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Protecting Your Electrical Devices From Surges is Really Important

Jun 29, 2008
When it comes to purchasing electronics, everyone knows that they are not cheap. However, too many people fail to protect their investment. Any form of electronic device which receives cable television from a land line feed or even a dish is susceptible to being destroyed by electrical surges in their feed. This can come from many things, but in most cases it is as of a result of lightning striking a telephone pole or a satellite dish.

If you have ever had the opportunity to look inside of a computer or other piece of electronic device, you will notice that in the power transformer area of the device there is a number of capacitors, rectifiers, resistors as well as fuses. All of these components combined do an excellent job at protecting your electronics from power surges through the AC lines, but the truth is that roughly 9 out of every 10 electronics power systems damaged are a result of surges coming through the data communication lines.

These unprotected systems like phone and cable are highly susceptible to lightning strikes and without the proper protection, you could be sending in an expensive electronic component to the repair shop.

Now when it comes to the cable data line, almost everyone has one of these in their homes. They have either a satellite dish or a landline connection and most even get their internet through these connections as well. It is important to protect your investments from these surges with a proper surge protector. One of the biggest downfalls when it comes to finding the proper coaxial surge protector is their designs.

The most common form of coaxial surge protector is what is known as a quarter-wave coaxial surge arrestor. Now these are a great way of protecting your equipment except for one major disadvantage. Quarter-wave surge protectors have a limited band pass, which means that they will only work on 2.4 to 5 GHz and will prevent the lower frequencies such as cable television to pass through them. Likewise, there are some that will only work on the cable television frequencies and fail to let broadband data through.

While the only obvious solution appears to be that you will need two different types for all your connection, this is not the case. There is also a standard wave coaxial arrestor which has a wider band spectrum allowing both the cable television frequencies through as well as digital communications.

Protecting communication equipment is not a new concept. The original systems used were known as a gas discharge system in which the arrestor uses a tube filled with gas to break the metal connections between the equipment and the line. These are still used today especially in radio communications, but are not only very expensive, but their band pass is very limited.

The Surgender is capable of protecting your electronic devices from the lower analog cable frequencies all the way up to the higher 5 GHz data communication frequencies. Able to withstand over 5000 Amps of electrical current for just over 100 nanoseconds, the Surgender can protect your electronic equipment by filtering out the frequencies that the surges occur on. It is also capable of handling multiple surges within only microseconds of each other without any electrical damage to your electronic devices.

Keeping your electronic components safe means protecting them from all possible electrical surges and anything that you can plug into an electronic device is a potential path for destructive electrical surges. Regardless as to whether it is a surge coming across a coaxial fee or an analog telephone wire, it can be potentially dangerous to your expensive equipment.

Saving your equipment from these potential hazards means using a surge protector. But keep in mind that not all surge protectors are created equal and if you are in the need of protecting your equipment from coaxial surges, then you should look into getting a Surgender because it just plainly works.

Do not get caught in a lightning storm just to find your expensive electronic devices unprotected because as compared to the costs associated with sending that device to be repaired, it is not only simpler, but cheaper to be prepared. Preparation for these possible electronic threatening surges means covering your telephone line with a good surge protector as well as using a Surgender on the back of all of your electronic devices which are connected to the outside world.

A Surgender is like a spare tire for your car, it is the safety net which can mean the difference between using your equipment after a possible surge and having to take that equipment to the repair shop. Do not get caught without the proper electronic and communication device protection from destructive power surges that can access them through any outside connection.
About the Author
Steve is the owner of SurgeEnder , a site that specializes in getting you these types of surge protectors.
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