Whatever the price or quality of your computer, you will want to protect it from any damage you may suffer. Thunderstorms and power surges are ruining equipment every day. In this article, we are going to tell you how to use stabilizer.
Lightning strikes the earth’s surface about 100 times per second. At all times, 2000 thunderstorms are in progress. Annually, losses amount to hundreds of millions of dollars.
The rays can send spectacular waves of energy through the conductive line and destroy everything in its path. The most affected scenarios are the immediate surroundings of the impact, and not the right place of it. They usually hit near transformers, and their energy travels through the wiring and telephone lines. In the computer, it goes through the socket and the telephone line. The first affected components are usually the modem and the motherboard. In any case, all circuits can be affected.
How to use stabilizer?
The installation of the voltage stabilizer is easy. When you buy your stabilizer, plug it into the wall and then plug the PC equipment into the protector. Let’s know how to use stabilizer.
Overloads and energy anomalies
The anomalies and the energy overloads represent a great threat to your computer. The electricity is full of variations and fluctuations, which do not affect common appliances (lamps or toasters), but which can significantly affect more complex equipment such as computers. There are many reasons that cause these fluctuations and, according to the electricity companies, the problem is always in the old wiring of the buildings. Even in buildings where wiring is in perfect condition, appliances such as microwaves, vacuum cleaners, and dryers can cause problems. A recent study done by IBM shows that computers suffer two or more anomalies per day.
The path of protection
The way to protect your computer from lightning and electricity surges is to use a good protector or current stabilizer. Do not confuse a fuselage shoe with a stabilizer, as they do not fulfill the same function. A good protector must have the following characteristics:
- The stabilizer must be effective against lightning strikes. Some are not.
- You must offer insurance that covers the loss of equipment that is plugged into it.
- If you have a common modem, buy a stabilizer with an R-11 phone jack, where you can hook up your telephone line.
- If you are using a cable modem, buy one of them. It protects your television and the Internet by cable.
Protection for the cable and telephone line
If you buy a protector with a cable or telephone connector, connect the telephone or cable line from the wall to the stabilizer. The stabilizer comes with an extra cable that will be used to connect it to the computer’s modem. Do not forget to protect your telephone or cable line. Many modems are lost in thunderstorms. Even prudent users, who have purchased protectors, sometimes forget to connect the extra protection for the cable or telephone line.
Try to buy a protector that fits your equipment. Due to the small differences in electrical currents, it is best, as far as possible, to plug all the equipment into the same source. If you have a computer with large connectors, look for a stabilizer with the outputs spaced to accommodate the plugs.
Uninterrupted power supply
When lightning strikes or when power is lost for a few seconds, you may lose information from your computer. If you handle important personal or business-related data, it would be appropriate to purchase a UPS unit (Uninterrupted Power Supply). These devices perform the function of stabilizing the current while having a backup battery that allows information to be saved when the power goes unexpectedly. If you are going to buy a UPS, look for a good one, as with a common stabilizer, but keep in mind the battery life and the software it comes with.
What functions should a good stabilizer meet?
A – Compensate the voltage when there is a growth or reduction of it by the supplier company, between “a certain range of values” with “enough speed”. So that, our devices will not affect, and we do not realize any problem. Establishing it in the ideal 220 volts.
The “certain range of values” usually very bound in most of the stabilizers. Especially when it is common to find values of the voltage lower than 160 volts in real electrical networks.
As for “sufficient speed,” most have performance values that are between 7 and 9 milliseconds in the home market teams; too long, in many cases, times to protect ourselves from something.
B – Protect the equipment connected to it from a peak voltage. The accessory function was rather typical of a network filter.
What function do they fulfill?
In practice, most home market stabilizers meet the following but limited functions:
- Interrupting the power supply when the fuse blows or jumping your thermal key. In many cases, just after having ruined an artifact.
- Cushion the passage of a peak voltage, in proportions not adequate. The merit of having this device in the middle more than its efficiency.
Adapt the network voltage to more reasonable values that are close to what we need, useful especially if we have high voltage or low voltage but stable for long periods of time. A hypothetical example in which a stabilizer of this type could serve us: if we live in a manufacturing zone with 170 volts during considerable time ranges, the product of the consumption of the companies.
It is important to know how to use stabilizer for all householder. The choice of a stabilizer must be a conscious, estimated and properly calculated process. Not a compulsive purchase due to bad service from local energy supplier company.