If in the area where you live they usually occur electric storms, then you should know that both your PC and the rest of your electrical devices may be in danger. Fortunately, there are ways to protect your pc to make it practically immune to the electrical problems that these types of storms can cause, and in this article we are going to tell you everything so that you can be sure that your PC does not suffer damage when they happen.
Of course, the first thing you should check is that the electrical installation of your house is in good condition, since it is the first element that will suffer from the problems of electrical storms and, if it is in good condition and its own protection systems work properly, you will minimize the danger of the PC suffering damage.
Your PC, protected from electrical storms
Practically all PC users use a power strip, with the aim of being able to connect several devices to the same plug (PC, monitors, router, speakers, etc.). The first item that will help protect you from thunderstorms is to use a protection stripwhich is an advanced form of the normal power strips that includes elements against power surges (a simple fuse is enough), which is precisely what usually happens when lightning strikes during an electrical storm.
And if there are frequent thunderstorms in your area, we recommend that you do not skimp on this: it is better to invest a little money in a good protection strip, but really good, than later having to regret the consequences and having to repair the PC (at a minimum, the power supply is usually the first component affected).
Do you want our recommendation? We recommend the APC Surge Arrest Performance, a power strip available with 5 and 8 plugs that has an internal fuse and also a filter, keeping you completely protected against power surges and spikes. This strip is also compatible with PLC and has a durability beyond any doubt (we have been using it for about 15 years and it continues to work perfectly). It is an investment that you will not regret.
On the other hand, if you want to go one step further, you should also know that good quality UPS They will also protect you against the elements of electrical storms. They will act as a protection strip, with the addition that when the power goes out in your house, the PC will not suddenly turn off and will give you a few minutes to carry out a controlled shutdown or to go to the electrical panel to raise the automatics.
If you also want our recommendation as to which UPS you should buy, the model that we are going to recommend is the APC Back-UPS (you don’t need to go for the Pro model if you don’t want to, the normal one is already excellent). You have it available from 500VA / 300W to 1400VA / 700W of power, so you will surely find a model that is sufficient for your PC. All models have 4 plugs for your devices, and also have a USB connection to the PC to monitor its parameters.
Is this an APC sponsored article? No, nothing is further from reality. What happens is that we are making these recommendations based on our own experience, we have been using these two devices for years and they have saved our PC on several occasions. In addition, APC is a brand of Schneider Electric, surely the most renowned brand in electrical matters, so you can be sure of its quality and guarantee.