What is a surge strip?

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A surge strip is an electrical device that protects your valuable electronics from dangerous power surges, spikes, and overloads. However, many surge strips they have in production today does not support protection against power spurts.

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What should you do to the surge strip if the circuit breaker fails to reset?

You should replace the surge strip if the circuit breaker fails to reset.

What should do if your surge strip catches on fire?

If the surge strip catches on fire, unplug it from the wall outlet and use a fire extenguisher or sand to smother the fire.

Does every surge strip have a built-in motherboard?

Yes, most of the surge strips have an in-built motherboard.

When was surge strips released?

The first surge strip was released in 1961. Olson Electronics distributed the strips.

Why isn't it advisable to use a surge strip that's completely worn out?

The reason it is not advisable to use a worn out surge strip is that the surge protection is no longer available to protect your electronic device. It's best to purchase a new one.

Where can one purchase a power strip surge protector?

One can purchase a power strip surge protector online from websites such as Amazon, eBay, APC Power, Home Depot and Lowe's. One can also purchase these in store at Lowe's and Home Depot stores.

Is a surge strip the same as an uninterruptible power supply?

No. A surge strip is a power strip with a surge protector that will shut itself off if it detects a significant surge in power. It protects devices from electrical damage by flipping itself off or in some cases blowing it's own fuse. A UPS, uninterpretable power supply, also acts as a surge protector but with the added bonus of having battery power to compensate for lack of power temporarily. This gives the user time to shut down the computer and save their work so as not to loose any progress made. Hope this helps!

Is it advisable to use a worn out surge strip with faulty wiring?

No, it is not advisable to use a faulty power strip with damaged wires, as the user takes the risk of fire.

Why does a Power Strip have cable attachments?

It is a separate component and is used for grounding only. Usually on a TV or electronic power strip for convenience. Most likely the power strip has built-in surge suppression. It is designed to disconnect the load, like your TV, from an over-voltage surge such as could happen during a lightening strike. The in and out cable connectors provide the same type of surge protection from a high voltage that may be induced on the antenna or cable source for the TV during a lightening strike.

Will your electronics work if you turn off the circuit breaker to the surge strip?

The only way your electronics will work if you turn off the circuit breaker to the surge strip is if they are able to run on battery power. If the surge strip is connected to a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) as many commercial offices are, the electronics will stay operable until the circuit breaker is reset or turned back on if purposely turned off. If the utility service is off, the electronics will stay operable until the power is restored or the UPS power source fails.

Two devices that can be used to protect computer from fluctuations in electricity?

You need a good power surge strip or a UPS. Make sure the computer plugs into the surge strip or the UPS, and then plug the strip or UPS into the wall. Some good UPS devices actually do power conditioning which is better, but more expensive.

What benefits from being plugged into a power strip?

The Smart Strip Power Strip features advanced circuitry that not only offers excellent power surge protection and line noise filtering, but is actually able to 'sense' the flow of electrical current through the strip's control outlet. Because of this unique ability, the Smart Strip can turn off selected equipment when its not in use -- creating benefit that no other power strip on the market today can offer.