Tripp Lite ISOBAR units - only rated for 12 amps

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  1. ThomasL

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    Does anyone know why their higher end surge protectors would be only rated for 12 amps while the cheaper ones are 15 amps? I assume it has something to do with the design inside.

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  2. TimForman

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    I think it's going to depend on how many devices you want to plug in and also how many amps the circuit can handle in the first place. In most US homes a typical circuit breaker is set to trip at 20 amps or sooner. Even on a 20 amp circuit you will not likely exceed 17 amps. On surge protectors the biggest concern is voltage and how fast it will disperse, absorb or shut off the incoming surge or spike. As to why a surge protector would be rated at only 12 amps may be due to fusing or the method of protection. If the equipment you're using draws 10 amps or less it probably isn't a concern.
     

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