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Power Strip vs. Surge Protector

The common misunderstanding of them being the same thing has led most people confused when learning the differences between power strips and surge protectors. Both come hand in hand more often than people think, however not ALL power strips are surge protected. Allow me to clear up the misunderstanding.

First of all, a power strip (such as Image 1 shown below) is an electrical unit, providing multiple electrical sockets (contained in an electrically shielded case) to be shared while being plugged into one wall outlet. While a surge protector, on the other hand, (see Image 2) is an electrical component, added to the power strip that is designed to protect the devices plugged into the power strip from an electrical surge. A way to tell the difference is that a surge protector will show a light indicator on the unit, indicating that is it protected. An electrical surge occurs when there is a spike, or increase in voltage in an electrical line. Voltage spikes can be caused by lightning strikes, power outages, tripped circuit breakers, short circuits and more. A surge protector will detect when voltage is about to spike, and divert the extra voltage to the grounding wire. Thus, none of your electronic devices will be harmed.

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MD&M East 2014 Preview

MDM EastGet ready, Big Apple: Quail Electronics is excited to announce we will be heading back east to demo our world-leading product line at the Medical Design & Manufacturers East 2014 trade show exposition from June 10-12 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The event, hosted by MedTechWorld, is the largest medical technology exposé on the east coast. MD&M East will include over 1,000 leading suppliers and service providers exhibiting top products and technologies in the medical field. Continue reading MD&M East 2014 Preview

The Green Dot – Your Hospital-Grade Solution

Green DotThe medical industry is a vital aspect of humanistic infrastructure. Personnel operates in fast-paced environments whose endeavors are to save lives. The medical equipment used must meet the highest of standards in powering mission-critical machinery. Such medical devices must be powered by power cords using only a proprietary standard that involves a process to achieve hospital grade approval. Once passed, power cords and strips earn a green dot – a modest icon of the strenuous process involved in powering the world’s most important medical equipment. Continue reading The Green Dot – Your Hospital-Grade Solution