AC WORKS® Library — AC WORKS Wisdom

What Are The Differences Between Surge Protectors And Circuit Breakers?

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There can be a wide variety of protective technology built into an electrical appliance, but the two most common are surge protectors and circuit breakers. So what is the difference between the two? Surge protectors protect your electrical appliances from voltage spikes. A voltage spike is when a cord or appliance exceeds the voltage it is rated for, resulting in permanent damage to your appliance. The most common places you will see these installed are power strips like our PSROT-072. Usually, you will have computers, TVs, entertainment systems, and office equipment plugged into one of these. The most common cause...

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The Differences Between L530 and L1430 Inlets

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The summertime can be nice and warm out, but can also present dangerous hazards like severe weather. So as you de-winterize your home, double check your emergency power systems, or are thinking of getting a new system installed, there are some important things to remember. The most common outlets on portable generators tend to be NEMA L5-30 and NEMA L14-30, so you want to be sure you have the correct inlets and cords to go with them. Depending on the max wattage output of your generator, you will be able to supply up to 3750 watts with an L530 outlet...

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How to Find the Right Adapter Using a Product Catalog

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Over the past couple of weeks, we have reviewed a couple of ways to find the right adapter. If you are someone who is a visual learner or knows what the adapter will be used for but can’t quite identify it, this next method is for you. If you or your business are part of our marketing target, or you ordered something from us previously, chances are that you have seen one of our single sheet product catalogs. We have several of these catalogs for the various categories of uses that our products fall under. We have them for EV...

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How to Use Our Outlet Solutions Page

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Last time, we reviewed how to identify the plug and outlet you need to adapt, and how to search for the correct adapter on our site. If you are still confused about the different plugs and outlets, we have another useful tool to help you: the Outlet Solutions Page. If your outlet doesn’t have the NEMA configuration or other helpful information printed on it, this page is perfect for you. Go to acworks.com, then click on the “Outlet Solutions” header. There, we have pictures of nearly every possible outlet that is being used today. Simply scroll through and click on...

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How to Search for AC WORKS® Products

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Figuring out what electrical connection you have can sometimes be tricky. There are so many different plug and connector NEMA configurations out there that it can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, most plugs and outlets actually come with their NEMA configurations printed on them. If you can’t find yours, you can look at our NEMA configuration chart on our downloads page. Once you are on acworks.com, click on the search bar. Then, simply type in the numbers associated with the connections you are trying to adapt. The outlet you are trying to get power from should always be your first...

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