The term “power surge” refers to a spike in voltage that elevates a device’s electric flow past its designated threshold. A power surge can be categorized in one of two ways:
In both instances, our surge protectors work by diverting the extra electricity into an outlet’s grounding wiring, saving the connected devices from absorbing this excess power and overheating or short-circuiting.
Although commonly referred to as a surge protector, other names include spike suppressor, surge suppressor, surge diverter, surge protection device (SPD), or transient voltage surge suppressor (TVSS).
Observing basic safety guidelines minimizes potential risks for device malfunction. Precautionary measures include (but are not limited to):
Replacing a surge protector after a power surge event, for example, a lightning storm, is key. When a power surge occurs, our surge protector’s joule capacity will likely take a big hit, making the device less effective. Even without a major power surge, a good rule of thumb is to replace our surge protectors every two years.
In addition to using our surge protectors properly and effectively, taking small proactive steps to prevent internal power surges is also key to ensuring the safety of devices. While external power surges are somewhat unavoidable, internal power surges can be curbed.
With over 35 years of experience in creating quality, innovative consumer products, Belkin is uniquely positioned to supply individuals and businesses with surge protectors. Rigorous testing, end-to-end control of the manufacturing process, and human-inspired design make our surge protectors must-haves.