What is Surge Protection?

A surge protector is an indispensable device that will protect and prolong the life of all your electrical devices. It protects from power imbalances, events that occur every single day in any household, office or other place where power is provided. One of the most dangerous power imbalances is an unexpected increase in the current voltage, also known as surge. Power imbalances are not only caused by the main power provider, but from all the devices attached to the line at a specific moment: Have you ever experienced the change of luminosity of your normal light bulb when you switch on the oven? That is called a power imbalance, and these events can be caused by many other different electrical devices like a washing machine, a refrigerator, a fluorescent light, a vacuum cleaner, a hair dryer or a malfunctioning light bulb. Another serious power imbalance is a spike, commonly called lightning.

All electrical devices that are exposed to such power imbalances, if large enough, will either fail immediately or will fail after continued exposure to such events. Damages can be as simple as a burned power transformer or as catastrophic as a broken hard disk or LCD screen with terrible consequences. The effects of power imbalances are registered more and more often as all electrical devices are nowadays provided with integrated circuits. Surges and other power imbalances are not only affecting electrical devices through the normal power line but also through telephone, network and coaxial lines.

To protect your electrical devices Belkin engineered a complete range of Surge Protectors. These power extensions may look similar to other power strips at first but they are built with a sophisticated and powerful circuit containing efficient MOVs (Metal Oxide Varistors) and gas tubes. MOVs functionality can be easily explained: The excess of power coming from a surge will be isolated and diverted with no consequences to earth therefore allowing a normal and regulated flow of power to go through the electrical device. MOVs efficiency is defined by the Joule rating. The higher the Joule rating, the higher the protection will be, and the longer the surge protector will work. Belkin 50,000,000 Surge Protectors sold world wide are equipped with the highest joule rating MOVs in the industry, and are equipped with the best in class protection for telephone, network and coaxial connections making Belkin the undoubted leader in surge protections. The entire Belkin Surge Protector range is covered by a manufacturer lifetime warranty.*

* Please see packaging for country specific warranty