South Africa is highly prone to lightning, the highveld receives some of the highest lightning strikes per km in the world . Statistics prove that as much as 80% of problems on electronic equipment are associated, directly or indirectly, with lightning and over voltage surges. There are many devices out there that claim to offer surge protection . Choosing the right product can save you a lot of money in damages. Lightning strikes do not just come in through power lines but can also come from Satellite connections , Phone lines, and injected in HDMI or Ethernet.
We install a whole range of surge protectors these include
- HDMI protectors
- CCTV Surge protectors
- Satellite coaxial surge protectors
- Ethernet surge protectors
- AC Mains Surge protectors
AC Power is not always clean , there are dips, spikes and a lot of electrical noise . Some devices with motors inject noise back into the system. This noise appears as a hum on your system spots on your tv A Power Conditioner solves all these issues .
Power conditioners are devices that typically provide protection against surges and spikes in power. Most power conditioners also provide basic electro-magnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) filtering by use of suppression circuits that keep this interference out of power supplies and their associated audio circuits. Spikes and surges can cause serious damage your equipment. And while EMI and RFI will not usually damage your equipment, they can cause unpredictable and unacceptable noises and – if strong enough – ruin a recording or performance. Many inexpensive power conditioners are simply called surge suppressors – these can provide a small degree of protection to your gear.
An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is a completely different animal. It provides backup electrical power for a short period of time to critical equipment in the event of brownouts (extended periods of low voltage) or total failure of normal electrical service. UPSs exist in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and capabilities. The most common types are
- Standby UPS
- Line Interactive UPS
- Stanby On-Line Hybrid UPS
- Standby-Ferro UPS
- Double Conversion On-Line UPS
- Delta Conversion On-Line UPS
While these distinctions may seem confusing the basic job they do is generally about the same (though there are some important differences about HOW they do it): they all contain a battery that stays charged while the electrical service is in operation. When a service interruption is detected, the UPS is able to draw from its battery to provide power. Unless you have a very sophisticated (and expensive) UPS, the replacement power period is quite short – a few minutes at most – but that gives you enough time to save a file or shut down a piece of hardware without losing its settings. By the way, usually the UPS is inserted into your power chain after the voltage regulator. If you’re running a commercial recording operation and don’t want to risk the wrath of a client whose “perfect take” just vanished because of a blackout before you saved, definitely add a UPS, at least to protect your computer or other recorder.