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 Image||Name||Max Surge Capacity||Short Circuit Rating||Warranty||Price|
|Square D by Schneider Electric HEPD80 Home Electronics Protective Device||80,000 Amps (80kA)||25,000 Amps (25kA)||5-year limited warranty and $50,000 connected equipment warranty for residential.||$$$|
|Intermatic IG1240RC3 Whole Home Type-2 Surge Protection Device||60,000 Amps (60kA)||50,000 amps (50kA)||5-year product warranty and $10,000 connected equipment coverage||$$$|
|Leviton 51120-1 Panel Protector||50,000 Amps (50kA)||10,000 amps (10kA)||Lifetime warranty and up to $25,000 connected equipment coverage||$$$|
|Siemens QSA2020SPD Whole House Surge Protection||40,000 Amps (40kA)||10,000 amps (10kA)||2-year warranty and a $20,000 limited warranty for equipment coverage||$$|
|Eaton CHSPT2ULTRA Whole House Surge Protector||108,000 Amps (108kA)||22,000 amps (22kA)||Limited lifetime product warranty||$$$|