Tripp Lite's TLP78TUSBG offers reliable, GREEN surge technology that protects your computer and peripherals as well as the environment and your wallet. Energy-saving outlet configuration reduces energy waste (phantom loads) by cutting AC power to unused peripherals. Convenient, multiple programmable timers allow users to set the exact time a device is turned on and off. The unit has 2 separate banks of outlets so you can program up to 20 timer options. It also provides 2 separate USB charging ports with a maximum of 1 AMP per port. Perfect for charging smart phones, MP3 Players and Tablet PCs. The TLP78TUSBG has 7 total outlets, 8 foot cord and diagnostic LEDs to warn of wiring problems and suppressor damage. Network-grade AC suppression rated at 2100 joules shields equipment from surges and line noise. Designed with an attractive cool gray suppressor housing, the TLP78TUSBG provides 1 designated transformer outlet but can accommodate up to 4 transformer plug outlets offering convenient protection of desktop computer equipment and accessories. $150,000 connected equipment insurance (USA and Canada Only).
What is the main culprit of electrical surges?
Electrical devices that require lots of power to operate. Depending on the wiring of your Studio or Production suite, you may notice at times that your lights flicker when powerful devices turn on and off, e.g. your air conditioner. When these devices are switched on, they demand a lot of electricity, which puts a lot of strain on the grid and can cause surges.
When should you use a surge protector?
All the time. The real question is really which devices you should connect to a surge protector. You don’t need a surge protector for your desk lamp or your standing fan, but you do want a surge protector for expensive devices that have intricate microprocessors, like computers, DVR's, LED/LCD monitors, power amps, Studio Lighting, Powered Nearfield Speaker monitors, etc. Think of it this way: if there was an electrical surge that destroyed all of the devices connected to your outlets, which lost devices would pain you the most? Plug those into a surge protector. It’s better to be safe than sorry.