surge protectors for preppers

Surge protectors are live saving

Surge Protectors are life saving
How to pick a surge protector and the value of having them

Did you know the real value of a surge protector? It's not to
save your computer, it's to save your life! A surge protector
guards against voltage spikes and will certainly help you save
your computer, but the real value of a surge protector for
preppers is in its safety features. Think of it as your anti-shock
device.

Did you know that during the Solar Storm of 1889, known as the
Carrington Event,telegraph operators suffered electric shock? If
only surge protectors had been invented! The Carrington Event
was the largest recorded geomagnetic storm, and they say it
could happen again. Only this time the devastation will be much
worse because we have more equipment and more humans
operating the equipment.

So now you know. Surge protectors can add a layer of protection
guarding against the devastating consequences of an
ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP) related electrocution.

How to Pick the Proper Surge Protection
There's a lot to know about choosing the proper power surge
protection for your home, but for preppers there is one
specification that stands above the rest. Here's how to pick a
surge protector that will meet your needs in prepping...

Features to note in surge protection:

  • Joules (measure of electrical energy):  The most
    noteworthy of specifications on your surge protection is the
    Joule rating. A Joule is a unit of electrical energy (named
    after English physicist James Prescott Joule (1818–1889). It's
    the absorbing power of a surge protector. The more Joules
    your surge protector has the more power it has to cushion
    the blow from a devastating surge.  

    It's all about the family joules, you might say, and a little
    math. If you have a surge protector with 2000 Joules, then
    that surge protector can take ten 100- joule hits or one big
    2000-joule hit.  When the joules are used up, your surge
    protection is gone.

    Preppers should select a surge protector with the highest
    Joules possible to guard against an EMP whether it's a wall
    mounted surge protection or extended cable power strip.

  • Cordless surge protection (power in wall tabs).
    Sometimes cords get in the way. If your appliance is close to
    the outlet, consider cordless outlet power protection. The
    Belkin outlet power surge protector, pictured immediate left,
    is a surge protector that plugs directly into the wall to avoid
    cord problems.

    If your device or appliance isn't so close to the power source,
    then you'll need to look for a corded power strip with surge
    protection.

  • Power strip with built in surge protection (extended
    power).  A power strip will help you extend the length of
    your power cable, but make sure it has built in surge
    protection. Not all power strips include surge protection! How
    can you tell the difference between an ordinary power strip
    and one that has built-in surge protection? Look for a surge
    protector light, but more importantly look at the
    specifications and a high number of Joules! Power strips have
    around 200 Joules, but a surge protector starts at around
    2,000 Joules!

  • Outlets. The more outlets the better! Invest in a surge
    protector that has at least six outlets. You'll use them!

  • USB (Universal Serial Bus) connections. USB ports enable
    charging of compatible mobile phones, tablets, digital
    cameras and other USB-powered devices. Hotel rooms never
    seem to have enough power outlets to charge all your
    devices. A mini surge protector adds protection. Pictured
    right, Belkin's  Mini Surge Protector

  • Warranty warning: A warranty may provide a layer of
    security on your surge protection, but just because the
    device has such promises, doesnt' mean you'll ever see a
    dime. You may need to go through some hoops to get it. For
    example, you might need to keep the box, mail the unit back
    to the manufacturer, work with your insurance company,
    provide proof of purchase, and keep tabs on how old it is. A
    warranty may expire five years from date of purchase.


Why do you need a surge protector?
A surge protector helps regulate or manage the overflow of
electricity from your service provider to you. While it seems we
have a constant flow of electricity to our homes, the reality is
that electricity isn't a constant. The flow of electricity actually
moves from areas of high electric potential energy to areas of low
electric potential energy traveling on the wire, and sometimes
there are blips in this potential energy. Voltage is a measure of
this potential energy. Because it's not a constant, sometimes
voltage increases. This is a surge. If the surge is high enough, it
can destroy equipment, and maybe you (as it did with telegraph
operators in the Solar Storm of 1889).

Causes of surges may be:
  • Thunderstorms and lightning strikes;
  • Tree limbs touching power lines;
  • Faulty wiring;
  • Animal getting onto the transformer;
  • Internal power outages (refrigerators, air conditioners, hair
    dryers, power tool and other appliances shutting off;
  • Electromagnetic Pulse (Solar Storms or bio-terrorist attack).

