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Some Information about Power Surges and How You Can Be Protected From It You will face a real problem when your high tech and sensitive equipment would encounter power surges. Some instances like lightning and car crashing into a power pole could cause power surges. Among these events, a lightning can be the most devastating because of the surge it can deliver thereby blowing your equipment to pieces. There will be two events that will cause surges when a lightning deliver surges with a range of Amps to over 300,000. When a lightning directly strikes a structure, there is a direct effect wherein its resulting energy would find its way to the ground through the structure. It is said that during an indirect lightning strike, there is no obvious results see on the structure thus the effects can be more devastating.
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It is said that many power surges are caused by people, with 60% of all surges and transients caused by industrial switching. On the other hand, lightning accounts for around 20% of power surges and by far considered as the most spectacular.
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Enumerated power surges that are caused by man are substation faults, internal plant failure that would cause surges to areas of the plant, inductive loads in starting motors, generators and compressors. Also, if you are located at the end of the grid thereby exposing you to a large voltage variance, whether over or under voltage conditions and general interference. Weather related situations like earthquakes, tremors and so on are natural conditions that will cause also power surges. Power surges can also happen due to events with no real known reason why it happened. Know that all surges and transients can link to your equipment through power lines, data/signal lines, telecommunication lines, and poor earthing. We usually get advice in the past that we can protect our expensive equipment by disconnecting it from the power point whenever we hear thunder. Fortunately if you are at home and can detach your equipment from the power source, you can protect it around 20% of the power surge. It is good to know that we have now today very effective solutions that will provide surge protection for all equipment without detaching it from their power source, and these protection are surge diverters and surge filters. Surge diverters, also known as shunt or parallel connected protector, is the basic form of protection that is designed to divert to the ground the large portion of energy from the incoming surge. The surge filters or also termed as series connected protector, is the method in which the incoming cable is cut and wired through the filter and thus having the filter reflect the load rating of the equipment. It is advisable to use surge filters on sensitive electronics to protect them.