Regarding 15 amp Surge Protectors

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Old 06-19-13, 06:31 AM
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Regarding 15 amp Surge Protectors

Someone in my family strongly believes that a 15amp surge protector means that the surge protector itself is drawing 15 amps of power and therefore we should not have it plugged in because it will trip the circuit in the house for that outlet. Is that true or does it really mean, that surge protector can with stand 15amps worth of load on it before it triggers its internal circuit braker?
 
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Old 06-19-13, 06:35 AM
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That is the load the surge protector can supply. Only what is plugged into the strip draws the power.
 
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A surge protector is only to protect you from voltage spikes, like from a power surge or lightning strike.
 
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Old 06-19-13, 09:05 PM
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A surge suppressor offers no protection against a spike that can be generated by a lightening strike. That level of protection is only offered by the grounding electrode conductor made into the service entrance.

Surge protector = surge suppressor = power conditioner. They are useful for minimizing the effects of minor fluctuations such as the ones generated by a motor startup or a momentary brownout.
 
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Old 06-20-13, 10:21 AM
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that surge protector can with stand 15amps worth of load on it before it triggers its internal circuit braker?
You got it. A surge protector uses zero electricity itself. (well, except for the little red or green LED to show that it's working... but that's pretty darned close to zero).

If you don't believe us, turn off everything in the house. Look at your electric meter not spinning. Plug in the surge protector. Look at your electric meter still not spinning.
 
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