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A Way to Protect Your Equipment You will face a real problem when your high tech and sensitive equipment would encounter power surges. Power surges can come from several situations, like a lightning or a vehicle crashing into a power pole causing power failure. A lightning can deliver a surge able to blow up your equipment and thus it is considered as the most dangerous among possible surges. Lightning can give a surges ranging from over 300,000 Amps that will lead to two conditions. There is the direct effect when lightning strikes directly on a structure, with its energy creeping into the ground through the structure. During an indirect lightning strike, the effects are said to be more damaging since there is no direct visibility of its effect on the structure.
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Industrial switching is said to account 60% of all surges and transients and these are mostly caused by man. Around 20% of power surges is caused by lightning and this is considered as the most spectacular.
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A few of events created by man that would result to power surges are substation faults, internal plant failure extending to areas in the factory, and inductive loads whenever motors, generators and compressors are started. Also, if you are located at the end of the grid thereby exposing you to a large voltage variance, whether over or under voltage conditions and general interference. Weather related situations like earthquakes, tremors and so on are natural conditions that will cause also power surges. Be informed also that there are power surges with no real cause of events. Know that all surges and transients can link to your equipment through power lines, data/signal lines, telecommunication lines, and poor earthing. In order to protect our equipment, the common advice we receive in the past was to disconnect our equipment from the power point every time we hear the sound of thunder. Fortunately if you are at home and can detach your equipment from the power source, you can protect it around 20% of the power surge. 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. Surge diverters, also known as shunt or parallel connected protector, is the basic form of protection that is designed to divert to the ground the large portion of energy from the incoming surge. The surge filters or also termed as series connected protector, is the method in which the incoming cable is cut and wired through the filter and thus having the filter reflect the load rating of the equipment. It is advisable to use surge filters on sensitive electronics to protect them.