It’s important to note that a “surge protector” is not synonymous with “power strip.” A power strip is not an automatic surge protector. A surge protector limits the voltage supplied to an electric device to ground any unnecessary voltages above a safe level. It’s literally a life-saver for expensive devices that have intricate microprocessors. This includes computers, TVs, stereo systems, media centers, and high-tech kitchen appliances.
The first thing you’ll want to look for in buying one is an indicator light. This light is the most obvious indicator that your surge protector is working fine. Surge protectors don’t last forever. When the light is out, it’s time to buy a new surge protector. Simple, right?
There are some more basics to consider, such as:
- Clamping voltage (look for voltage below 400 for home use)
- Joule rating (best for household use is 600 or higher)
- Response time (look for 1 nanosecond or faster)
A surge protector limits the voltage supplied to an electric device to ground any unnecessary voltages above a safe level. Have our Electrician check this out for you.
Contact AJ’s Electrical today for more information on surge protection for your home or business.