There’s a big difference between a power strip and a surge protector, although many people confuse the two. A power strip is just a multi-outlet device that performs no differently than a wall outlet. It provides more places to plug cords, but no additional protection other than that provided by a circuit breaker on the strip. A true surge protector is designed to blunt power spikes and dangerous surges than can damage or wreck everything from home computers to countertop mixers in the kitchen. Think of a surge protector as cheap insurance for your electronic devices. Here are three things to think about when you’re searching for one.