Whole House Surge Absorber.


I just installed myself "whole house" surge protector. I've already lost garage door opener due to line spikes last winter. Siemens style panel protector takes space of two standard circuit breakers - dual circuit breaker with built in MOV type surge arresters. Taking two spaces in my panel allows to suppress voltage spikes between each phase to ground and between two phases. Installation was very simple - placing double breaker in place of two singles and connecting thick ground wire to ground bar. Two green LEDs show active protection. Siemens recommends using it as additional protection when expensive electronic equipment is involved. I have all my gear plugged into Furman Elite 20PFI conditioner that has very tight non-sacrificial surge protection. My gear (DAC+Class D amp) is powered 24/7 but I always unplug it during thunderstorms. How do you protect your gear?
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Washer is $450, electronic control block is $350 blown by surge. Resurrected my old vintage 21 year old US made Wirlpool from garage with knobz, cleaned pumps, lubricated motor, replaced agitator and trashed the 2yr new one with blown electronic control block to the scrape metal yard. Same thing is happening soon with dryer. KNOBZ only no buttons darn! Don't wanna use Furman for my laundry closet LOL!
Audioquest4life, looks OK but is a bit expensive

Czarivey, Computer => Abacus :)
I have had the EP-2050 for 3-4 months now.
It's installed also on 2x30a breakers.
we do have nasty power here(Alberta Canada).
So far all is good.
The 2050 is a smaller version of EP's industrial models.
I also have two Torus(20a+60a)240v for my amps and components.
Also for my computers and TV's I use the digiplugs(JUST IN CASE)as I have had one computer get fried and one TV from the power up here.
2050 at the top of the panel closest to the incoming power ect.
Also installed the bigger ground filter from EP.
I believe I will eventually do a 2050 right at each Torus breaker.
Extreme perhaps,but more protection the better.
Creating a bubble within bubble type of protection.
A few years back I blew two F-113's that were plugged into the wall and the other two F-113's were plugged into the Torus.
The two that were connected to the Torus were fine same as my projector and other digital components.
Expensive lesson even though I bought the 13's used.
Over the last 4 years I've been buying a lot of Alan Maher Designs gear (thousands of $s of it) that is intended to reduce electronic noise, both in the system and in the home. Lots of different pieces to be installed all over the house, near components, etc. This really helps with the sound and is why I've kept adding it. But, it also does 2 other things: purportedly health benefits from reduced airborne EMI/RFI and also some measure of lightning/surge protection. The way he describes it, the lightning usually hits a tree near your house, runs down into the ground and finds the ground rod and gets into the home that way. We don't have to worry about strikes getting in from the service entrance, since the 1950's, b/c your local power co. has used a system of chokes and regulators every so often to prevent that. According to Alan, his stuff ends up working as a system of chokes and regulators inside the home. Probably the key piece I have, in that regard, is his Tricell Chemical Ground that is said to lower resistance on the ground leg in the whole home and buffers spikes and surges. But, in a near-enough strike it is itself sacrificial. But, if it's ever damaged by a strike, all I have to do is send it back to Alan and he will send me a new one free of charge. I use no other power conditioning or surge/spike protection in my house. I've never lost anything of value either before or since the AMD gear, but I do now have the peace of mind to not unplug everything during a storm...despite the fact that I live on "Lightning Drive" in a subdivision named "Stormy Ridge", no kidding!
Drummermitchel has it right EP 2050 is the way to go!