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Consumer Electronics by S. P. Bali

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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR EQUIPMENT FROM SPIKES, SURGES, AND BLACKOUTS

Your electrical power is just plain unreliable. Utility companies simply cannot provide the clean, consistent power required by sensitive computers and other electronic devices. An IBM study showed that a typical system experiences more than 120 power problems per month! Some problems are imperceptible, others are catastrophic. They include:

  1. Brownouts—temporary voltage dips that can cause system failures and data loss,
  2. Blackouts—complete losses of power that can cause unsaved data to be lost,
  3. Surges—short-lived voltage increases that stress electrical circuits and cause premature failure.
  4. Spikes—massive voltage increases that are capable of destroying your entire system
  5. Noise ...

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