Surge Protection

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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GFCI Plug: A Cord For A Safe Surge

NEMA 5-15P GFCI_BLACKEver made a mistake and wish life had a reset button? In the power cord industry, Quail Electronics understands that life isn’t perfect. However, when dealing with electrical equipment, safety is a vital frame of thought we take seriously when powering your items. Regardless of the utility, assuring a safe solution in your home to potential health hazards from electronics is an important topic that necessitates just the right powering configuration. A ground fault circuit interrupter, or a GFCI, is a device that is designed primarily to prevent electric shock. GFCI outlets are often found in living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms.

You’ve probably noticed a GFCI near your sink area. The device automatically disables an electric circuit when it detects that electrical current is flowing along an unintended path. The GFCI measures the current leaving the hot side of a power source and juxtaposing it with the current returning to the neutral side. Any discrepancy in electric current flowing will activate the GFCI and shut the power off. If there is any imbalance, the GFCI trips the circuit. It is able to sense an electrical current mismatch as small as 4 milliamps, and it may react as quickly as 1/30th of a second. Continue reading GFCI Plug: A Cord For A Safe Surge

CES 2014

010814_2335_VivaSurgeCi1.jpgQuail Electronics is proudly in attendance at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada through January 10. The exposé features over 3,000 vendors, expecting to draw in over 150,000 attendees. CES is renowned for showcasing technological trends. This year’s most highly-anticipated prototypes include: wearable technology, 3D printing, biometric fitness devices, as well as ultra-High Definition curved displays the size of a motor van. While vendors are demonstrating the array of leading-edge tablets, ultrabooks, TVs and cameras wired for the inner technophile in all of us, CES promises to be the premiere exhibition for this year’s high-powered devices.  Continue reading CES 2014