Functionally identical to the Accell Home or Away, but with a different brand name and color. This model has been our pick every year since Owners give both versions high ratings, and Wirecutter staffers have used the Accell model since without issue.
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By Glenn Fleishman. Senior Contributor, TechHive. You only know for sure that you needed a surge protector after your equipment fries. For a very reasonable amount of money, you could put an almost literal firewall between your expensive and cheap electronics and the juice coming in from a wall socket.
Step-down transformers are commonly used to convert the volt electricity found in most parts of the world to the volts required by North American equipment. For example, they are popular with American expatriates who don't want to throw away their American appliances when moving to Europe. Unfortunately, when used incorrectly, step-down transformers can be dangerous.
Investigation led him to a melted down surge protector. An office-by-office search revealed another surge protector, of the same brand and model as above, that was starting to melt down. The manufacturer, Newpoint, was contacted to see if similar incidents have occurred with this product.
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When you put together a computer system, one piece of standard equipment you'll probably buy is a surge protector. Most designs serve one immediately obvious function -- they let you plug multiple components into one power outlet. With all of the different components that make up a computer system, this is definitely a useful device.