Surge Suppressor

A surge suppressor is known by many different names but most commonly is known as either a surge suppressor or a surge protector. A surge suppressor is a unit that is placed in the alternating current or AC to prevent damage to electronic equipment that would be the result of voltage spikes that are called transients. In some circles the surge suppressor is called a transient protector, since the unit is protecting the electronics from the transients. Many people call the transients “electrical surges” and that is basically what they are: sudden surges of more electrical current than the typical electronic device can safely handle without malfunctioning.

The problem with transients is that they are huge spikes, and though they are short in duration they can damage modern electronic equipment in an instant. To be more specific, AC utility voltage is generally in the range of 110 to 120 volts and the peak voltage is anywhere from 16 to 170 volts at a frequency of 60 hertz. The problem is that transients, while short in duration, reach several hundred volts. The transients are caused by a variety of different issues, but lightening is a typical culprit, as it can cause thousands of volts to be carried into the electrical equipment of the surrounding homes and offices, damaging and even ruining them.

The surge suppressor has a job, this job is to prevent the peak AC voltage from going above a certain threshold, usually plus or minus 200 volts. What happens is that if the transient pulses are above this threshold, the surge suppressor short circuits and doesn’t allow for the pulse to get through to the electronic device. While the transient still occurs, the surge suppressor interrupts the spike in voltage so that it cannot get to or damage the device that is plugged into it.

The surge suppressor should be used as a matter of course with all electrical devices such as television sets, computers, printers, stereos, and this type of thing. These are the electrical units that are most susceptible to the transients. While the surge suppressor will help to prevent the surges from the common transient, it is important to note that even the best surge suppressor may not be relied upon to help prevent damage from transients produced by lightening strikes.

The best thing to do to make sure that your equipment is always kept safe from lightening strikes and transients is to plug everything into a surge suppressor. You should note that if you have extension cords and the like that you may actually be rendering the surge suppressor useless, so plug your items right into it to have it be the most effective and get the most protection. Then, when you are not using the items you should simply unplug the suppressor’s main power cord. This may seem inconvenient, but it is a lot more convenient than having all of your electronics ruined by a lightening strike or powerful transient.

It doesn’t matter where you live or how prone your area is to lightening strikes, you should have all of your items plugged directly into a surge suppressor. Every area experiences transients, as there are many causes. If you do live in an area where lightening strikes are common, you should definitely follow the advice of unplugging the suppressor’s main power cord when your items are not in use or when you know that lightening prone weather is in the area. This may not prevent all mishaps, but it will give you an extra layer of protection from the harmful effects of transients.

This Surge Suppressor Review is Written/Updated on Mar 28th, 2009 and filed under Home Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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