Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tips to Avoid Sudden Power Outage Damage to Electrical Gadgets

It’s been raining every now and then already. Thank God, we haven’t had any flooding here yet. I hope that the newly built dike or riprap (more than 3 meters high from the water surface) by the city government at the back of our house will really help in flood control.

You see, we have a creek at the back of our house. Last year, the water in the creek rose to about one hollow block away from flooding our place. I pray that the Lord will spare our country from super typhoons and extreme rainfall this year.

Image by David Selby (David Selby myself) CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL , via Wikimedia Commons

Moving on with my post topic … Lightning and thunder are pretty common, too, nowadays.  In conjunction with these, have you noticed having sudden power outage? Even for just a few seconds?  The other night, we had two such occurrences.


Guess, what happened?

The first time the power outage happened, I was charging my laptop. I didn’t immediately notice anything after the power went back on a few seconds later. When my laptop battery is almost drained, I reconnected the charger but nothing happened. I connected it to another power outlet, but still it did not charge my laptop. My charger was broken. OH NO!

Well, this is not the first time something happened with our gadgets after a power outage and ensuing power surge. I think it was just 2 months ago when our internet router malfunctioned and our internet provider had to replace it with a new one. Prior to that, another incident caused our desktop wired DSL  connection to malfunction.

So, what can we do to avoid such power surge damage to our electrical gadgets?  Two things.

Surge Protector. By Encryptedruler (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

1. It’s a good idea to invest in a surge protector or voltage regulator to protect our gadget from sudden power surges. This is highly recommended for expensive appliances such as refrigerator, TV and computer.  Check out this post to know how to buy a good and safe surge protector.

2. Turn off any electrical gadget or appliance immediately after a power outage.  Then, turn them on only after the power supply has returned and stabilized for a few minutes.

Now, what am I supposed to do with my laptop charger?  The good thing is it has a built-in fuse to protect it against excessive current. Thank you, Acer! My husband is becoming a better handyman and was able to replace the fuse. That saved us money for the supposed repairs.

Now, the only thing that I would like to do is buy another power bar with surge protector to replace our insecure power strip.



7 comments:

Mommy Maye said...

Yes, it’s the season naman of sudden power outage. Good thing that we have power saver at home. It works not just to save electricity but it also good for regulating the electricity coming in. Usually, when the power suddenly turn off and on, there’s a higher voltage coming in. So that can damage our appliances.

Chin chin said...

We have some power strip with surge protectors pero not all of the power outlets do. So, we do need to upgrade. It’s good that you have a power saver. What brand and where did you buy it?

JanzCrystalz said...

My husband made a power on delay for our refrigerator aside from the AVR, to protect it from sudden power surge or outage. Same thing with all the appliances always unplug it when power outage occurs.
Usually ang nasisira lang sa appliances yung fuse they are designed that way para may over current it will trip off. Just change the fuse, wag lang reconnect directly dahil next time na mauulit as in masisira na talaga sya.

Chin chin said...

Thanks Janz, for the additional explanation. Ok yung appliance if it has a fuse, paano kung wala? Either send to the repairman or buy a new one.

Dominique Goh said...

Interesting tip..didn’t know that there are surge protectors in such gadgets. Hope the outage situation gets better for you over there and your electricity supply stablises.

Chin chin said...

Sudden power outage only happened when there are thunderstorms and it only lasted a few seconds to a few minutes. Thanks for dropping by, Dominique.

Marie said...

Ooh sorry about your laptop! I remember years ago (like twelve, it was a long time ago), there was a strong lightning (I live in Baguio) and it damaged some TVs in the neighborhood who are connected with Skycable. Sky had to pay I think