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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 your home.  Also, power lines and utility poles that are not working properly due to damage by animals, tree limbs, and car accidents. The burst of electricity can enter your home by telephone or power lines. This can cause an overload of power that needs to escape somehow.

Why Use a Protector?

Surge Protectors are extremely important in the home. They can be found almost everywhere, especially in outlet strips. Outlet strips can be for anything you can imagine in the home. Without proper protection, they can also harm your electronics if an electrical storm were to come about. Current electronics are much smaller and more delicate than older machines and are therefore more sensitive to current increases. It’s a good idea to use surge protectors for high-end electronic equipment, such as entertainment center components. By using this protection, generally, you can extend the life of a device.

Key Tips and Tricks!

Here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind when choosing your protection!

  1. Always look for outlet strips that are properly tested to the standards of a UL certification.
  2. Don’t overload your outlet strip, this can cause too much electricity to run through the outlet strip at one time. This can cause fires, electric shock, and many more dangerous situations.
  3. Make sure to check your outlet strips on a regular basis. A strong enough electrical current could have broken the protection without your knowledge.
  4.  Pay attention to how many joule ratings your outlet strip has. The higher the rating the better!
  5. Make sure you have an indicator light. This is for proper grounding in your strip.

 

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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

 UL Power Strips CSA ETL

Safety is the number one concern, especially when interacting with electricity. Therefore, when using a power strip, it is important to know that it can perform its intended duties safely. The testing laboratories conduct on products are rigorous to guarantee that there are no safety concerns. Each of the tests that these labs perform on a commercial power strip ensures its reliability.

Our Power Strips are Durable and Reliable

Our Commercial Power Strips power product displays in some major brick and mortar retailers. These retailers include businesses such as Walmart and Lowe’s. These retailers have worked with us for years because our products are reliable. Every time that you enter one of these retailers you see electronic displays showing working products. Many displays need to have power running to them. Without reliable power strips, those displays would still hold these products. But really, who wants to see a display sitting there doing nothing?

We Offer a Lifetime Warranty

Today there are a lot of disposable items. Customers expect to have to replace their home electronics within a range of five to ten years.  Therefore, seeing warranties on products have become a rare and surprising thing.  A lifetime warranty has especially become the unicorn of the electronic industry. That’s what sets our products apart from others. Not only have our products been through safety testing as previously stated but they also have a lifetime warranty.

There are Many Versatile Uses

Many times, when we see power strips in retail stores there is one standard option for how many outlets are available. This limits how many electronics you can safely plug into them. As an alternative, we offer four different options for power outlets. A small four outlet line can be used for living room gadgets like a television, disc player, computer, and lamp. Alternatively, a larger power line of twenty outlets can be useful in a workshop or craft room where you need multiple tools, lighting, and fans plugged in at the same time safely. Also, we give the customer the option of custom designing their own power strip.

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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 have been producing killer Metal Power Strips for over 30 years. Strictly as product display units. Not for resale or consumer sales.

Then another call came in. Then another.

Shoppers began taking notice of our Metal Power Strips powering retail product displays. Primarily in use at major retailers. Consumers were contacting our office to purchase these high-quality Metal Power Strips direct.

4 Outlet Commercial Power Strip 8 Outlet Commercial Power Strip

Heavy Duty Metal Power Strips for Consumers

Major retailers trust the Falconer Electronics brand for the ruggedness, durability, and reliability. Since 1985, our customers have included Walmart, Lowe’s and many more. These Metal Power Strips work relentlessly powering product displays all throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Due to high demand, these Heavy Duty Metal Power Strips are now available for sale at www.FalconerElectronics.com.

As an American Manufacturer, we take tremendous pride in delivering a quality product. On time. Every time.

All metal power strips are produced and assembled in the USA at our facility in Falconer New York. Available in a line of four sizes.

In addition, we keep our costs as competitive as possible. This is done by sourcing products domestically and globally. We start with local vendors first. For example, each Power Strip is manufactured with U.S. fabricated steel from a local steel fabricator. This relationship offers incredible flexibility and speed to tackle any project.

Also, all power strips are tested to rigorous UL standards.

Need a Custom Size? 

Do you have a unique project that requires a custom made heavy duty power strip?

