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What do you need to know about automatic voltage regulators?

  1. It can protect electrical products from surges
  2. It has quick-start features
  3. It is ideal for areas with frequent power outages
  4. It has built-in circuit breakers
  5. Maintains preferred voltage of various appliances

Have you ever experienced your laptop not turning on even after charging it?
Did you notice a burning smell around it or near the socket that you plugged it into?
Unfortunately, your device may have been a victim of a power surge.

A power surge causes a spike in voltage, which certain electrical products are sensitive to. The increase in voltage may prove to be too much for the appliance, causing damage to its electrical components.

Cases like this can be prevented by investing in an Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR) from a local electrical company such as Meiji Electric.

AVRs protect computers, refrigerators, and other appliances against sudden changes in electricity by automatically returning the fluctuating levels back to normal. In order for you to better protect your electrical devices, you must understand how an AVR works and how it signals you during an ongoing power surge.

Want to better protect your devices and appliances? Read on!

 

It Can Protect Electrical Products From Surges

It Can Protect Electrical Products From Surges

Power surges have the capacity to damage multiple appliances all at once. The cost to repair each one will eat a good amount of your savings. As mentioned above, the main advantage of AVRs is that it can protect your electrical products from surges.

AVRs have the ability to detect and capture voltage fluctuations in order to regulate and correct the current. This means that the AVR senses any power surges coming from the source of electricity and automatically normalizes it before it even gets to your appliance.

The way it does so depends on the type of AVR that you purchase. Meiji Electric offers Servo-Motor Regulators with four universal outlets (SVC-500W) and Static Voltage Regulators (SRR-500).

If you have a type of appliance that cannot be turned off even for a short period of time, AVRs also include quick-start features for you to override the system.

 

It Has Quick-Start Features

It Has Quick-Start Features

Once an AVR detects a power surge, it will go into reset mode. This means that you may choose to delay the supply of electricity to your appliances by approximately 5 to 8 minutes. However, if you have certain types of devices that cannot be turned off for even a short amount of time, you may simply turn on the quick-start feature to override the power-on delay.

If you have a number of appliances that cannot be turned off for even a short while, AVRs will be a good investment for you. This is because AVRs are ideal for areas that experience frequent power outages, as these are the places likely to experience frequent power surges as well.

 

It Is Ideal For Areas With Frequent Power Outages

It Is Ideal For Areas With Frequent Power Outages

The Philippines is a country that experiences frequent power outages due to a variety of different reasons: stormy weather, unstable electricity supply, and even faulty electrical wiring. Did you know that power outages cause power surges?

This is because once the power comes back on, a sudden surge of current rushes into the electricity supply. This means that your appliances are in constant danger every time a power outage occurs. AVRs can be a good source of protection against these frequent occurrences.

AVRs also come with warning signs that will alert you during a power surge. This is called built-in circuit breakers.

 

It Has Built-In Circuit Breakers

It Has Built-In Circuit Breakers

Similar to transformers, AVRs have a fuse protective device that detects any excessive voltage levels. The fuse will blow to signify that a power surge is currently happening. Once the fuse blows, it also disconnects the supply of electricity to your appliances. This is to protect you from any short circuits that could potentially cause fires.

So, what should you plug your AVR into?

 

Maintains the Preferred Voltage of Various Appliances

Maintains the Preferred Voltage of Various Appliances

Each electrical appliance needs to be connected to a certain wattage. It is highly recommended that you purchase an AVR unit that has a power rating that is at least three times higher than the appliance.

For example, the ideal AVR unit for your air conditioning unit with a power rating of 1,000 watts is Meiji Electric’s SVC-3000W because it can withstand 3,000 watts. The reason for this is because it gives your AVR unit an allowance to withstand a sudden increase in voltage due to a power surge.

Take note of the wattage levels of each of your appliances before you go out looking for your own AVR. These are just some of the things that you need to know about AVRs. Help protect your electrical products with Meiji Electric.

