It is important to install surge protection devices in your place of business or in your home. Electric surges are one of the main causes of damage caused to equipment during power outages.
Power cuts cause surges which could potentially damage any devices that are connected to your plugs at home or at work. Load shedding increases the risk of power surges, particularly when the power is switched back on. These surges can potentially fry anything and everything from your PC to your cell phone if they are strong enough; desktop PCs are especially vulnerable to these spikes.
Furthermore, motherboards, power supplies, and other desktop devices have been reported to be damaged beyond repair due to power surged when the power comes back on.
Although many modern devices have advanced charging circuits that can protect them, routers and modems are vulnerable to power hikes and are often casualties of power load shedding bouts.
Protecting all those electronics at work and at home
- The best thing to do once the power is off is to turn off all your electronic devices and plugs to which your expensive hardware is connected, and to remove the plugs from the sockets to prevent damage
- This is especially the case with your desktop PC
- As far as your smartphone is concerned, it is wise to charge your smartphone from a power bank during load-shedding switches, eliminating potential exposure to damaging surges
- Investing in a UPS is a good idea for those unpleasant and unexpected surges
- A UPS will allow you to protect the plugs of your PCs, TVs, and other smart devices
- At the very least you should invest in a surge-protected adapter
to keep important hardware safe
- There are numerous multi-plugs and extension cords that come with built-in surge protection
The power utility suggests that users always prepare for load-shedding by keeping their cell phones fully charged and backing up their data to the cloud.