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Surge Protection, Cables & Accessories
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PC Health 101: Surge Protection Cables and Accessories
Constant and invariable voltage spikes characterize most domestic and commercial supply power systems around the globe. Persistent over-voltages and electric storms continue to plague the electricity industry, despite the drastic measures taken by engineers to curb this phenomenon. So this begs the questions; how safe is your desktop, laptop or workstation? Did you know that a severe voltage surge or transient could do more irreversible damage to your system than any worm or virus can? Have you taken any measures, in this light, to protect your rather expensive computing paraphernalia?
It is clear that the necessity of investing in a reliable surge protection equipment, can't be overstated. Luckily, the market currently offers a huge range of surge shields and solutions to choose from, respective to your budget, needs or specific hardware. The primary aim being both data (software) and hardware protection, some of these appliances are inclusive of the following;
Power-boards fitted with a surge-arrestor
This looks pretty much like your conventional on-the-go power extension outlet. The main difference being that it is precisely engineered to offer protection against fluctuating power to the devices connected to the supply grid through it. The appliance in addition to shielding your electronic equipment, also offers an advantageous energy-saving feature. This is by turning off power flow to any battery connected devices as soon it is fully charged. For those of us that use a handful of equipment at the same time, these power-boards offer multiple outlets plus that needed extra layer of protection. These types of protectors are highly recommended for cushioning personal computers, tablets and home entertainment electronics from an unreliable power system.
Universal or travel adapters
These appliances have in-built power surge shields to guard against spikes to one or two devices at a go.The adapters are highly preferable to those of us who don't necessarily use a ton of equipment at a specific time. Besides the protection they offer, universal adapters are rated for both 110V (North America) plus 220V (International/ European) power. This is a key beneficial edge if you travel around a lot or use dual voltage appliances, this means that a single adapter can serve your multiple needs. These adapters are mostly lightweight, easily to carry around with a slim built ideal for travelers. Different electrical ratings are available including. 5A, 15A, 100-220V depending on the respective device rating that you intend to use with.
Power banks/Conditioners and Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems
Initially designed for providing a back up system to aid against frequent blackouts, these systems have recently been integrated in the surge protection industry. The UPS or power bank basically acts as the middle man between the power outlet and the equipment in question. After it is fully charged, power is delivered levelly to your device, this further implies that in case of any abnormalities such as transients in the utility line, the UPS' circuit breakers will cut off the mains supply before any damage is impacted to your computer. Most power banks and UPS have extra coaxial-in and RJ45 ports for extra transient shielding.
Secure and quality USB cables
Specially made Universal Serial Bus cables used for data connection between different electronic equipment are available to ensure maximum guard against power surges that can travel over normal coax cables. Moreover a quality USB cable assures you against data loss resulting from unsecured connection.