Surge Protection

Surge Protection

When it comes to choosing a surge protector, there are several factors to consider such as the number of outlets, cord length, and protection options. However, the most important factor to keep in mind is the surge protector’s joule rating. This rating measures how much energy the protector can absorb before it fails, and the higher the rating, the better the protection. The value of the equipment to be protected also plays a role in determining the level of protection needed. Inexpensive components may only need a surge protector with up to 1000 joules of protection, while home theater components and computers storing important data require a rating of 2000 joules or higher. Location also affects the required level of protection, especially in areas with frequent lightning storms or industrial settings.