A Power Strip Is Not Enough!

A power strip, even with surge protection, is not enough for a complete layered protection against damaging power surges from indirect lightning strikes and internal power issues from motor-driven appliances.

You need another layer of protection!

A power strip is only a type-3 surge protection device which protects your equipment at the point of use. You definitely need a whole house surge protector (type-2 surge protection) especially if you have access to your breaker panel.

Here’s a whole house surge protector comparison table below so you can easily compare which device is right for your needs. I’ve tried my best to gather the specifications below so I can give you the most accurate information for each of the whole house surge protector listed.

It’s been actually a challenge to research this data and so if you find any inconsistencies in the comparison table, please let me know by leaving a comment below. Also let me know if you think that there’s a whole house surge protector that should be included in this comparison table.

Product ImageNameMax Surge CapacityShort Circuit RatingWarrantyPrice
Square D HEPD80 Surge ProtectorSquare D by Schneider Electric HEPD80 Home Electronics Protective Device80,000 Amps (80kA)25,000 Amps (25kA)5-year limited warranty and $50,000 connected equipment warranty for residential.$$$
Intermatic IG1240RC3Intermatic IG1240RC3 Whole Home Type-2 Surge Protection Device60,000 Amps (60kA)50,000 amps (50kA)5-year product warranty and $10,000 connected equipment coverage$$$
Leviton 51120-1Leviton 51120-1 Panel Protector50,000 Amps (50kA)10,000 amps (10kA)Lifetime warranty and up to $25,000 connected equipment coverage$$$
Siemens QSA2020SPDSiemens QSA2020SPD Whole House Surge Protection40,000 Amps (40kA)10,000 amps (10kA)2-year warranty and a $20,000 limited warranty for equipment coverage$$
Eaton CHSPT2ULTRAEaton CHSPT2ULTRA Whole House Surge Protector108,000 Amps (108kA)22,000 amps (22kA)Limited lifetime product warranty$$$

2 thoughts on “A Power Strip Is Not Enough!

  1. The Eaton CHSPT2ULTRA actually has a $75,000 connected equipment warranty. My company installs the units. I have paperwork to back this as well

  2. The Siemens FS140 is a little more money but it should probably on the list as it boasts some great specifications and a relatively long warranty.

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