Wednesday, May 28, 2008

What To Look For In A Surge Protector

Homes and offices can be destroyed within seconds by power surges or fluctuations. Delicate electronics and valuable machinery can turn into liabilities if you don’t protect them from harm. According to experts it is sensible to safeguard your office, toys, game room, and electronic equipment from power surges and spikes by installing a surge protector.

Here are a few insights into what to look for in a surge protector:

- Look for a surge protector with a lower UL rating. Always compare clamping voltages and check whether the rating reflects 500amp results.

- Invest in a surge protector that protects all three lines; hot, neutral, and ground.

- Ask whether the surge protector has a circuit breaker, one that stops the flow of electricity when there is overloading too. Overloading problems are distinct from surges or spikes.

- An ideal surge protector must shut off all power to outlets when the situation is beyond its controls.

- Seek maximum protection and insist on a surge protector that has a ground indicator light.

- Find out what the response time of the machine is. The response rating indicates how fast the surge protect will react. Choose a protector that has a fast response time.

- Choose a surge protector that offers coax line protection and has a specially designed digital satellite jack.

- Many surge protectors have an alarm that rings to warn that it is not functioning and should be replaced or repaired.

Don't forget to check warranties, service requirements, adaptability and features before you buy a surge protector. Look for a warranty that includes a data recovery clause. This is a much needed bonus these days with computers function everywhere.

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