Picking the Right Surge Protector for Electronics

Published: Thursday April 25, 2019 15:22

With a desktop computer, you likely need extra outlets for a monitor, printer, desktop speakers, wireless router, mobile devices, and other gadgets. While both these options offer extra outlets, that’s where general similarities end. Most (but not all) surge protectors are also power strips, but power strips are not surge protectors. You’ll often see the two types displayed together on the same aisle of your local hardware or electronics retail store.

Surge protectors work by diverting excess voltage into the grounding port of a wall outlet. Without this feature, the excess voltage would flow through all connected power cables and cause permanent damage to connected devices. 

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