Surge vs. Multiple Outlet

Power Multipliers (i.e., Multiple Outlet Devices, Power Strips)

Power multipliers essentially solve a supply and demand problem. Do you have 10 devices but only 2 outlets? No problem…the power multiplier ensures there's a place to plug-in every cord.

However, distributing power is only part of the equation. What happens during a power surge? How will components be impacted by a larger event such as a wiring problem, power line outage or even a lightning strike? On their own, power multipliers cannot protect equipment against such disasters.

The more money you invest in your television, DVD player or other electronics, the higher the stakes. That's why it is critical to protect your equipment with adequate Surge Protection.

Surge Protectors

Sure, there's a good chance that lighting will never strike your television set. So why all the fuss about surge protection?

A staggering number of electronics warranty claims can be traced to everyday power surges that damage components over time. These smaller surges happen all the time – for example, when powerful household appliances such as the dishwasher or dryer are switched on or off.

Today's valuable electronic devices (such as flat-panel, high-definition televisions) contain many delicate parts that are particularly vulnerable to power surges. Left unprotected, they will become damaged or even fail completely.

Surges don't just get to equipment through the AC power lines. Just as much damage can be done through the cable, phone and DSL lines. Newpoint recommends choosing a surge protector designed to cover all lines that connect to your equipment.