Whether it’s the home office, home entertainment centre, game room, or kitchen, investing in safeguarding your electronics is always a good idea. Discover our selection of surge protectors with features like USB charger ports, built-in circuit breakers, and more, online or in-store.
Surge protectors act like an electrical sponge, absorbing dangerous excess voltage and preventing most of it from reaching your sensitive electronics. Like a sponge, surge protectors have a limited capacity to absorb. Once the capacity is reached, the unit is no longer protecting your equipment and it should be replaced. There are surge protectors that come with indicator lights let will let you know if it is still in working order.
Surge control is important because even small surges or spikes can eventually destroy or affect the performance of expensive electronic equipment, such as computers, phones, TVs, and microwaves. Damage can occur either instantaneously or over time as smaller surges cause the gradual deterioration of internal circuitry.
Surges and spikes are an increase in "normal" electrical line voltage, often caused by a sudden change or demand for more electricity, such as turning on a garbage disposal, air conditioner, washer, or other large appliances.
Either type of disturbance can damage electronic equipment beyond practical repair. In addition to a change in demand for electricity, bad weather (lightning) and everyday electric utility company switching and maintenance can produce damaging electrical surges on the power line.
When shopping, note the difference between a power strip and a surge protector. Power strips offer additional outlet space, while surge protectors provide protection from changes in electrical current.
Most surge protectors are now equipped with USB charging ports. It allows you to charge your phone or tablet directly from your surge protector, protecting it in case of a power surge or spike.
A built-in circuit breaker protects the surge protector from a power overload. It can be reset to ensure the unit doesn’t become overloaded and damage any connected electronics.
Surge indicator lights let you know the unit is working. Once the unit has reached its capacity and is no longer protecting connected devices, the light will go out. The ground indicator light shows that the "ground" path is intact to provide safety.
If the surge protector features a power cord: