Best Surge Protectors and Reviews - Trust Me, You NEED This
Don't Let This Happen To You: GET A SURGE PROTECTOR!
See this photo? It should be enough to prove to you why you need the best surge protector you can afford.
Heck. This should show you why you should have ANY surge protector! This is the screen of my barely 1 1/2 year old HP laptop. You will notice that there is no "boot device" detected. You will notice that there is no operating system.
This sad story is the SECOND time this has happened to me. No more. This particular event happened over Memorial Day weekend, 2012, when John and I were enjoying an amazing weekend in Portland, Maine's "Old Port" - a very fun place to be.
The weather was perfect. Blue skies, clean spring air...
Until that night...
We always bring our laptops with us when we go away. We stay in a nice hotel that has wifi for our convenience.
What they DON'T have is a surge protector in the room - and that night, I left my computer plugged in.
A big thunderstorm roared through in the middle of the night. A doozy of a storm, complete with lots of lightening.
You do see where this is going, don't you?
The next morning, my computer was dead.
This article will offer suggestions on surge protectors. Get one. Bring it with you on vacation. And then... UNPLUG IT WHEN YOU'RE DONE!
A Storm Rolled Through...
Lightening can be fascinating to watch (uh... from a safe distance) - but this is not the first time it has played havoc with my equipment. Please learn from my mistakes!
If You are At This Website, Then You are on a Computer
And if you are on a computer, you need a power surge protector.
I mean it!
What is a Power Surge? - This video gives the short answer...
Basically speaking, a power surge is a "high energy event" that occurs on your wiring. This short video explains.
The Cost of a Power Surge versus Power Surge Protector...
My latest receipt
As you can see from THIS sorry photo, that I had to buy a new computer to the tune of $529.99 (no sales tax in New Hampshire). Oh... this was AFTER I spent $100 having a computer tech tell me that my hard drive was gone.
Evidently, I could have sent my hard drive to a lab with a "clean room" where they could have attempted to recover my data. It was going to cost about ... well, one estimate was over $1,000.
The new computer was cheaper.
BUT... you know what would have been cheaper than a new computer? A POWER SURGE PROTECTOR!
(John and I call incidents like these "seminars." Some of our "seminars" are more expensive than others.)
PS: Update: I also have since purchased a program (Carbonite) that backs up my computer to this thing called "the cloud." Ordinarily, I wouldn't trust all my precious writing and photos to be somewhere in the ether, but it has given me at least the illusion of peace of mind.
How Does A Surge Protector Work? (In a Nutshell)
According to the guys over at "How Stuff Works," a surge protector takes the excess voltage and diverts it to the grounding wire (the outlet's grounding wire, that is). See next module for more...
How a Surge Protector Works... - Clearly Explained in My Precise Drawing
So, this is according to the guys over at How Stuff Works. The thing in my drawing that says "Stuff that diverts the extra voltage to the ground wire" is actually something called a "metal oxide varistor, or MOV" (whatever THAT is).
If you'd like to read their stuff about this, and if you understand it, please let me know. All I know is that everyone seems to agree that we need surge protectors. (Source: http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/everyday-tech...
Quick Tip: Make Sure Your Surge Protector Has a "Grounding" Light
(to indicate whether or not your outlet is grounded)
My surge protector - pictured here - has 2 little lights on it: A light indicating that it's actively protecting my equipment, and the other (green light) that indicates that it's grounded.
That's important. Otherwise, where will the excess voltage go?
Let's Cut to the Chase and SHOP FOR A POWER SURGE PROTECTOR!
Enough fun and games. This is serious business. Buy yourself a power surge protector today! Here are a few to choose from.
WHICH Surge Protector Should I Buy for My Laptop or Computer? - Here's something I just learned!
Throughout this ordeal of my own computer crashing, I've learned more about surge protectors than I ever did before. KEY POINT: The MORE "joules" it is rated for, the BETTER! If it has a rating of say, 1,000 joules, it can handle - or absorb - more energy than one that's only rated for, say, 300 joules.
This means that you should occasionally replace your surge protector! It can ONLY HANDLE SO MANY "HITS" BEFORE IT IS NO LONGER EFFECTIVELY PROTECTING YOUR EQUIPMENT!
Honestly, I hadn't known this.
So, for less than $30, you can get a surge protector like this Tripp Lite with over 3,000 joules rating.
Trust me. It's less expensive than a computer.
It's got a joules rating of about 3,345, it's affordable, and as I mentioned above, it's cheaper than a new computer.
Oh, if you have a landline telephone or fax or modem, there's a protector outlet on this surch protector for that as well.
Did I mention it's cheaper than a computer? :) Sorry to keep harping on this, but I'm a tad bit sensitive these days.
RV Surge Protector
I happened to be at a yard sale when I saw THIS surge protector (see picture). I talked to the guy about it - turns out he is an electrician.
He said that some RVs may already have them built in - so check this out before you commit to buying one. Typically, he said, they will be 30 - 50 amps.
30 - 50 amp Surge Protectors for RVs
Based on what I learned from the electrician, here are a couple of RV Surge Protectors you can browse. Again, check to be sure you need one before buying one. Your RV may have one already.
Let me know your thoughts on my knowledge-packed and informative article! :)