Surge Protector: A Simple Mechanism Description

Written by T.L. McMullen

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UL1449: Standard rated by Underwriters Laboratories asrepparttar minimum protection standards for surge protectors. It rates suppressors byrepparttar 145174 amount of voltage passage they allow.

Protection Indicator: LED indicator as to metal-oxide varistors functioning. MOVs do not last forever – one lightening strike can fry them out.

Line Conditioning: Most surge protectors contain this feature. It filters out line noise using a toroidal choke coil to “condition”repparttar 145175 current.

Power Switch: There are manual on/off power switches as well as circuit switches. Circuit switches are useful for keeping some components running while others are shut off.

Circuit Breaker or Fuse: A fuse is a resistor that can conduct current below a certain level. Ifrepparttar 145176 current is higher than acceptable, heat burnsrepparttar 145177 fuse and cuts offrepparttar 145178 circuit. Breakers are more economical than fuses as they do not have to be replaced.

Protection Guarantee: Readrepparttar 145179 terms and conditions carefully! It is important to understand your consumer rights inrepparttar 145180 event of damage to devices your surge protector neglects to protect (Kozierok). According to data published on Hewlett Packard’s website, recent statistics reveal 63 percent of all electronics casualties arerepparttar 145181 result of a power related problem. Most affected are devices using computer chips and high-speed microprocessors. Unprotected computers can suffer hardware degradation and extensive damage when exposed to power surges (Power Protect Your Computer).

The cost of a surge protector varies greatly depending on user needs. Basic models sell for as low as $10 but one should be cautious as torepparttar 145182 capabilities these units offer.

NOTE: It is important to connect all peripheral equipment torepparttar 145183 surge protector for complete protection. This includes phone jacks, modems, cables, and any other external devices that will receive electrical current.

All visuals have been removed from this article to comply withrepparttar 145184 publishing rules for this site.

Additional Resources

Gamble, T. “Storm Season” 15 Sep. 2004

Harris, T. “How Surge Protectors Work” 15 Sep. 2004

Kozierok, C.M. “External Power Problems” 15 Sep. 2004,

Power Protect Your Computer, 15 Sep. 2004

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6 Ways To Prevent Identity Theft

Written by Gary Gresham

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4. Be aware when your bills usually arrive every month and check them over carefully. Thieves can steal your credit card statements and this popular type of identity theft has been around for decades. 5. Don't use common numbers like your birthdate orrepparttar last four digits of your Social Security number for your ATM password. If you have done this change it immediately. This is a common mistake people make and one ofrepparttar 144990 quickest ways to prevent Identity theft. 6. Never give out your Social Security number unless it is absolutely necessary. Your employer, financial institution and doctor need it for identification and tax reporting. But if someone else asks for your Social Security number, always question why they need it and be cautious when giving it to anyone. For maximum protection against identity theft keep any personal information about you as private as possible. Use these 6 ways to prevent identity theft and you will have a much better chance of avoiding this nightmare.

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