Deciding on what power surge protector to buy is a whole long process. That is, if you truly want to protect your gadgets from power surges. Now, let us say you have decided you will just get a multi outlet power strip that will accommodate all the electronics in your living room, then what? If you set off to buy it, you will be shocked at the diversity of the power strips in the market. There are so many brands and models that you can spend a whole day just going trough them to try and discern which is the best one for you. Forget about shapes and colors, when you reach to the point of purchase, unless you want to ignore the scientific facts, the following are the factors you ought to consider:
- The clamping voltage of the device must not be too high. The lower the voltage, the better the protection. In brief, clamping voltage is what causes the MOV (the Metal Oxide Varistor) to conduct electric current to the earth. This is measured in Volts and the lower the volts the better the protection. Ideally, a clamping voltage of 120 is sufficient.
- The energy absorption rating: – this measures the amount of energy the surge protector can handle. The higher the number the better the protection. If the joule rating is less than 800, then that surge protector is as good as not there. To know how powerful the surge protector is, try converting the joules rating to watts by multiplying it by the voltage. This roughly tells you how much surge power your device is able to protect you from.
- Check the device for the response time rating. This tells the amount of time the surge protector takes to respond to a striking surge. Again, the less the hesitation, the better the protection.
The above criteria should be the first preoccupation on your mind before you can even start wondering who the most popular manufactures are or who is offering the best prices.
May manufacturers will exaggerate the safety of their products. Therefore rather than rely on their self assessment, once you have settled on what you think will do the job well, check statistics to see roughly how satisfactory the device has been to end users.. Such data can be easily available online in consumer reviews or bogs.