we really do need to choose it carefully. Just like every device is different, not all surge protectors are similar, meaning that some of them can put your gadgets at risk. That is why we have talked to an electrician and sorted out the and the bad safe protectors and how to use both power boards and surge protectors safely.
Understand the Difference Between a Power Strip and a Surge Protector
First of all, you need to understand that not every power strip is a surge protector. A power strip can split the outlet into multiple ports, while a surge protector has the power to protect your electronics against power surges.
When in the store looking to buy power boards and surge protector, you need to choose the ones that will meet your needs and budget as well. Once you have chosen the power boards, it is time to choose the surge protection. When it comes to this, look for the words surge protection, interrupter switch or fused strip. If it says only power board this means that it doesn't offer surge protection at all, so you need to be careful.
Choose the Right Surge Protector for Your Needs
Choosing the right surge protector can be quite tricky, so you better look at the following four major points before you do a mistake.
- Before you make the purchase, you need to understand the right number of ports you'll need. Not every surge protector is six or eight ports, some of them have12 ports with enough space in between, so you can use them all.
- The second thing to consider is the type of gear you’ll plug into the surge protector. For instance, your TV and home entertainment center will need a more robust surge protector than the phone charger and lamp on your nightstand.
- You should also check the surge protector’s energy absorption rating, and the “clamping voltage”. By checking the absorption rating we mean that you need to see how much energy it can absorb before it fails. Look for something at least 6-700 joules or higher.
- The clamping voltage, on the other hand, is the voltage that will trigger the surge protector, and you should look for something around 400V or less.
- Check the warranty, especially the things that are covered and the ones that are not.
You can also look for some other features, like a remote control that you can use to turn the surge protector on or off along with the devices, or for a surge protector that automatically turns off when your devices turn off.