There are a variety of heating pads on the market., but this article answers the question if they should be used with surge protectors. Find out whether hating pads are safe and what you should consider before using them?
This is both a safety and common sense issue. Surge protectors are designed to allow electric current to pass through them uninterrupted. The power strip surge protector just needs to be able to handle the increased demand.
Heating pads are designed to generate heat by using electricity. When you plug them into a surge protector, the heating pad cannot reach its full potential because the voltage is limited by the current passing through the power surge protector.
It’s extremely dangerous to plug a heating pad into a surge protector. Because they were never designed to handle such high energy and will overheat and even cause fires. If you must use a surge protector for your heating pad, you should keep it on for no more than an hour at a time.
If you find that the heating pad is not reaching its full potential (i.e. shutting off before it should), it may be possible to grab another surge protector and attach both units to the same cord, but usually, this will also lead to overheating.
If you are looking for a surge protector that can handle the demands of both, buy one specifically designed for high-capacity appliances. They should be able to handle this type of load without overheating.
So keep in mind that these units are significantly more expensive than normal surge protectors. Despite their cost, they are still not recommended to use with heating pads.
Another thing, never use an extension cord with a heating pad. This can be incredibly dangerous as well because if the cord became too hot, it could easily melt through the insulation and cause a short circuit or fire.
Are heat lamps safe?
Heat lamps/space heaters are safe only when used as intended. When a heat lamp is being used, you should always have an adult nearby who can react to any problems that arise.
Always make sure the lamp is stable and cannot easily tip over, especially if you have pets or children in the area.
Never leave a heat lamp on when no one is present or at least nearby to ensure nothing goes wrong. Pets are curious creatures and will always try looking under the lamp if it’s on, even if they know it’s hot. When a heat lamp is plugged in, make sure the cord is not dangling near anything that can catch fire.
What things should you consider before plugging in a heating pad into a surge protector?
- Voltage: You should check whether your heating pad has the same voltage as the power strip.
- Current: If the current is higher than the cord for the power protector, then it can’t handle both at a time.
- Capacity: Make sure that your heating pad and power strip can handle the load (can’t overheat).
- Power Strip: While buying a power strip, consider its capacity. Don’t buy a power strip with less capacity to handle high-energy devices.
- Certification: Power strip should be UL certified.
- Environment: Always place the heating pad and powerful protector in a safe and dry environment.
- Test surge proterctor: Before plug-n your heating pad into a surge protector, check your surge power protector is it oky or not.
The final advice for you doesn’t plug your heating pad into the lower joules protector. If you have high joules rating surge protector or power strip, then you should plug in 2 heating pads or high voltage devices at a time. If you have lower joules rating surge protector, then only 1 device can be plugged in at that time.
Palash is an entrepreneur in the tech industry and the author of the Smart Home Protector. As a tech entrepreneur & reviewer of a home safety gadget store, his job helps customers remain on top of what’s coming next in our rapidly changing world.