Power surge protection
Trouble with sensitive electrical equipment?
Surge diverters are designed to even out fluctuations in power supply — something that can be very important for sensitive appliances such as computers and audio equipment. The easiest way to include a surge diverter in audio or computer circuits is to buy a multiple socket with surge protection included. Not only will it protect your equipment, it will let you plug multiple components into one socket.
The main job of a surge diverter is to protect your equipment from surges in the flow of electricity or, in other words, transient voltage. When the electrical voltage coming into your house rises above the standard voltage it can cause problems. If the increase lasts one or two nanoseconds it is called a 'spike'. If it lasts 3 or more nanoseconds it is called a 'surge'. Whichever it is, in basic terms, there is too much electrical pressure running through the
wires. Sometimes this can build up heat which may cause wire or component damage.
Even if increases in voltage do not immediately incapacitate your machine they might put extra strain on components and wear them down over time.
Surge-protective multi boxes have an ON/OFF switch that shows a light when the surge protection is on. Some are simply a range of electrical sockets. Others include phone jack output and modem/fax/telephone input.