• Mar

    Travelers: Protect Your Computer & Electronics from Being Destroyed by Power Surges


    Having a surge protector is really important when working with a computer. It doesn’t take much for an electrical surge to damage your electronics.

    Here are some things to look for:

    • A response time of 10 nanoseconds or less
    • The ability to absorb 800 joules, minimum
    • A failure light so you know if the suppressor is defective
    • Make sure the suppressor can block electricity from phone lines.
    • Make sure that you can feed cable outlets through the suppressor
    • Ensure that it has enough outlets in different sizes for all your components
    • Make sure that the warranty is honored in case of damage to the suppressor or your hardware
    • Make sure it has a UL stamp (Underwriters Laboratory) and complies with the UL 1449 specifications. Protection comes in 3 numbers, 330, 440 and 550. The lower number offers the best protection.
    • Finally, don’t count on your suppressor to stop lightning. Unplug all appliances during a storm. Even the best surge protectors might not work under these conditions. You don’t want to find out the hard way.

    As for recommended brands, my personal preferences are APC and Belkin.

    I use these for my my laptop, at home and on the road. I use the small APC surge protector on the road and the Belkin power bar at home. So far, I’ve used my suppressor all over Canada, the United States and Mexico with no problems.

    Some might disagree, but surge protectors can be a lifesaver, even on the road. Another important consideration is when you should replace your surge protector. Generally, it’s recommended that you replace your hardware every 3-5 years. With surge protectors you could shoot for 5 years.

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