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How to Choose: Surge Protector vs. Power Strip

SCE recommends these safety tips for you and your electronics.

Do you know the difference between a surge protector and a power strip?

Surge protectors and power strips both allow you to plug several appliances into one location, but it’s important for you to know the key differences between them to keep your home and electronic devices safe.

A power strip simply provides more outlet spaces for a circuit. However, a
surge protector contains a circuit breaker or fuse that diverts or suppresses the extra voltage caused by power surges. And it helps protect your electronic devices from electrical spikes.

The devices look very similar so it may be difficult to differentiate between the two. One way to tell is that most surge protectors have a light that glows when plugged into an electrical power source. There is also information on the back of a surge protector about its suppressed voltage rating, which measures the level of protection provided.

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