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An Overview of Budget Surge Protectors

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Bill Kane, Aug 19, 2002.

  1. Bill Kane

    Bill Kane Well-Known Member

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    Overview of Budget Surge Protectors Under $100
    Much buzz is out there over larger, rack-style, surge protection black boxes ranging to $700. For those whose needs are more modest with midsized systems, who are not exposed to constant electrical/lightning storm activity, and who benefit from reliable, constant voltage delivery from their public power utilities, smaller, sit-on-the-floor surge protectors can give adequate, peace-of-mind protection.
    Here are several robust units, some of them of recent redesign, that appear to fill this less costly niche for users of mid-power receivers and other HT components and with various cable tv or satellite systems. All use the standard MOV (metal oxide varistor) coils. The only flash on these units are the diagnostic LED lights.
    Hints: Look for UL 1449 Listing and higher Spike amperage capacity (over Joule Single Spike Dissipation numbers. See Why).
    Note: Panamax Max Series is higher design than Powermax 8 Series. Tip: Look for the new all white series with "SurgeGate Plus."
    Panamax Max8 DBS +5 ($149.95 MSRP; or $74.99 at www.discountpanamax.com
    Outlets – 8 (4 always on, 4 switched)
    Accommodates two satellite system receivers
    Two Sat Coax lines - Clamping level of 27V
    Two Antenna/Cabletv lines – Clamping level of 0.7V
    Single Phone Jack pass-thru for pay-for-view
    UL 1449 Listing for 330V surge Clamping Level
    Spike Capacity - 52,000A
    Undervoltage (brownout) Overvoltage protection circuit- 78V/147V
    RF/EMI line noise filter
    15A 1800-watt capacity
    Hard plastic chassis
    Warranty - $5 million connected equipment protection policy. Expanded 3-year or 5-year warranty for LNB and DBS receiver.
    Panamax Max8 COAX ($89.95 MSRP; $79 at discountpanamax.com)
    Outlets - 8 as above
    One cabletv line at 0.7V clamping
    Under/Over voltage protection 78V/147V
    Joule Rating 1650
    Surge Clamping 330V and Spike capacity 52,000A
    UL 1449 Listing
    15A 1800-watt
    $5 million connected equipment policy
    Panamax Powermax8 COAX ($49.95 MSRP)
    One cable line
    Specs same as DBS+3
    No undervoltage circuit
    UL 1449 Listing
    $100,000 connected equipment policy
    TrippLite ISOBAR6 DBS ($77.50 at partsexpress.com) Click for picture
    Outlets – 6
    One Satellite line
    One Antenna/Cabletv line; Clamping voltage both lines 7.5V
    Single phone line jack
    UL 1449 Listed Clamping voltage 330V
    Surge current capacity – 92,000A
    Joule Rating 2850
    No undervoltage circuit
    RF/EMI line noise filter
    Power On/Off switch
    Aluminum chassis
    Warranty - $50,000 lifetime equipment coverage. Product Replacement – Lifetime.
    Belkin SurgeMaster Gold F9G933-10 ($67.99 MSRP and under $40 online)
    Outlets – 9
    Specifies Projection TV capable
    One Satellite coax
    One Antenna/Cabletv line
    One phone line
    UL 1449 Listed 330V clamping
    Joule rating 2950
    Spike current capacity 150,000A
    RF/EMI line noise filter
    No undervoltage circuit
    Lifetime Unlimited Connected Equipment Warranty
    Here's a newer more hefty Belkin for $119 MSRP AV Pro
    MonsterPower HTS850 ($129.95 MSRP; or $109.99 at discountpanamax.com)
    Outlets – 8
    Two coax connections for mixed sat/cable/antenna
    Single phone jack line
    Joule Rating 2590
    Surge Clamping voltage 330V
    Coax cable clamping 75V
    RF/EMI “Stage 1” AC line noise filter
    Audible alarm for surges plus status lights
    No undervoltage circuit
    No specified UL Listing
    15A, 1800-watt capacity
    $150,000 connected equipment warranty
     
  2. Bill Kane

    Bill Kane Well-Known Member

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    I might add Monster HTS11000(8 outlets) and 2000(12 outlets) to the entry list, but NOT the AR-10 "mystery" boxes; who knows what's inside?

    bill
     
  3. Chu Gai

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    the shadow knows...hehehehehehe [​IMG] btw, ever go to a computer show and see those overseas power directors/surge protectors for sale with no UL listing whatsoever? gives me the willies!
     
