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What are Surge Protector?

 Surge Protection Device (SPD)

Homes today contain an average of $15,000 worth of electronic equipment not protected from voltage surges. MAX4 ™ SPDs are specially designed to help protect home appliances from over-voltages induced by lightning current. Complete solution to cover single phase and three phase installations.

SPDs help protect electronic appliances in your home

Surge protection strips offer limited protection to connected devices. Items not compatible with plug strips such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, and lighting can be protected with a Clipsal Surge Protective Device installed in switchboard.

Features and benefits

-Helps to provide peace of mind to home owner by providing surge protection for whole house
-MAX performance with a maximum discharge capacity of 40kA
-Includes single and three pole variants
-Removable modules allow quick replacement without the need to disconnect wiring.

Power strips and surge protectors, also called surge suppressors, are different. 

Typically, power strips are cheap, multi-outlet products that are merely an expansion of a wall outlet. These usually have a circuit breaker (on/off switch) of some sort, but most don't offer any real "protection" from electrical issues. Some might have the barest level of protection, but they're all pretty much just like plugging into the wall direct.

Surge protectors are relatively cheap too, but unlike power strips they offer some level of protection against power spikes. How much and how well varies considerably.

Surge protectors offer protection in amounts called joules. Generally, the more joules the better, as this means the device can handle one large surge, or multiple smaller surges, before your gear is in danger. Over time, the parts inside the protector wear down, reducing its effectiveness.

 

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If you want total protection, consider that phone and cable lines can carry power spikes too. Some surge protectors have connectors for these as well.

There really is no reason not to get a surge protector. How much you need it will vary. If you live in an area with lots of thunderstorms, your gear is probably more likely to experience power surges. Even if you live in the desert, your A/C or refrigerator could kick power spikes back down the lines to your A/V gear.

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Let Snap Air Conditioning / Electrical
help with surge protection installation

Let’s snap air conditioning / electrical help with supply and installation of your surge protection while we’re installing your air conditioning.

You can imagine how upset you would be if getting two or four air conditioners installed an then in one single day with a large storm all of them get destroyed because of some nearby lightning

Protect your investment for as little as $199 inc gst surge protector supplied and installed when we are on site installing your air conditioning systems

How do you know if your
surge protector is still working?

The IEC 61643-1 international electrical standard imposes a requirement of ‘end-of-life indication’ for surge arresters that use varistors. On the Schneider Electric Quick PRD surge arrester, for example, in-service and end-of-life indications are included on the front face.

When the indicator is white and toggle down, the surge arrester is ‘out-of-service’. It can be put back into service by switching the toggle up.

When the indicator is red and the toggle down, the surge arrester has been destroyed. To be sure of this, the toggle should be moved up into the ‘on’ position. If the toggle falls back down, the cartridge of the surge arrester must be replaced.

 

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