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A Way to Protect Your Equipment Today’s sensitive technology can be very susceptible to power surges that would create big problems. Some instances like lightning and car crashing into a power pole could cause power surges. Lightning is considered the worst to deliver a surge leading to practically blowing up your equipment. There will be two events that will cause surges when a lightning deliver surges with a range of Amps to over 300,000. A direct effect is experienced when a lightning hits directly on a structure and its resulting energy would go its way to the earth through the structure. It is said that during an indirect lightning strike, there is no obvious results see on the structure thus the effects can be more devastating.
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It is said that many power surges are caused by people, with 60% of all surges and transients caused by industrial switching. Around 20% of power surges is caused by lightning and this is considered as the most spectacular.
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Enumerated power surges that are caused by man are substation faults, internal plant failure that would cause surges to areas of the plant, inductive loads in starting motors, generators and compressors. Another condition that will create power surge is being situated at the end of the grid that would expose you to a large voltage variance, or over and under voltage situations and general interference. Weather related situations like earthquakes, tremors and so on are natural conditions that will cause also power surges. Other events can also be categorized with no real known cause of power surges. Be aware that all surges and transients can have access to your machineries and equipment via power lines, data/signal lines, telecommunication lines, and poor earthing. In the past, the usual advice to avoid power surges on our equipment is to disconnect it from the power source whenever we hear the sound of a thunder. You can protect your equipment by 20% of the power surges if you happen to be at home and can detach your equipment from the power point. Fortunately, there are now effective solutions today that will give surge protection for all equipment without having to disconnect it from their power point, and these are surge diverters and surge filters. Known as the shunt or parallel connected protector, the surge diverters is the basic from of protection wherein the large portion of energy from the incoming surge is diverted to the ground and this system is designed to function as such. Also known as series connected protector, the surge filters operates by cutting the incoming cable and wire it to the filter, and because of this, the filter is rated to reflect the load of the equipment. The use of surge filters is recommended on sensitive electronics to protect them.