From USB Cables To Surge Protectors Understanding Technology Today

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Did you know that there are currently 101 million iPhone users in the U.S. alone? Each minute, 395 new iPhones are sold, and that’s just one type of smartphone. Smartphones in general have become a part of American life. We’re dependent on them for work and for personal reasons. They make it easier for us to get in touch with people, store data, and entertain ourselves. But they’re also major investments. Right now, the iPhone is certainly the “top dog” of the smartphone world. As of 2015, Apple had established itself as the biggest vendor of smartphones in the world, and has released nine generations of the iPhone. But the fact is that there is more to owning a smartphone, or any technological device, than just playing with it. Most quality technological devices, whether they’re iPhones or laptops, cost a good amount of money. Once you’re dependent on them, you don’t want to lose them — or the data they hold. With that being said, it’s crucial that you care for your technological devices. A part of caring for technological devices is ensuring that you’re using the right types of cables with them. It’s impossible, right now, to use most technological devices without utilizing cables in one way or another. So, whether you’re dealing with USB cables or HDMI cables, it’s crucial that you know what you’re doing. Using the wrong cable, or misusing a cable, could result in your device being damaged or even destroyed.

USB 3.0 Data Cables: What Are They?

One of the most common types of cables on the market is the USB 3.0 data cable — but chances are likely that you won’t know what it is off the top of your head. Even if you do, you could be misusing it. USB 3.0 data cables are meant to connect your device to another device that has a USB port — often a computer. This allows you to transfer data between the devices, as well as power up the main device (often a phone or tablet). Everyone uses these cables, and we depend on them for things like sharing pictures, as well as transferring files. USB 3.0 data cables are generally safe to use, but it’s important that you make sure that you’re following procedures correctly. For example — before unplugging the cable, ensure that your device has been ejected from your computer. Otherwise, the device could become damaged. You’ll also want to be aware of the range of data cables — not all of them are 3.0 versions. USB 2.0 cables are also on the market, but may not be what you’re looking for. When in doubt, ask before buying.

Surge Protectors: Do You Really Need Them?

Surge protectors, as the name suggests, protects your devices from power surges that can occur, technically, at any point in time. There are smaller surge protectors, as well as whole house surge protectors available. Whole house surge protectors are meant to keep excess voltage away from your home, and cost about $250. While that might seem expensive at first, keep in mind that the insurance claims for the damage caused by excess voltage often exceed $10,000 — this is a serious issue we’re talking about. You’ll want to look for a surge protector that has a UL rating of 1449, lower clamping voltage, and the capacity to absorb at least 600 joules of energy. A surge protect can save your devices, and keep your home from losing power — it’s well worth the investment.

Ethernet Cables: How Do They Work?

Many of us have become dependent on wifi. But in case of a loss of wifi, or if you just want a stronger connection for gaming or more heavy duty online surfing, you may want to invest in an Ethernet cable. Often, the connections they provide are even better than wifi connections. It’s simple — just plug them into their ports, and you’ll be able to connect.

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