 

Key Takeaway

Extreme changes in the levels of electricity coursing through your home may happen at any time. This could potentially damage a number of your electrical products, requiring you to pay expensive fees for its repairs. To make matters worse, these surges could cause short circuits that could cause a fire in your precious home.

Choose to protect your electrical products from power surges, short circuits, and power outages by investing in an Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR) from a local electrical company such as Meiji Electric.

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These past few days it has been raining pretty hard, it is evident that the summer season has ended and the rainy season has officially begun. For some, this is a great way to cool down from the annoying summer heat. As we bid the hot weather goodbye, we should now be prepared for the heavy rains that the rainy season will bring. Aside from packing up our raincoats, preparing emergency kits, and staying tuned on our radio and televisions for weather updates, we must never forget to exercise appropriate caution when it comes to electrical safety.

Unawareness of electrical safety procedures during the rainy season may lead to damage to properties, injuries or even death. We listed down some simple guidelines which will help you keep your family safe. Here are some safety precautions that you should practice during the rainy season:

 

MES 1303-1306 EXTENSION SET

Turn off switch before plugging or unplugging

  • Before plugging or unplugging devices, make sure that you switch off the power points first. Do not overload power outlets and replace your damaged extension cords with high quality products. The Meiji 13 and 20 Series Extension Cord MES-1303 to 1306, WRP 2104 and 2027 are high quality power strips with ratings from 1,200 to 2,500 Watts that comes in 3 to 5-meter ranges. It consists of 3 to 6 international outlets for the 13 series and 3 parallel outlets for the 20 series.

Check for wet switches and wires

  • In no way should you use appliances with faulty, exposed or splintered electrical wires. Do not touch wet electrical switches or anything electrical with bare hands and bare feet.

Turn off appliances

  • You should never leave your homes with heat producing appliances still switched on (i.e. iron, oven, microwave, hair dryers, and electric stove).

 

 

Meiji Home Panels

Turn off Circuit Breakers when doing repairs

  • When doing minor repairs like wirings or replacement of circuit breaker, make sure that the main circuit breaker is turned off at all times. Update your home electrical system with the latest home electrical distribution system. The Meiji Home Panel (MHP) comes in different sizes which are modern looking and `user friendly’. These are modular, fire resistant distribution boxes applicable for home distribution use. It is easy to install and use with a beautiful design that blends with your interior. That way you do not need to hide it in the kitchen cabinet like the conventional panelboard.

Keep water away from electrical appliances

  • Be extra cautious when operating electrical appliances near water supply points and ensure to turn it off after use. Appliances which were immersed in water should be disposed immediately or taken to the nearest appliances service center.

 

 

Meiji IP54 Enclosures

Ensure enclosures are weatherproof and rust proof

  • Never try to repair electrical system by removing tree twigs off electricity lines. Make sure your outdoor enclosures are weatherproof and rust proof like the MEIJI MHWP03 and MHWP05 IP54 WEATHERPROOF ENCLOSURES. These are made with fine, white, polycarbonate thermo-plastic materials to protect your circuit breakers from rain, dirt, dust, oil and spraying water. These will also not rust like the common steel type, or become brittle and crack like ordinary plastic enclosures.

Keep electrical installations away from water

  • Do not get near amassed water around electrical installations that may have downed wires nearby. Immediately call the electric company and report the location of any electrical fault and downed power cables.

 

Meiji AVR

Be prepared for power interruptions

  • Expect power interruptions due to heavy rains and typhoons. Buy a MEIJI Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR) SVC 500-10000 for your refrigerators and flat screen TVs. It is used to protect your computers and other appliances against surging and fluctuating of electricity by maintaining the load voltage against voltage variances. The Meiji AVRs are available from 500VA to 10,000VA. It also has a `power-on delay’ of about 3 minutes so as to protect the appliance from sudden surges of electricity after a power outage or brown-out; however, it also has a quick-start feature to override this in case of an immediate need.

 

Be careful of loose wires

  • Treat every loose wire as if it is always energized. Keep your distance from it and do not touch it unless you are already tested it or is certain that it is indeed a live wire.

