We Recommend a Surge Protector, always!

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Yes, any electronic, device you want protected, should be plugged into a surge protector.  We strongly recommend utilizing surge protectors.  Surge protectors not only protect, but also help extend the life of your devices.

Let’s review exactly what a surge protector is, what the benefits are of having one, and what to keep in mind when purchasing a surge protector.  When you see surge protector you may think of a power strip, but the two are actually very different.  A surge protector is an electrical device that controls power-line surges to prevent damage to the attached device(s), such as a television or computer.  Power strips cost less and are basically multiple wall outlets in one unit.  However, they do not offer protection from electrical issues like surge protectors do.  Surge protectors guarantee that safe amounts of electricity pass through your devices and protect against power surges and spikes.  The amount of protection is measured in joules – the more joules, the better.

Keep the Following in Mind During Your Search for a Surge Protector:

  • Cost – Most expensive is NOT always the best and you should buy according to what you need to protect

  • Number of Ports you’ll need (we recommend buying a surge protector with more outlets than you need)

  • Type of Ports you’ll need (e.g. power cord, telephone cord, ethernet cord, cable and satellite TV coaxial cables, USB cord, etc.)

  • Cord Length – Make sure the surge protector cord is an effective length – We recommend measuring from the power outlet to where your devices are located oWhat type of devices you’ll plug into the surge protector (e.g. PC tower, laptop, computer monitor(s), network gear (switches, routers, firewall and security appliances, etc.), servers, televisions, stereo systems, media centers, etc.)

  • The Amount of Joules (we recommend at least 1000 joules) oMake sure it has the UL (Underwriter’s Laboratories) seal and that it’s a transient voltage surge suppressor

  • Make Sure it has an Indicator Light – this shows that the surge protector is working fine and if the light isn’t working, you should purchase a new one – If you choose against an indicator light, we recommend changing surge protectors every two years or after you know it has been affected by a power surge (e.g. lightning strike, operation of high-power electrical devices like air conditions and refrigerators, faulty wiring, etc.)

  • Safety – Do NOT Daisy Chain! Plugging multiple power strips into a surge protector is a no-no and not worth the risk of damage to your connected devices.  It may also be against your local fire code.  Check your local fire codes as they may have certain rules and regulations for surge protectors.