A surge protector is a device that protects sensitive electronic equipment and devices from harmful voltage spikes and power surges. It absorbs excess energy much like a sponge absorbs water. They are different from power strips which provide power extension and extra outlets, but offer no protection against power spikes or surges.What is a Power Surge?A power surge is a short-term increase in voltage (or voltage spike) due to lightning strikes or unusual line conditions, like when power companies switch power distribution across grids. It's important to periodically replace your surge protector (once every 3-4 years is recommended in most cases) since power surges wear down the protective components inside the surge protector over time.Why is Surge Protection Important?The average household gets 350 power surges per year. Over voltage, brownouts, power surges and voltage spikes occur five times a day on average. Small, frequent power surges cause cumulative damage, shortening the product lifespan. Power surges are the number one cause of data loss. Over 50 Percent of equipment failure can be attributed to power surge/failure. The right surge protection will save your valuable electronics and extend the life of your computer, telephone, laptop, notebook, tablet, smartphone, TV, sound system and many more. Choosing a surge protector will safeguard all your valuable electronics; many are backed by Connected Equipment Warranties.What is a Connected Equipment Warranty?A connected equipment warranty covers equipment that is damaged by transient voltage while properly connected through a surge protector to a properly wired AC power line with a protective ground. Brands that offer CEWs will repair or replace any equipment damaged by a power surge, spike, or lightning strike while properly connected to their surge protector, up to the listed amount. Box Contains 8-Outlet 2 m surge protector power strip with two 2.4A USB-A charging ports.