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Metal oxide varistors catch fire in surge protection devices

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Arhi tipped us off to a potential problem in cheap surge protection devices. The metal oxide varistors (MOVs) found in surge protectors are prone to catching fire in cases of extended current surges. MOVs are designed to suck up short surges that might occur on power lines. Unfortunately, in case...

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