Take some time to read this Eaton CHSPT2ULTRA review so you will know if this whole house surge protector will be a good choice for your needs.
Overview of Eaton CHSPT2ULTRA
This Eaton surge protector is a type-2 SPD and this is installed in your loadcenter or breaker box. Eaton claims that this device will protect your home electronics including cable and telephone lines from damaging surges.
The unit only weighs a pound and has a quick connect design so you can easily connect this to any manufacturer’s breaker box. If you’re already familiar with it then simply check out its price over at any websites.
Who Is Mike Holmes?
The Eaton CHSPT2ULTRA is being endorsed my Mike Holmes but who is he really and why should you even consider his endorsement?
Mike Holmes is a residential home improvement contractor from Canada and is a tv host. His first tv show is called Holmes on Homes (2001-2008) and in this show, Mike provides assistance to homeowners with home renovation problems done by lousy contractors.
In August 2012, Mike Holmes and Eaton joined forces to introduce the CHSPT2 series which has the marketing tagline of Holmes Approved Surge Protector. His website can be found at MakeItRight.ca.
UL 1499 3rd Edition
This Eaton surge protector is fully compliant with the Underwriters Laboratories 1499 3rd edition. Basically this refers to the safety and performance standards of the UL. The changes within the 3rd edition is basically for the benefit of SPD consumers.
Just like in my previous reviews, I would like to recommend that you call a licensed electrician or someone who has experience with working in a breaker panel if you do not know what you’re doing.
I’ll be updating this article to look for some installation videos so you could use it as a reference.
Installation time is going to take around 30 minutes for someone who has an idea of working around breakers.
You will need a 50 amp 2-pole breaker for this surge protector and you have to mount this in 2 available breaker slots. You do not need to have an Eaton breaker panel in order to install this SPD but again it’s really important that you get the right breakers (50 amp 2-pole).
The Eaton CHSPT2ULTRA has one difference among the other whole house surge protectors in the market today. With this Eaton SPD, the instructions recommend that you do not need any kind of conduit in order to install it in your breaker.
Why does having a conduit affect your installation?
The main concern when it comes to installing whole house surge protectors in your home is the installation process. Regardless of the manufacturer’s model, it’s best to keep your lead wires as short as possible. The theory on shorter leads is that you want the surge to travel on the path of least resistance.
It’s suggested to keep the length of your leads to less than 12 inches. You might quickly think this is easy to follow but this actually becomes very challenging when you check your load panel. Sometimes there are certain areas in your breaker where it’s impossible to install the surge protector without the leads going over 12 inches.
The installation instructions for the Eaton CHSPT2ULTRAf recommend that you mount this device as close to the top as possible inside the breaker where the power feed comes in and to keep the wires as short as possible. But installing it at the top most is not going to be worth it if you already have an existing breaker because of all the trouble to move everything.
After the installation, turn the power back on and if everything is successful, you are going to see the 2 green LED’s light up. Now your home and its electronics are basically protected from any surges that might cause some damage.
Although some of you may find that the indicator lights are too dim and you might have a hard time seeing the lights when you install it outside.
If the lights are off then it simply means that you have to replace the surge protector.
Who Will Benefit from Eaton CHSPT2ULTRA?
Of course I can easily say that this surge protector is for everyone with surge problems but I’m going to be more specific.
If you experience repeated surge events in your home then I would recommend the Eaton CHSPT2ULTRA. But if you’re just looking for a general whole house surge protector and don’t have any history of surges then I would suggest you try out the SPD in Eaton’s Micro series which is cheaper.
Does It Really Protect?
A whole house surge protector like the Eaton CHSPT2ULTRA is one of those devices where you’re not really sure if it’s going to work until you experience the surge.
Here’s a story that one consumer shared over at one website about his experience with this surge protector.
Basically the Eaton CHSPT2ULTRA protected his house from a close indirect lightning strike. The only noticeable effect that the surge caused was the triggering of some GFCI receptacles that needed to be reset. Unfortunately his neighbor lost a lot of their appliances because most probably they did not have any surge protectors installed.
One down side that you might have with the Eaton CHSPT2ULTRA is that the breakers are not included with the device.
Eaton will cover your equipment such as microwave ovens, televisions, desktop computers, audio/video components, etc. The reimbursement coverage for the Eaton CHSPT2ULTRA is $75,000.
It’s still important that you carefully read its warranty and protection policies so you’ll know what’s the extent of your claim.
Although some times these companies are going to be smart and say that your claim is not valid because of some little technicality on their fine print.
It’s always a good sign when you see a representative from the manufacturer answering and helping consumers over at the shopping sites. So far I don’t see any of that with this SPD but of course it doesn’t mean that their support is non-existing. It could also mean that their device is really effective that almost nobody is having any issues with it.
Hopefully this article will help you in making a good decision with this surge protector. Do you have any experience with this device? Please let me know by leaving a comment below. Thank you.