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How To Safely Use Surge Protectors

Surge Protectors
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There is no better feeling than being able to plug in multiple electronic devices at the same time. It’s the greatest feeling knowing that you can have a separate or shared panel for every plug. You can buy a surge protector that allows you to plug in multiple devices, which only makes use of one panel. There can be consequences to using too many multi-plugs at the same time. Especially if you’re confusing a surge protector with a power strip.

Every appliance has a certain electrical output. This means it needs a certain amount of energy to work. It’s simple – you can’t expect a power bank to power a laptop. Certain electronic items also make use of a converter. This lowers the electrical output from the panel to your device. So, you’re not charging your phone with the full current, but rather at the capacity required to charge it. If the energy is not converted properly your electrical appliance can break.

The Difference Between A Power Strip and A Surge Protector

Technically, both a power strip and a surge protector look like they’re exactly the same thing. They both allow for multiple devices to be plugged in at the same time. However, a surge protector has some pretty telling differences.

Cost-wise a surge protector is more expensive than a normal power strip. When it comes to the features this is where it packs a punch. They can have a light installed near the power button. These light-up when plugged in.

The main feature is what truly stands out. A surge protector contains components such as a safety switch, which can help protect your devices. There are times when electrical current surges, when this happens appliances without surge protection are damaged. Unfortunately, you can’t plan for electrical spikes, they happen randomly. This is why it’s important to use surge protectors instead of regular power strips. Keep in mind that appliances affected by an electrical surge CAN fuse, creating sparks that can lead to an electrical fire.

How To Use A Surge Protector Properly?

A general rule of thumb is to not use surge protectors for high-powered appliances such as your washing machine. It’s also advised to not connect multiple surge protectors together. It may seem like a handy way to get more outlets but all it is, is an electrical fire hazard. If you would like to lengthen the reach of your surge protector, make use of an extension cord instead.

Keep in mind that an extension cord is not a permanent solution but rather a temporary one.

How Do I Know If It’s Overloaded?

While you can plug in multiple devices, keep in mind that it depends on the type of device you’re plugging in. For example, it may seem like a lot to have seven cellphones charging at the same time. However, those seven cellphones use less electrical current than a toaster, coffee pot, and an airfryer used at the same time. You don’t want to risk causing unnecessary issues. If the protector feels hot to the touch – it may be overloading, unplug unnecessary appliances.

Things To Keep In Mind When Buying A Surge Protector

While saving some money is always great, there are things you shouldn’t skimp on. A surge protector will often offer protection against a certain number of joules. The higher the number, the more protection you have. Just keep in mind that if electrical surges are common in your area, your protector will wear out over time.

Some manufacturers may offer a warranty on their surge protectors in case of failure. Take note when making your purchase and ensure that you’re using it correctly. Also try to avoid gimmicks and stick to trusted and reputable brands for your household’s surge protection.

Whole House Surge Protection

There may come a time when you’re tired of buying individual surge protectors. You may want to explore the possibility of whole house surge protection. This will give you added peace of mind, knowing that your entire house is covered. At Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric we are more than happy to help you protect your home. Contact us today at 1-800-475-1504 to find out how you can get covered!


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