Surge Protection is a Vital for Video Surveillance Systems

Protect your video surveillance systems with high quality surge protection 

Surge protectors are an inexpensive way to protect your security cameras and expensive electronics from spikes in electrical current that can cause severe damage to connected devices.  Microchips found in Analog, HD, Hybrid, Network video recorders and security cameras and surveillance monitors are very sensitive to sudden voltage spikes.  It is imperative to know that; not every power strip is a surge protector!

A Power Strip is a block of electrical outlets that distribute AC power to electrical devices. Usually a power strip has multiple electrical sockets that are attached to the end of a flexible cable, its main purpose is to provide additional power outlets.

Surge protectors also have several outlets and a flexible cable but they contain a circuit-breaker or interrupter switch to quickly protect your security cameras, video recorders and surveillance products when voltage spikes. The two main types of surge protection are:  Metal Oxide Varistor (MOV) types that fail short-circuit. You typically find MOV in the power strips that plug into a wall outlet. The second type of surge protection is Silicon Oxide Varistor (SOV) which fail open-circuit. SOV’s are normally “whole house” surge protectors and reside at the main panel.  These can protect all of the surveillance- security products, appliances and expensive electronics that are plugged into the electrical system in your home or business. Surge protectors can prevent damage from most internal causes of surges and spikes however there are no surge protectors that guarantee protection against a direct lightning strike.

CCTV, Security Cameras, Surveillance Systems, Equipment & Components Surge Protectors 

Surge Protection is too important of a subject to only learn the basics.  We have included several links to articles and tips from experts in Tampa bay and nationwide.

To decrease your chances of sustaining damage to your security cameras, video recorder, encoder or network attached storage we recommend you purchase a surge protector made by a reputable manufacturer like the ones listed below:

DITEK Surge Protection is your first line of defense for Video Surveillance, Fire, Networking, Communications, Intrusion Detection, Access Control.

Zero Surge Their patented products have never experienced a surge failure or fire. Every unit is made in the USA and goes through stringent performance testing as part of their quality assurance program

Tripp Lite Surge Protectors & Power Strips

Belkin Surge Protectors


Lightning protection in Tampa Bay

All South Lightning Protection, Inc

All South Lightning Protection Inc. has grown to be one of the largest lightning protection companies in the Southeast. All South provides superior service in residential, commercial and industrial projects.

More Surge Protection Resources for Security Cameras Systems in your home or business.

Ratings – Testing – Certification

Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). After Listing a product with a NRTL, the manufacturer’s products are examined for compliance about every three months by unannounced inspectors. The current Safety Standard for Surge Protection Devices is ANSI/UL 1449

NEMA Surge Protection Institute (NSPI) is an educational outreach effort initiated by the Low Voltage Surge Protective Devices Section of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA),

UL 1449: Surge Protective Devices (SPD)

UL Standards Sales Site – Since 1901, UL has been creating Standards for product safety.


Home insurance policies can cover damages from lightning, brown outs, over voltage too.  Check with your agent to determine if your premiums + deductible is worth the price.



Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE)

International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Underwriters Laboratories (UL)


Surge protection for

Security & Surveillance Products.

Home automation & access control

Computers, laptops, printers and servers.

Routers, switches firewalls and all other network equipment.

Home entertainment systems, TV’s, Audio receivers, amplifiers

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