Tips For Surge Protection

Tips On How To Protect Your Electronic Devices From Electricity Flashes

A surge device – is basically an appliance or electrical device meant to protect electrical appliances from sudden voltage spikes in the electrical circuit. The sudden surge in voltage may cause injury to the electrical appliance and may even be deadly to people who are not grounded or working under protected voltage conditions. A surge protector can help protect appliances such as refrigerators, televisions, air conditioners and other similar electrical appliance against power surges. However, when one uses a surge protector device, one should always use it when the appliances have been turned on and when plugged into the surge protector. This is to ensure the best performance of the device.

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A typical surge protection device contains certain elements like an overload circuit breaker, a surge suppressor and a leveler. It is usually installed near the overloaded or potentially overloaded electric circuit. The device is connected to the overloaded circuit either by way of a short-circuit or a fuse. Generally the overload current capacity of the appliance being protected is indicated on the surge protection device itself.


There are several factors which determine the overload current capacity of an electrical system. They are load currents (amps) to which the appliance is being attached; actual physical resistance to the flow of electricity in the circuit; and the total combined resistance of all the loads connected to the circuit. One may also include the insulation of the circuit or the grounding conductor in the circuit to be protected. A useful tip for protecting the electrical system is to install a surge protection device with an overload current protection rating of five Amperes or more. If the appliance being protected has an overload rating, the device is placed in a location where it can be easily heard and felt.


In the event that a surge protection device’s current overload capacity falls below its rated voltage level, the device will become damaged and the damage may be catastrophic. This may even result in a fire starting inside the house! The rating of the surge protection device, in Amperes, should never exceed the total load rating of the appliance itself. The amperes rating is measured in either volts or amps. The difference between the two is that amps are used to measure the voltage level while volts measure the amount of force which is exerted on an electric charge.


In some cases, the best way to protect from power surges is to install a surge protection device at the point where the electrical devices are located. Many household electronic appliances use batteries, which tend to develop memory over a period of time and remember the voltage level at which they are charged. If the batteries are charged to their maximum capacity, this can result in a tremendous surge in the voltage level. Thus, instead of being able to operate at full capacity most appliances simply shut down.


In addition to protecting appliances from surges, a surge protection device which is placed near communication lines is also an excellent idea. Most communication lines are fitted with a ground wire which passes through the premises. If there is a fault in any of the communication lines, all of the electrical devices in the building will be affected. These devices include computers, printers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), cell phones, televisions and other electronic devices. An electric surge that occurs near any of these items can disable them for a period of time, which may make it impossible to carry on with business or personal communication.

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