Meiji Voltage Protector with Timer

Install Voltage Protectors

  • Voltage protectors should always be installed together with sensitive appliances which are plugged in power outlets. Install the Meiji Voltage Protector (TC-V002) to your refrigerators, laptops, and other appliances. It is a device that protects your appliance by cutting off power as it reaches the minimum allowable voltage drop or exceeds the maximum over voltage rating. It also has a `power-on-delay’ of about 2 minutes which can help prevent inrush current especially after a power outage or brown-out that may damage your appliances.

 

Keep combustible materials from electricity sources

  • Eliminate any accumulated combustible materials such as dust, dried leaves, fabric and paper from the area where electricity sources and appliances are located.

 

Avail of the Meiji Extension Sets, Home Panel Boards, Weatherproof Enclosures, Automatic Voltage Regulator and Meiji Voltage Protector at our showrooms located at Unit 15 Landsdale Arcade, Mother Ignacia, Quezon City and 1 Mabolo Street, New Manila, Quezon City. You can also visit any of our displays at ACE Hardware, Handyman or Ortigas Home Depot. Call us now at 448-7423, 727-5790, 414-4012 and 413-6636 and let us quote your various electrical requirements!

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AVR for Computers

Computers are staple in the modern person’s life. In the morning, we wake up and check our social media accounts, as well as traffic updates. At work, we communicate via emails and use computer programs to do our jobs. During lunch, we can order food online. When we get home, we browse online or play games to pass time before going to sleep.

The point is, computers have become an essential part of our daily lives. And although these equipment are resilient, we still need to be proactive in taking care of them. We all know the usual ways of protecting our PCs, such as keeping beverage away. We also use AVR in the Philippines to regulate the voltage level and avoid damaging the computer. However, there are other ways to take care of our computers.

Here are some of the ways you can protect and take care of your computer:

 

Wipe it Clean

We have a tendency to multitask while on the computer, and unfortunately, the ‘other tasks’ include eating. As a result, muck and grime gets stuck in the keyboard keys and on the mouse. Aside from refraining from touching your computer after or during eating, make sure to wipe it with a clean cloth from time to time.

Keep Magnets Away

Some computer models can be damaged thoroughly by magnets. Powerful magnets are actually capable of erasing a laptop’s harddrive!

Don’t Be Rough

Obviously, you shouldn’t be throwing your computer or any part of it. You shouldn’t be too rough with external devices as well – for instance, plugging a USB or external hard drive carelessly can damage the internal components.

Use Surge Protectors

A surge protector power strip doesn’t only let you plug multiple components in one outlet, it also protects your computer from power surges.

Defrag Your Computer

Don’t forget, you need to take care of your computer from the inside as well! Defrag your computer to improve its performance. This is like picking up pieces of data that are scattered in your hard drive and putting them back together.

Scan for Viruses

Part of protecting your computer from the inside is scanning your PC with an anti-virus/anti-spyware. It will not only protect your files from being corrupted, it will also protect you from possible hacking.

Declutter

Delete unimportant files and uninstall programs you no longer need. The computer can only store a limited amount of data and cause it to run slowly or even crash.

Back Up Data

Let’s face it, computers are bound to fail you sometimes, even for unknown reasons. Back up your data in case something happens to your PC so you won’t lose all your files.

Keep it Away from Windows

Make sure your computer is stored in a place where it is not subject to weather damage.

 

For the most part your computer should be running quite well on its own. The only thing you have to worry about not having control over are sudden power outages, which can damage your computer if it happens too often! Protect your computer from unexpected surging and fluctuating of electricity by using an Automatic Voltage Regulator – why not try one from Meiji?

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Automatic Voltage Regulators (AVRs) are widely used in industrial and household application to obtain the stability and good regulation of different electrical equipment. Hence, we must know the best capabiliAVR1ties an AVR should have.

  1. Surge Protection

Surge protection feature cannot be removed from an AVR as it is one of the main purposes of it. When power supply suddenly rise with a great intensity, surge protector built-in the AVR shields the computer or any other connected equipment from that strong power flow. With an AVR, the equipment is safe and secured as it continues to operate.

