Aug 23, 2019 - 01:20 AM
A brownout is an intentional or unintentional drop, or sag, in voltage in an electrical grid. Brownouts occur, most often, during heavy load times, when too much electricity is demanded, or during severe weather. Electrical providers will reduce the amount of power delivered to each home in order to prevent a full blackout. Therefore, homes will be operating on less power than normal. The reduced and varying levels of power can ruin appliances and devices, especially computers and TVs. When power levels change dramatically, certain devices are unable to handle the shift and may be ruined. A computer, for example, cannot regulate the amount of power it receives, and therefore, may be ruined or severely malfunction when power decreases then suddenly spikes back up to a high level. Power strips and surge protectors may help to reduce the strength of the power surge. This will protect your devices when the power is fully restored.