Surge Protectors: How they Protect You

Posted by Stephanie Junek on

A power surge is a spike in power that can damage your electronics, burnt wires, damage electrical, and cause a fire.  The power surge happens once the voltage in your home electrical rises above the standard. 

The standard voltage in your home or office is 120 Volts and in 240 Volts in high-power dryer or range outlets.  The voltage spike above those standard levels can cause damage.    

Surge protectors are used to protecting electronics from power surges.  The surge protector re-directs power surges through a less resistant path, also known as the ground wire.  Keeping your electronics grounded helps provide protection to them from the power surge.  They also protect your home from an electrical fire or other issues when there is too much voltage running into your outlets. 

The surge protectors are made to detect a spike in voltage and divert it.  It is important to use them with your expensive electronic devices like TV, Computers, Stereos, and cell phones. 

Commonly surge protectors are power strips made with a surge protector built into it.  AC WORKS™ brand carries a surge protector PSROT-072.

AC WORKS® brand rotating power strip and surge protector

The PSROT-072 by AC WORKS® even has a built-in 15 Amp circuit breaker to back up the surge protection.  You can keep your cables organized and the outlets rotate allowing you to maximize space on your power strip.  This product has a clamping voltage of 330 Volts, offers surge suppression up to 2160 Joules in less than a nanosecond of response time, and a lifetime spike protection rating of 144,000A or 6KV.  Six rotating and two fixed receptacles are covered by surge protection and the circuit breaker. 

Because surge protectors are designed to take additional voltage, the damage is caused to the surge protector over time and it will need to be replaced.  The lifetime of the PSROT-072 by AC WORKS® is extended because of its Safety Shutdown Technology feature, cutting power in the event of extreme, prolonged energy spikes. 

Lightning striking close to home or a direct hit can cause a very harsh voltage spike that will not allow protection to your electronics by using a surge protector.  That type of current is too large for a protective device to help.

To be safe from a direct lightning strike during a storm you should unplug your expensive electronics.  Those electronics like microwave’s, TV, and portable heaters which require a higher peak power to switch on are more vulnerable to a damaging power surge. 

To learn more about how a surge protector works watch this week’s episode of AC WORKS® Wisdom: How Surge Protectors Work

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