Originally Posted by stamfordmike
What do people think of this one? It's a Tripp Lite TLP604 and it's only $9 bucks
Why does no one post spec numbers? Because none of those protectors - APC, Tripplite, Panamax, etc - claim protection in numeric specs. A majority recommend those products only because that is the popular retail myth. Promoted by the same facts that also proved Saddam had WMDs. Any facility that cannot suffer damage would never install those plug-in products.
For example, your telco's computer is connected to overhead wires all over town. Therefore it suffers more than 100 surges with each storm. How often is your town without phone service for four days while they replace that computer? Never?
Of course. Telcos everywhere in the world earth a 'whole house' protector. Do not waste money on the Tripplite, et al solutions. Then even direct lightning strikes do not cause damage - even to the protector.
Only more responsible companies sell 'whole house' protectors. Names that any 'guy' would recognize including Siemens, Square D, General Electric, Intermatic, or Leviton. For example, the Cutler-Hammer solution sells in Lowes and Home Depot for less than $50. That is less than $1 per protected appliance for a solution that has been well proven for over 100 years.
Appreciate how many recommend protectors that do not even claim protection in their numeric specs. Don't take my word for it. Show us specifications that list each type of surge and protection from those surges? No numbers exist. Those are not for protection. Those are profit centers. Sold on hearsay. Same protector circuit sells in grocery stores for $7.
So let's view those spec numbers. See those hundreds of joules? How does a protector rated at hundreds of joules magically absorb destructive surges that are hundreds of thousands of joules? It doesn't. Notice how many completely ignored those numbers.
All appliances contain significant protection that makes hundreds of joules surges irrelevant. A tiny surge that cannot damage appliances may easily damage a plug-in protector. Since the protector fails, then wild speculation says, "The protector sacrificed itself to save my computer."
Reality. Protection already inside the computer saved the computer. The protector abandoned the computer, as fast as possible, to the surge. But that failure gets the naive to recommend that ineffective protector - a profit center. Why do TV store salesman so encourage that protector sale? They know where profits are highest.
Protection is always about where energy dissipates. One 'whole house' protector (properly earthed) means no energy is inside the building. No appliances damaged. A protector is only as effective as its earth ground - which must be avoided to promote myths and the ineffective (high profit) protector. You don't need the scam. You need a 'whole house' protector with proper earthing.