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    Many thanks for the informative post! [​IMG]
     
  5. David_Rivshin

    David_Rivshin Well-Known Member

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    Just an update to some of your prices, Buy.com has good deals on many of these models, for instance:
    Tripplite ISOBAR6 DBS - $54.12
    Panamax MAX 8 DBS+5 - $55.70
    Belkin SurgeMaster Gold F9G933-10 - $33.14
    MonsterPower HTS850 - $85.89
    I'm sure some could be found even cheaper elsewhere, but I just remembered getting my ISOBAR6DBS at Buy.com awhile back for about $50 [​IMG]
    -- Dave
     
  6. Bill Kane

    Bill Kane Well-Known Member

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    Dave, that's great input! These are moving targets, but the gist is that there are plenty of
     
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    At Bill's wise urging, I recently picked up the Tripp Lite Isobar 6, and I have never been happy with such a "useless" part of my home theater. Simply by picking up the box I knew this was a solidly built surge protector that will help to protect my goods for years to come.
     
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    Since this thread got bumped, I'll add a new "explainer" I found from the APC company HERE that tells why Joule Rating alone isnt sufficient indicator, compared to a U.L.1449 and 330V "let-through" voltage specs.
     
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    bumped with some editing additions.
     
  10. Adam_S

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    I have a Panamax Max8 coax for my HT set up and I'd like to get something similar for my computer, the only catch is I need something that has the capability to protect ethenet lines as well, I see ones with phone lines but none for ethernet lines. Anyone know of a sub 80$ surge protector with Ethernet capability?

    Adam
     
  11. Bill Kane

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    Adam,
    TrippLite has a bunch of them from $$$ to $$ to $. Take a look HERE.
    The No. 10 seems to be the smallest in-line model.
    Paanamax also has these All-Path that connect to a Panamax Max8, so see if the connectors fit your need.
    bill
     
  12. Lee Petty

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    i just want to ask what you think about a UPS in the system as well?
    i have a lot of on/off/on/off power flickers here, one time of which zapped the remote receiver for my ceiling fan. i would think a UPS would be beneficial behind a good power strip, hooked up to at least the tv and receiver (usually the 2 most expensive components).
     
  13. Bill Kane

    Bill Kane Well-Known Member

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    Lee, I'd be glad to talk about this, but why not start a new thread and get more responses. This particular topic thread really wasnt intended for a back and forth, just a guideline[​IMG]
    bill
     
  14. Lee Petty

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    thats ok bro,
    i did a search and found out what i needed to know pretty much, and learned about the pure sine wave stuff. doesnt look like the ups will be going in the HT here. =)
    the panamax max8 dbs+5 was either out of stock or a bit pricey for me right now at most places, so i went with the tripplite isobar6 dbs. they have a good record for payoff on damaged equipment from what i hear.
    thanks
     
  15. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Well-Known Member

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    Well the main use of something like that is typically to provide power for a short time in order to effect an orderly shutdown. However some of these units also have the ability to also provide a constant voltage output. The thing is, is that depending upon the unit, it'll either output a true sine wave or it'll put out a 'sawed' output on a regular basis. I'd think that the latter would not be desirable. The sine wave output devices are considerably more money.
    Now if what your question had more to do with looking to provide a measure of redundancy with regards to surge supression, then perhaps your needs would be better served with units like brickwall, adcom, surgex...etc. Those are non-mov units that currently meet the strictest implementation of UL 1449 including the optional parts.
     
  16. Lee Petty

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    yes, i was looking for something to keep my system running smoothly during a power flicker. i have a ups for my computer that has worked great for the last few years. just wanted something to keep my components in my HT from having a lot of on/off flipping.
     
  17. AaronGo

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    Just wanted to say thanks for this info - it was just what I was looking for!
     

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