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Travel Surge Protector Buying Tips

Updated on September 28, 2011

Protect Your Mobile Devices With a Travel Surge Protector

If you travel with electronic devices that are somewhat expensive and important to you, then having a travel surge protector could save you from catastrophe that can result from power surges, lightning strikes, and so forth. These devices can also provide additional outlets for assuring you can plug in all of the devices your bring along.

On this page you will find information to help you choose a good travel surge protector and see a variety that are available online.

Buying Tips

Here are a few things to consider before choosing a mini surge protector for travel:

  • Portability
    Check the dimensions and weight of the product you are considering. Make sure it is something you can make room for in your bag. You also want to consider the cord length. In addition, having a retractable or folding plug can make the device a better item to pack.
  • Protection
    The best travel surge protector will offer protection from power surges or spikes as well as grounding problems. It will also need to be capable of protecting the types of lines you will be using. The ability to protect both telephone/modem/coax lines and ethernet are typically important while traveling.

    In addition, some of the better devices have a light or some type of indicator to let you know that things are indeed protected or if there is a problem with the device, the grounding, and so forth.

    You will also want to know that the protection will be adequate. You will see "joules" stated on many of these devices. Joules indicate how much energy the device can absorb so a higher rating is better. Certainly, you want a 600 Joules rating or better. The voltage clamping is also important as this tells you at what point the device will sever the line to your equipment, this number will be lower, 400 or less.

    A travel surge protector should also be UL approved. A device must pass a myraid of tests to achieve this, including measurements of the voltage they allow to pass through to your equipment.
  • Compatibility
    You'll need to be sure the device you choose will have the number of outlets you need. as well as the right connections; for instance, either 2 prong or 3 prong plugs. If you'll be traveling outside of the country, you'll also need to assure that it can be used at the right voltage as this varies by country. (110/120 in North America and 220/240 in most of Europe)
  • Other Features
    Some of these mini surge protectors do come with a warranty to cover the cost of any connected equipment that might be damaged while in use.

    Some also offer USB charging for portable devices.


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      Tony 7 years ago

      Great advice. I never travel without one.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Never thought of a travel one. But I do use theses at home.

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      Another device I should add to my wish list! LOL Great info, Mulberry!