High temperatures continue to generate multiple power outages in various parts of Argentina. Vacillations in the electrical system can generate the total damage of an equipment. Technology experts give recommendations on how to care for electrical products when there are changes in voltage.
Within the framework of a major heat wave, which especially affects the center-east of Argentina, and with more impacts on the AMBA, power outages are increasing and with it the risk of affectation in electrical equipment. The maximum temperature in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires reached its historical maximum in 117 years of records this Thursday, March 2, 2023, with 37.9°C at 1:00 p.m., tying the previous record of March 7, 1952.
Power outages and surges and sags are not new when temperatures rise, and these vacillations can cause damage to all kinds of electronic devices. Nowadays, most of the jobs are carried out in a hybrid way, which means that they require the use of a computer at least – and even more in some cases -, which is why it is essential to know the steps to follow in case of a fault in the electrical system.
Sudden changes in voltage can burn the internal electronic cards of a piece of equipment and cause its total destruction. All electronic devices are designed to operate at specific voltages, which is why a power outage, which generates a drop in the volts that equipment needs, can damage its circuits.
“When the power goes out we recommend unplugging all electronic devices instantly, because if the drop in voltage did not damage it, the increase in it can”explains Gabriel Bahamondes, ASUS Technical Marketing and PR Coordinator for Spanish-speaking South America. “It is possible that when electricity returns, it will do so at lower or higher levels than normal. In these cases, speaking specifically of notebooks, the charger would be affected, an element that protects the equipment against electrical changes.he added.
In turn, the ASUS expert suggests using voltage protectors for home consumption, which in the event of a change in current, cuts off the power supply to prevent the equipment from receiving a harmful amount of volts for your system. This product is recommended for notebooks and other electronic devices.
On the other hand, there are voltage stabilizers, which will allow a steady current flow to be maintained at its output, even though there are voltage variations at its input. “In the case of offices, the entire electrical line can be regulated, using a stabilizer in the computer center,” adds Bahamondes. “When choosing a protector or voltage stabilizer, it is advisable to consult an expert, since it is necessary to take into account what device it will be used for, and its power and specific electrical needs,” ended.