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Plug with Integrated Surge Suppressor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112090D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brennan, TC: AUTHOR

Abstract

A "smart" plug with integrated surge suppressor and LED indicator to indicate the status ("tripped" or in operation) is described.

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Plug with Integrated Surge Suppressor

      A "smart"  plug with integrated surge suppressor and LED
indicator to indicate the status ("tripped" or in operation) is
described.

      Currently sensitive electronic equipment (such as PCs, hi - fi
equipment, etc.) can be protected by surge suppressors boxes which
plug into to wall.  These typically have multiple outlets and a
indicator (LED) indicating whether the unit is active or "tripped" or
disabled by a huge surge.  The surge suppressors serve multiple
components and are of "general" specifications and not tailored to an
individual component.

      The solution is to include the surge suppressor circuitry
including an LED indicating status in the plug of the sensitive
device.  (The plug meaning the part with prongs which plugs into a
wall outlet.)  The advantages are:

1.  The status of the surge is in a very natural place since if a
    problem is detected the user will likely check the outlet anyway
    to make sure it is plugged in.

2.  Blown surge suppressors would be easier to replace than circuitry
    inside the computer or component.

3.  The quality and specifications are under the control of the
    manufacturer of the component.

      Because this solution is much more user friendly.  A consumer
can check an individual component by merely looking at where it is
plugged in - which is needed anyway to determine if the component can
get power in the first place.  In addition,...