Whether you are putting together a new server rack or adding another computer to one of the offices in your building, you are going to end up using some form of power strip. The big question is whether or not you are using the right powerstrip for the job. The problem here is that most people will grab the first strip they can get their hands on to plug everything into.
You Do Not Always Need a Surge Protected Powerstrip
While most of us have had the fact that we should always use a surge protected powerstrip, these are generally reserved for sensitive electronics such as your servers and peripherals. But if you are plugging in fans and others simple items like fans, you may find that you can use a non-protected power strips and save a little on your expenses and these items are far less likely to be affected by a power surge.
The earliest type of powerstrip was nothing more than a series of outlets mounted in a housing that had a power cord sticking out of the end, if you spent a little extra money, you could get one that had a power switch some of which were illuminated. As computer technology has advanced, so too has the design of the powerstrip. Today you can buy these once simple devices in any number of more complex designs.
The Computer Powerstrip Is Designed to Protect
Where once the only protection a powerstrip could offer you was an easy way to unplug multiple items at one time, today they come with built in surge protection and voltage stabilization intended to keep you expensive computers and peripheral equipment from getting damaged if there happens to be a power surge on the lines. Considering the high cost of today’s electronics, you should never use an unprotected powerstrip.
If you are planning to go to the nearest discount store to buy a powerstrip for a computer or series of computers in order to save the cost of buying one that is purpose built for the job, you need to stop and think. What you should be thinking about is the cost of replacing all of the equipment that you are going to plug into that $5 powerstrip that you thought you were saving money buying.
Never Trust a Cheap Powerstrip
When you buy a cheap powerstrip instead of one that is intended for use with sensitive electronic equipment such as computer, you are getting no protection whatsoever from power surges. Even today, a computer can be destroyed by a relatively small surge. If you think spending $5 is going to save you money, consider how hard it is going to be coming up with the hundreds of dollars you are going to have to spend replacing your computer and then look carefully at the power strips in our online catalog before you buy.