If so, let’s chat! We pride ourselves on offering product solutions. Customers face tough challenges. We strive to work closely with you to solve those problems.

As a custom manufacturer, our team, infrastructure, and experience offer the flexibility to conquer nearly any project to fit your needs.

No job is too big. No job is too small.

Call us today to discuss your project requiring a Metal Power Strip. Since our humble beginnings in 1985, we always consider it a sincere privilege to serve our customers.

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Heavy Duty Outlet Strips

Falconer Electronics has been producing high-quality Heavy Duty Outlet Strips since 1985. Rugged, tough and tested by rigorous UL standards. In particular, you can find our outlets powering product displays at major brick and mortar retailers. From popular demand, our team created a new line of outlet strips to sell to the public. These reliable power strips can be purchased directly from our new e-commerce store (click here).

HEAVY DUTY OUTLET STRIPS  

When you purchase a Commercial Power Strip from Falconer Electronics, you have the confidence that your project is powered by a durable and reliable product. All Heavy Duty Outlet Strips are manufactured with U.S. Fabricated Steel and assembled in the USA. Power Strips at Falconer Electronics come with a Lifetime Manufacturer Product Warranty.

Buy Direct and Save! 

Buy Direct! No Middleman! No Additional Markups! These dependable and long-lasting commercial outlet strips are only available on www.FalconerElectronics.com. Take advantage of the tremendous savings when you buy directly from the manufacturer at Falconer Electronics.

Major Retailers Trust Falconer Electronics 

Since 1985, many of the biggest names in retail have put their trust in Falconer Electronics for Commercial Power Strips. Our Heavy Duty Outlet Strips power literally thousands of product displays in major brick and mortar retailers across the U.S. at Walmart and Lowe’s. You can now purchase the same high-quality Commercial Power Strips that major retailers have relied on for over 30 years.

High Quality and Efficient 

The F0216 Series Power Strip offers an efficient method of power distribution for workbenches, wall mount or other applications. Includes 5-15R output receptacles arranged to accept equipment plugs with minimal outlet blockage. Power strips include a 6 foot AC line cord with adjustable mounting brackets for a variety of temporary mounting applications. Corded, multi-outlet strip reduces cabling chaos and enables the connection of multiple electrical devices to a single AC wall outlet. Features rugged USA fabricated steel housing, 15 amp resettable circuit breaker/switch and industrial gray powder coat.

Certifications

cETLusUL1363 Relocatable Power Tap

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10. Don’t Overload Your Power Strips

When you overload your power strips there is potential for a lot of danger. Not only can it cause fires. Also, if you get too close to this mess you may never see those you love again.

overloaded power strips

9. Don’t Use A Power Strip With A Damaged Power Cord Or Receptacles

Damaged power strips can cause a lot of problems. They can start themselves or whatever appliance you have plugged into them on fire.  Check all of your outlet strips before you use them or you could be wishing for the days when burnt toast when you’re late for work was the worst of your issues.

Burning plug in outlet Burnt and melted power strip

8. Don’t Use Power Strips If There Is Water On Or Near Them

Electricity and water do not mix. Water can cause a power strip to short out which can cause electrocutions or fire. Real life electrocutions are not like the funny cartoons of Tom and Jerry and they aren’t as easy to recover from either.

When power strip are streaming water

7. Don’t Place Power Cords Or Outlet Strips Of Any Kind Under Carpets Or Rugs

If cords are under rugs or carpets they are easily out of view. People often think that if it is only temporary nothing bad will happen. If it is only for Christmas decorations then that cord will be there such a short time it will be alright. Cords can receive damage from being walked on. This is especially true around holidays. This is due to the extra people in the home. Also, if a cord is hidden under a rug that means you can easily forget that it is there and trip over it causing injury. No one wants to be the star of the next commercial with the famous line “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”.

A dangerous fall A broken cable

6. Don’t Put Metal Wear Into Receptacles

Metal conducts electricity. Your body can easily be electrocuted by electricity. Do the math here and don’t put anything that isn’t a plug into any kind of outlet.

Electrocution

5. Don’t Pull Cords Out Of Power Strips Except By Their Plugs

When you pull on a cord you have the potential of breaking that cord. You can short out the wires internally or you can even break apart the outer insulation of the cord leaving wires exposed to the elements and loved ones. We all know unplugging something from across the room takes that extra effort and that it’s so much easier at the moment to just yank the cord free. However, the few seconds of movement you saved will not be worth more than the potential cost of replacing whatever that power cord was attached to before you just pulled it apart.

