Heavy Duty Ground Straps: The Type That Grandma Would Be Proud Of

Let's talk Heavy Duty Ground Straps! Not just any type of Ground Straps. We mean HEAVY DUTY Ground Straps. Hard Core. Fierce. Down and Dirty. Rugged. Tough as Nails. Relentless. Tenacious. Climbing Mount Everest.....without any oxygen....type…

Grounding: Electrical Safety or Teenage Angst

Grounding? You mean I'm grounded?! The word "grounding" is certainly never one you want to hear as a teenager. Especially from your parents. Grounding means no car. No smartphones, tablets or other devices. No sleepovers. You are basically…

Surge Protectors, Why Are They Important?

What is a Surge? A surge is an increase in voltage significantly above the design level in a flow of electricity. Any household product can also cause a power surge in homes. The main causes can be from a storm or single lightning strike near…
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Staying Grounded on Groundhog Day: No Toasters in the Tub Please

Groundhog Day! A wonderful time of year. Ski and snowboarding season is still at full throttle. Yet, the whispers of spring are just around the corner. Not to mention, a reminder of one of our favorite movies of all time, Groundhog Day. A…

Lead-Free and Lead Solder: What is the Difference

Many electronics use solder as the "glue" to attach components to circuit boards. Whether lead-free or lead solder, the function is the same. Lead-free and lead solder do perform the same function. However, different products and applications…

Commercial Power Strips: Top Four Reasons You Need Them

There are multiple reasons to need commercial power strips. The most important of these have to do with their uses and their reliability. Power Strips are Rigorously Tested to UL Standards   Safety is the number one concern, especially when…

Capacitors and Integrated Circuits: Part 4 PCB and Components

Capacitors There are multiple options for the material of capacitors. There are also different purposes for each material. The materials range from ceramic to Teflon. Although the materials are all different from each other they all have…
Magnetic Based Work Lights

Thinking Warm with Magnetic Based Work Lights at Falconer Electronics

Are you cold today? Freezing? January is certainly living up to chilly expectations. In most parts of the country anyway. Well at Falconer Electronics, we like to Think Warm. Even though thermostats in our neck of the woods are flirting with…

Switches- Toggle, Joystick, and Push-button: Part 3 PCB and Components

Switches Switches are components that have the ability to go between conducting electrical energy and not conducting energy. Therefore, Switches control the current flow on a circuit board. This control is easier than having to go in by hand…

Cables and Wires: The Similarities Between Them

Do you know the similarities between cables and wires? Wires and cables are very similar in nature and they can have similar purposes. The Main Similarities The main similarities between cables and wires are that they both conduct electrical currents.…
Resistors, Diodes, and Transistors

Resistors, Diodes, and Transistors: Part 2 PCB and Components

Resistors, diodes, and transistors are integral parts of a functioning Printed Circuit Board. Without them, a PCB would not be able to perform its tasks. Each of these components has a specific function. Resistors      Resistors are a…

How We Started Selling Metal Power Strips Directly to Consumers

An interesting and unexpected phone call arrived. The caller asked, "Can I purchase one of your Metal Power Strips?" Hmmm, that was odd. This was a consumer who inspected one of our power strips powering a display at a major retailer. We…