Surge protection

Surge protection is important to protect sensitive electronics, especially network and home theater. Most power strips a.k.a. power taps are not surge protectors rather turning one electrical plug into many outlets (usually 4 or 6 outlets). And some power strips which are labeled to be surge protectors are inferior, have on average 2 years limited life, and deteriorate over time. Power strips and surge protector strips are potentially fire hazards. I have seen power strips showing fire damage.

Also, most battery backups a.k.a. UPS are labeled as surge protectors. They fall in the same category as surge protector with the exception is I have not seen one catch fire.

The only surge protector I recommend and use (I own four for computers, network, and home theater) is Zero Surge. Two models, one with 2 outlet commonly with UPS and printer, and the other 8 outlet for computer or home theater, are most popular for home and small-office.

How to use Zero Surge with UPS

Surge protection warning on back:

Verizon power tap clearly labeled that it does not provide surge protection:Strip which caught fire:

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