Broken power cord  Broken and charred power cord

4. Don’t Plug A Power Strip Into Another Power Strip

Power strips are not made to be hooked together in series. There is the potential of overloading one or both of the strips and then causing a fire or electrocution. Just move your appliances around to other wall outlets and save yourself the hazard of damages.

Multiple power strips plugged into each other

3. Don’t Force Plugs Into None Compatible Receptacles

Everyone who has ever traveled to another country has experienced this dilemma. They sell adapters so you don’t have to go without your precious hair dryer or curling iron while you travel the world. Everyone knows while traveling you take more pictures, those pictures will last a lifetime. If you try to plug in that hair drier without an adapter your dryer won’t make it through that first day.

Wrong plug for the wrong outlet Another wrong plug for the wrong outlet

2. Don’t Use Power Strips Or Their Cords As A Rope To Tow Objects Or Yourself

Power strips are not made to hold or tow any type of weight. Even in desperation using a power strip or its cord could result in serious injury or damage. If you’re really desperate to move something literally choose anything else besides electrical devices. The cords will break and you will just end up looking like a fool for not using the rope that you have in the basement.

 Always use proper equipment for towing or recreation

1. Don’t Use Indoor Power Strips Outdoors

Indoor power strips are not meant to be in the elements. Therefore, rain, snow, or high winds could cause damage to your power strip. Damage could affect anything that is plugged into to that power strip. Furthermore, anything that the strip is plugged into could be damaged as well, like your house. As we said before water and electricity DO NOT MIX! You could get electrocuted, short out your power strip and devices, or even start a fire. High winds blow things all around like cows and trees. Debris could be blown into the outlets causing dangerous conditions as well.

Power cord and strip in a pool Burnt and melted power strip

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Safety

Safety for Outlet Strips

Safety            Outlet strips have many different uses in everyday life. They have many safety features as well to keep everyone safe. Extension cord, power strip or surge protector devices provide an important method of bringing temporary power to electrical devices that need to be used in areas not located near a wall outlet. Therefore these are a temporary fix and shouldn’t be used for more than 90 days in a single spot.

Most light duty extension cords are only rated for a maximum of ten amps or 1200 watts and most strip cord, power strip, and surge protectors are rated at 15 amps (1875 watts). All Outlet strips are equipped with surge protectors. A surge protector is a device designed to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes. Also a surge protector attempts to limit the voltage supplied to an electric device by either blocking or shorting to ground any unwanted voltages above a safe limit. In conclusion, all outlet strips also include an on/off switches and are made to be as safe as possible.

Here are some important safety tipsSafety

  1. The total watts should not exceed the rated capacity of the extension cord, power strip, power tap or surge protector you are using.
  2. Designed for computers, audio and video equipment, musical instruments, home movie lighting, home workshops and laboratory equipment
  3. Ensure that you purchase power strips with an internal circuit breaker.
  4. Use power strips sparingly
  5. Look for Outlet strips that are UL or ETL Certified
  6. Don’t knot or twist the cord
  7. Overloading of outlet strips can be caused by using the power strip for high-voltage items that are not intended to be plugged into ancillary power sources, such as refrigerators, microwaves or space heaters.
  8. Do not locate a surge protector in a moist environment
  9. Don’t locate a power strip in any area where the unit would be covered with carpet, furniture, or any other item that will limit or prevent air circulation.
  10. Never use a cord that feels hot or is damaged in any way
  11. Power cords should never be nailed, stapled, or taped to the desk, wall, ceiling, baseboard, or another object.
  12. Use exterior rated cords outside use. Also do not use indoor extension cords outdoors
  13. Do not extend extension cords by plugging into another. Therefore, overloading can occur when multiple devices are plugged into one cord.

May is Electrical Safety Month! During which we will continue focusing on safety issues, concerns, hazard prevention, along with so much more! Check out our Facebook page for “Electrical Fail Fridays” and “What not to do” every week this month. Also you can also find us on Twitter and Google+. Continue to check out our blogs throughout every week this month for more information on Electrical Safety!