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  1. But don’t confuse power strips with surge protectors. Power strips are multiple outlets on a strip. Surge protectors protect your electronics from electrical problems such as surges, spikes, or distant lightning strikes.
  2. Surge protectors are not required for all items but you’ll want them for expensive devices. This is especially true if they have microprocessors, such as computers, televisions, newer kitchen appliances, etc.
  3. When you buy a surge protector, get one with an indicator light. This is a must! Surge protectors don’t last forever; even when the surge protector diverts a surge so your electronics aren’t damaged, the protector itself can be damaged. An indicator light will let you know that your surge protector is working fine.
  4. Make sure it has a UL rating.
  5. You don’t have to purchase the most expensive surge protector on the market. Just look for a high joule rating and a low response time so it works faster (this information will be on the box).
  6. They don’t last forever and the more they have to work the faster they wear out. Again, they could also be damaged protecting your electronics. If you live in an area with a lot of activity you should replace your surge protector more often.

Piper Electric Co., Inc. can answer any questions you have about purchasing the proper surge protector for your electronics and other expensive devices.