  1. Short Circuit ProtectionAVR2

Whether it is a circuit breaker or a fuse, what’s important is the protection it gives when short circuit happens. This feature of an AVR will cause the fuse or breaker to blow or trip first before anything can happen to the equipment associated with it. But this doesn’t mean that the AVR is damaged. Circuit breakers as short circuit protectors automatically trip and cut the power off. Fuses on the other hand, blow and also cut the power line. Thus, it must be reset or replaced upon occurrence of the short circuit.

  1.  Line Noise ReductionAVR3

The audible noise released from high-voltage lines is caused by the discharge of power that happens when the intensity of the electrical flow on the conductor surface is greater than the intensity necessary to start a flow of electric current. AVRs reduce line noises which can irritate users when using light or heavy-duty equipment.

  1.  Servo Motor Technology

AVR4Servo-Motor AVR uses an advanced electronic controlled servo-motor concept to control a motorized variable transformer. Because of the motors involved, there is a small delay in voltage correction. However, the output voltage is accurate. This capability of an AVR tends to be extremely effective when considering large applications, as it is able to maintain its accuracy despite of input balance and load balance at any power factor.

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Meiji AVRs got all these four features for you! From 500 to 10,000 power wattages, you can have the right and precise AVR.

Invest now in Meiji’s AVRs and experience the real enhancement for your valued equipment.

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investment.meijiHave you ever experienced a power fluctuation?  For most of us who are not technically-inclined, we don’t usually think or mind about power loads. But the power that comes in our house has everything to do with the bills we pay later. Interested? That’s what I thought.

Definition of power fluctuation

To put it in a layman’s definition, “power fluctuation” occurs when the voltage in your house or any place that uses electricity begins to fall or rise, meaning there is an inconsistency in the flow of electricity.

For example, you use your air conditioner, DVD player and TV at the same time.  Then you noticed that your lights flickered a bit. That is a sign of power fluctuation.

How about during a storm, you notice that before the power outage, your lights blinked along with your other appliances? You thought it was weird? No. Again, that is a sign of power fluctuation.

Power fluctuation might cause damage to appliances

Maybe most of us might think that it’s just normal. Yes, it is. Because we only depend on our power supplier and our power supplier only depends on power plant. That is why there is nothing we can do but to deal with it. But did you know that power fluctuation might cause little to serious damage to our appliances especially to sensitive ones like our computers and televisions? And that is something we shouldn’t be dealing with. Like what my Mom said, our appliances should be treated as an investment. So why just sit and let your appliances be damaged when you know you can do something?

Use Automatic Voltage Regulator

Meiji AVR 500WOne of this is through the use of Automatic Voltage Regulator or most commonly known as AVR. An AVR controls and limits the voltage going into a device or load. It is designed to automatically maintain constant voltage levels our appliances are receiving. AVR regulates input voltage for a stable electrical output. And through that, it also prolongs the usage life of an appliance. Perfect to be used especially with one of the most sensitive appliance in our household and offices, our personal computers. Since computer chips are very delicate that even a small power fluctuation could damage its hard drive, we need AVRs. Imagine the big hassle it would create if your computer crashed?

So now, who says our appliances couldn’t have a life saver? There will be is no reason to regret buying expensive and quality appliances because of our fear of power fluctuation. With Meiji Automatic Voltage Regulator, our investment is in good hands.

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Servo Motor AVRsAn AVR is located in more than one place in your home. You see it in the living room beside the Plasma TV, you see it in your room beside your desktop computer, and you see it in the kitchen beside the refrigerator. At the office, you see it in each working station beside their computers. It somehow became a general knowledge to buy it together with an appliance people value. And everyone also makes it a point to turn it on first before using the appliance plugged-into it. But what really is an AVR? And why spend more money to buy it after already purchasing a good quality appliance?

What are AVRs?