A surge protector detects excess voltage and then diverts this
extra electricity into the grounding wire.  One way to stop the
surge is to unplug your equipment. This is not practical since you
need your equipment and since you'd only be protecting it when
you're not plugged. That would leave you vulnerable. So now you
know, and now you know why you need a surge protector.

Tips on Surge protectors:
Here's how to pick a surge protector that will meet your needs in
prepping...

  • Think beyond your computer and T.V. Think of a surge
    protector as necessary maintenance tool for your electronic
    devices (and your life). Without proper surge protection you'll
    ruin your appliances if there's an electrical overload;
    however, if there's an extreme overload, as with an EMP
    event, you could get killed. Imagine prepping for years with
    food storage, ammunition and supplies, only to get killed
    opening a refrigerator or loading the dryer at the wrong time!
    This underscores the importance of surge protection for
    preppers.

  • Consider a whole house surge protector. Installing a
    "Whole House" surge protector can help prevent electrical
    damages to all your appliances, no matter which room.
    Install a "Whole House" surge protector with the help of an
    electrician, but first watch the video below.

  • Install surge protectors throughout your home:




















What's the difference between a power strip and a surge
protector?
Choosing the proper power surge protection product is important
particularly to preppers. There is a distinction between a power
strip, a surge protector, a surge arrestor and a home electronics
protection device (or a whole house surge protector). Here is a
run down of the differences...

  • Power Strip.  A power strip is not the same as a surge
    protector! While many power strips include built-in surge
    protection, some models simply extend the line of power you
    have. In other words, a power strip helps expand your power
    socket. The purpose of the power strip is to add more
    outlets. They usually do nothing more.

  • Surge Protector or Surge Suppressor. A Ssurge protector,
    also called a surge suppressor, helps control extremely fast,
    high-voltage transients or surges common in electrical
    systems. In ordinary times, voltage transients damage
    electrical equipment instantly or degrade the components on
    the circuit boards over time, resulting in shorter life
    expectancies of your electrical equipment. Surge Protectors
    are like an insurance policy against electrical transients
    caused by voltage surges, such as lightning surges and
    utility-related and other surge events.

  • Surge arrestor. A surge arrester protect electrical
    equipment from over-voltage transients caused by external
    (lightning) or internal (switching) events.

  • Home Electronics Protection Device. The Home Electronics
    Protective Device (HEPD), pictured immediate left, provides
    surge suppression at residential load centers. It's compact
    and affordable surge suppression that's designed to be
    installed next to residential load centers. HEPDs work
    together with surge protection plug strips to provide surge
    suppression for sensitive electronics. HEPDs reduce surges
    that might otherwise overwhelm plug strips and damage
    connected household equipment. HEPDs also provide surge
    suppression for important items such as washers, dryers,
    refrigerators, stoves, and lighting that plug strips don’t
    protect.

More important information on surge protectors

  • Did you know surge protectors wear out over time?
    Diamonds might be forever, but not a surge protector.
    They're good for around 5 years (and so is your warranty if
    you have one). After that, it's about time to get a new one.
    Check out Amazon's Surge Protectors Buying Guide to learn
    how surge protectors keep your devices safe:

  • Remember to unplug during severe storms! If you know
    mother nature is headed your way with a fury, the simplest
    thing you can do to protect your devices is to unplug them
    before the storm.

  • Consider also a CO Detector! When a blackout hits,
    electrical shock is not the only danger. The primary cause of
    death during an ordinary blackout is carbon monoxide
    poisoning!

There's a lot to know about prepping with surge protectors and
we hope this article helped underscore the significance that this
device can make in your prepping efforts. Now that you know the
importance of prepping with surge protectors, you know to install
surge protectors at every opportunity in your home. Because
without surge protection you might get killed!

Top selling surge protectors on this page include Belkin.

Rethink your preps in terms of everyday survival. A surge
protector can provide a happily ever after for your computer and
your life!
Happy endings...
There's a lot to know about prepping with surge protectors.
Without surge protection you'll ruin your appliances or possibly
get killed in an extreme overload (e.g. EMP event). Now you know
how to pick a surge protector that will meet your needs in
prepping.

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