Traveling with a gadget these days is a necessity for almost everyone. Whether it is a business trip or a vacation, we need gadgets to keep us connected with our bosses, families and friends. Most high end phones have long lasting batteries but no matter how good the battery life is, it will still ran out and we need to recharge. Powerbanks help us but it also won’t charge all of your gadgets in one sitting so it’s best to carry a power surge outlet when you travel. Also, let me ask you this. Are you charging your gadgets directly into the power socket? Well, if you said yes to that then you have been doing it wrong all along. Power surge or spike could possibly happen and will definitely damage your expensive gadget.
What is Power Surge
“Electrical sockets are supposed to provide a consistent voltage of electricity, and devices you plug into your power outlets depend on this. In some cases, a power spike can occur when the voltage suddenly increases. This can often be caused by lightning strikes, power outages, or malfunctions in the grid the power company is responsible for. A spike is a short increase in voltage, while a surge is one that lasts more than a few seconds. Surges are usually caused by problems with the electrical grid.
Whatever the cause, a sudden increase in current can damage electronics that are drawing power from the surging or spiking outlet. It could even render them completely inoperable, the increase in current having damaged them beyond repair.”
Now we need to understand that power strips are very much different from power surge outlet. So knowing this fact will keep your gadgets safe and lasts longer. Here are some things to consider.
The Difference of Power Strips and Surge Protectors
“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 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 offer some level of protection against power spikes. How much and how well varies considerably.”
How Often Do You Need to Replace a Surge Protector?
Via: How-To Geek
“Surge protectors don’t last forever. The components they use to divert energy can wear down as a result of power surges. This means that your surge protector’s life depends on how frequently power surges occur in your area. A surge protector can only absorb a limited amount of additional power.
Some surge protectors have lights that go off (or on) to let you know when they can no longer provide any protection, while some of the more expensive surge protectors may even have an audible alarm that goes off to let you know of this. Keep an eye on your surge protector and replace it when the surge protector asks you to.”
Always get more outlets than you need
“You’re always going to need more outlets. You’ll undoubtedly add more gear, without necessarily getting rid of your current gear. I’m not saying that if you think you need 4 outlets get a 12, but a 6 is probably a good investment.”
We strongly recommend our very own Power surge outlet, the 4-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip Portable Outlets with 4 USB Charging Ports. It is built for home and travel use. What is more interesting is, it comes with 3 International adaptors for UK Australia & Europe. This product is your key to a blissful and worry free travel. This world travel charger has a surge protector in its power strip letting you power up your devices while providing protection against power fluctuations, surges and spikes. The USB ports can charge iPads, tablets, iPhones, smartphones and other USB devices. It is designed to perfectly fit in your bag. Don’t get left behind and get yours now.