An Automatic Voltage Regulator is an electronic device or circuit that maintains an output voltage to be consistent to its load current. This is necessary because the voltage delivered to your home and mine may sometimes fluctuate which can cause serious damages to your appliance; if not completely destroying it. Fluctuations in power are brought about by so many factors. Some of these may be poor power regulations, electrical surges due to lightning, and many others. An AVR however, has a servomechanism inside that hunts the accurate voltage when surges happen in order to maintain the needed voltage level that ultimately protects your appliance.

Now you may ask, why not use an AVR in all my appliances? This friend may be a logical question but an impractical one. An AVR is usually necessary for appliances and equipments with electronic devices inside that may be sensitive to electrical surges. Examples of which are flat screen TV’s, audio/video equipments, computer systems, modern refrigerators and similar items. Simple home appliances that do not contain sensitive electronic devices like electric fans, blowers, portable radios, etc. do not need AVR’s.

In general, there are two types of an Automatic Voltage Regulator. One is the Relay Type and the other is the Servo Motor type. A Relay type AVR makes use of electronic circuitry like relays and semi-conductors to regulate the voltage. Servo Motor type AVR on the other hand, uses a magnetic core with a motorized servo mechanism to regulate the voltage. The servomechanism is the one responsible in switching connections in order to maintain the acceptable voltage. Durability wise, a Servo Motor type AVR is better than a Relay type as it can withstand voltage fluctuation better than the solid state Relay type which may easily get damaged.

Meiji supplies AVRs of complete wattages namely, 500, 1000, 1500, 2000, 3000, 5000 all in Servo Motor Type. The output consists of three 220V outlets and one 110V outlet. Meiji AVRs also provide you with an added protection of a delay feature of about 3-5 minutes in order to prevent electrical surges during the appliance’s initial power supply. However, for your convenience, a quick-start button feature is also available for you to bypass the delay feature.

All models of Meiji AVRs are fuse type. This is to protect users of the tendency of miscalculating load voltages being plugged-in to the AVR. In these occasions, the fuse will blow informing the user of an over voltage thus minimizing damage to the AVR and also to the appliance plugged-in. The user will only have to turn off the AVR, buy a replacement fuse from the available nearest hardware store, and switch back on Meiji AVR. And it works as good as new.

In addition to this, Meiji AVRs are very portable with handles that allow you to conveniently move the items to wherever locations necessary.

Aside from SVC-5000W, all models are ready-to-use. In Meiji AVRs, no need for you to assemble an outlet, a plug or a cord. In short, no added cost! For SVC-5000W however, due to its significant load and output, a qualified electrician/technician is necessary to safely install the load directly to the output terminals of the AVR by means of wires/cables.

For models SVC-3000W and SVC-5000W, Meiji AVR comes with a breaker. This breaker ‘trips’ or automatically turns off also in cases of over voltages that is too high to be accommodated by the fuse.

Now that you already know the importance of an AVR in your home, choose the AVR that can best protect your appliances/equipments.  Choose ‘Meiji’ AVRs!

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Servo Motor AVRsAn Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR) is one that is used to protect our computers and other appliances (i.e. refrigerators, flat screen TVs) against surging and fluctuating of electricity by maintaining the load voltage against wide variances.

This is also necessary especially for places where power outages frequently happen as such as our country resulting in excessive in rush current upon power resumption.

Servo-motor AVRs

Meiji AVRs are servo-motor type with 4 universal outlets (3: 220V and 1:110V). We also have power-on delay of 5-8 minutes so as to protect the appliance for sudden surges of electricity. However, we also have a Quick-start feature to override this in case of an immediate need. Like our transformers, our AVR units also have a fuse protective device for over voltage. This will be the initial warning as it blows to inform you or the user that the ampere rating being used is more than the allowable. It also protects your appliance against short circuits and other dangerous faults to avoid accidents like fire.

Included also is a convenient switch for easier turn-on and shut-off without the need of pulling the plug from your wall outlet.

For our 3000w and 5000w units, we also have a built-in circuit breaker to better protect your higher rated appliances. When it trips, this would be a warning that your appliance may be experiencing faults, shorts and/or others.

The features and benefits of Meiji AVRs are more than what you can ask for!

Available wattages:

500w

1000w

1500w

2000w

3000w

5000w

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