Ingram Micro, a technology
reseller for computer consultants and others who sell computer
equipment, told me about a new line of surge protectors they released.
When I received the information I thought, how simple and silly…a
surge protector. You can buy these things from Radio Shack, Home Depot,
Staples…just about anywhere.
However, after thinking about it, I wondered, how many computers go
down and data is lost due to power surges? One of the simplest ways to
protect oneself is through a surge protector. I learned further that
all surge protectors are not the same – some are better than others.
I asked an Ingram Micro representative a few questions.
Why do power surges occur?
A power surge is a boost or spike in the electric voltage occurs
within a power line. This boost in electrical energy increases the
current flowing to your AC wall outlet. A number of different things
can cause this to happen.
The most typical power surge/spikes sources include:
- Faulty wiring
- Utility equipment problems (power grid switching)
- Downed power lines
- Failed electrical transformers
- Equipment with variable demands for power, such as a refrigerator
A familiar cause of power surges and the most powerful is lightning.
Lightning strikes cause dramatic surges that are carried through power
lines, run along poles, and enter into electrical systems within
buildings. Lightning strikes (direct or indirect) can boost electrical
pressure by millions of volts and cause power interruptions and
extensive equipment and data damage.
More common surge causes involve the operation of high power
electrical devices that require larger amounts of energy to turn off
and on (referred to as switching). These switching surges are much less
intense than lightning but can be powerful enough to damage electronic
components because they occur on a consistent basis within the
electrical system of a building.
Power surges enter an office or home environment through several
paths. For example, electrical surges caused by lightning, enter the
home through cable TV/satellite dish cables, through the incoming
telephone lines, or through the incoming electrical service line.
Adequate power protection is vital to ensure that expensive data and
electronic equipment is not permanently damaged.
Are all surge protectors the same?
Not all Surge protectors are created equal. V7 (Ingram
Micro’s house brand) makes surge protectors in partnership with one of
the top manufacturers in the world to provide the highest quality and
value for our customers. Our surge protectors are manufactured with
RoHS compliancy, certified by UL, come with a Connected Equipment
Assurance and are backed by a lifetime warranty. Durable and strictly
tested, V7 Surge protectors provide the most essential features
required by demanding users. These include surge protected AC outlets,
widely-spaced transformer outlets, EMI/RFI filtering, phone/fax (RJ11),
coaxial (RJ45) connection protection, and outlet safety covers. V7
Surge protectors offer unsurpassed power protection and peace of mind.
Safeguard your home/office appliances, electronics and connected
devices with reliable V7 surge protection.
If all surge protectors aren’t the same, then what are the traits consumers should look for in a surge protector?