Surge Protectors...Consumer Reports

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  1. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

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    Just thought I'd throw it out there. Any thought Bill?

    The following ratings are based on research done by Consumer Reports Magazine. You will find additional information in the January 2000 issue on pages 49-50.



    Brand & Model Price Rating
    Tripp Life Isoltel 6 Ultra $70.00 Excellent
    Newpoint A505TC $60.00 Excellent
    APC SurgeStation $50.00 Excellent
    Professional 8 outlet with Tel Pro
    8T2 APC SurgeArrest $35.00 Excellent
    Professional 7 outlet with Tel Pro
    7T Curtis SP5000 $50.00 Excellent
    IBM 33L4725 $30.00 Excellent
    APC SurgeArrest $30.00 Very Good
    Personal 7 outlet with Tel Per
    7T Kensington 62144 $30.00 Very Good
    SmartSockets Premium Strip
    Newpoint S90TA $26.00 Very Good
    Curtis SP3200 $20.00 Very Good
    Newpoint ES50T $15.00 Very Good
    Kensington 62146 Smart
    Sockets Basic Strip $20.00 Very Good
    Belkin F5C595-Tel $30.00 Good
    SurgeMaster II
    Belkin F5C895-Tel $60.00 Good
    SurgeMaster II
    Tripp Life Super 7 + Tel $25.00 Good
    Belkin F5C695-Tel $40.00 Good
    SurgeMaster II Interex S1202M $25.00 Fair
    Belkin F5C572-Tel SurgeMaster $17.00 Fair
     
  2. Bill Kane

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    Yikes! I have a Belkin SurgeMasterII F5C695 Synapse Series and it may be only GOOD! Hello, Panamax MAX 5300...

    It would seem these CR ratings are for boxes used in computer/modem/peripherals applications, without reading the article's set-up protocol.

    For home theater, we generally tout the TrippLite Isobar 6 DBS model because it has the coax terminals we need for our cableTV or SAT line. So the TEL models reviewed really don't apply to HT reality.
     
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  4. Bill Kane

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    Gordon, I agree from where you're coming. I mean that these listed units appear to be computer station related and probably dont carry the F-terminal cable coax sets we need, as well as tel for SAT STB owners, in an all-in-one-box application.

    I am assuming these listed models carry Tel for internet modem purposes.
     
  5. ThomasL

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    I just read this Consumer Reports report recently. While the test was done in a computer environment, they simply sent surge after surge down the wire to see what the boxes did with it. What I got out of the article was that the Belkin units did not do very well while the Tripp Lite ISO line did very well. Some Belkin's continued to tell the user that the surge protection was working (via the LED) when in fact, it wasn't.

    The report is a few years old though and things are always changing but for me, I've decided to steer clear of "inexpensive" Belkin surge protectors.

    cheers,


    --tom
     
  6. RussKon

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    i suppose that we should expect consumer reports to only pick low cost surge devices....

    what about panamx, monster power, surgex, brickwall, zerosurge, furman, eta, tice, richard gray, and many of the high quality devices out there that many of us have in our systems?????

    of course, most of the above items cost alot more....consumer reports is one of the biggest offenders in the "dumbing down" for just about any product out there...

    russ
     

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