A Guide To Buying The Right Surge Protector

Posted on: 29 April 2015

Before using your electrical components, consider investing in a surge protector. Surge protectors are responsible for keeping your electrical devices from experiencing any type of surge in electricity. The following guide will help you choose the right surge protector for your needs.

Decide on a Number of Outlets

Before purchasing a surge protector, consider how many outlets you need to have. Determine the items you plan to plug into the surge protector and purchase the item with the desired number of ports available.

Types of Surge Protectors

There are a variety of surge protectors available to meet the needs of your home. Some of the most popular ones include:

  • Battery backups – Uninterrupted power supply with backup battery in case power fails
  • Whole house protectors – Commonly installed on your main electrical panel to protect the entire house's power supply against electrical surges
  • Wall mounted protectors – Plugs into a wall outlet and operates the same way as a wall outlet with the added bonus of protecting appliances from power surges
  • Surge protector strips – Most common type of surge protector, plugs into a standard wall outlet and houses the connection for a number of electric devices

Types of Connections

Surge protectors can accommodate all types of connections, and will meet your needs if you need to plug in a telephone and computer or an Ethernet cable and USB cord. Some of the most common types of connections on a surge protector include:

  • Ethernet ports
  • Power cord ports
  • USB cord slots
  • Cable and television cords
  • Telephone jacks

Indicator Light Option

Some surge protectors come with indicator lights to warn you about the status of the protector and your devices. Once your unit has absorbed all of the electrical surges it can, the indicator light will turn off.

Check for a Warranty

Many surge protectors come with a warranty that covers your electrical items when a surge is able to get through the protector. If you are looking for that extra level of protection, you want to double check to ensure there is a warranty in place. This way you would not lose your electronic appliances if the power surged and your surge protector failed to perform.

Purchasing a surge protector is a good idea, especially if you have valuable electrical items that are being used throughout your home. The above guide can help you get started on picking the right protector for your needs. If you decide to install a whole house surge protector, consider hiring an electrician to make sure it gets installed to the electrical panel of your home properly. 

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