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Tripp Lite TLP606 6ft Cord 6 Outlets 790 Joules Protect It! Surge Suppressor

  • 6 Feet
  • 6 Outlets
  • 790 joules
  • 120V (110-125V)
  • 1800 Watts

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  • Danny J.
  • 1/17/2016 4:03:27 AM

1 out of 5 eggsDubious Surge Protection at Best

Pros: None that I can think of

Cons: Most surge protectors use the same design whether they cost $10 or $100+. They don’t absorb or suppress the surge; rather they divert it to one of the other two prongs on a 3-prong outlet. At the heart of this surge protector is a device called a Metal Oxide Varistor or MOV for short. It’s placed across the HOT and NEUTRAL prongs, HOT and GROUND prongs, NEUTRAL and GROUND prongs. The idea is whenever the MOV turns on (which isn’t right away), the MOV will divert the surge to both the NEUTRAL and the GROUND and hopefully the surge makes it’s way back to the main electrical panel where there should be a connection to a buried ground rod in the earth.

Surges can come from lightning either directly or induced onto overhead or buried transmission lines, from the power company switching equipment or from inside the house by any device that has a motor in it i.e., air conditioner, fan, washing machine, clothes/hair dryer, refrigerator, blender, mixer, vacuum, power tools, etc ...). Each time one of these cycles on or off you can get a surge. Ever see the lights dim? It's generally because of a surge.

The problems begin if the surge can’t make its way back to the main panel. It will attempt to find another path back even if it means through the very electronics that are plugged into this surge protector i.e. it will not discriminate. It just wants to go into the earth.

The problem for our electronics or modern appliances is that the GROUND is used as a reference and is expected to be at 0 volts. When it’s at several hundred or several thousands of volts during the surge strange things happen to our electronics. We get unexplained hard drive crashes, fried motherboards, bad USB or HDMI ports. How many times have we heard about bad HMI ports (working one day & bad the next) on our new flat screen TV’s or on our Home Theater receiver. If we’re lucky we move the cable to another HDMI port, cross our fingers and hope for the best. If we’re not, we scratch our heads wondering what happened. Surely a surge must have caused the problem but the surge protector is still working. How to collect on the warranty?

Other Thoughts: We often think of spending little or no money on surge protection and since we need extra outlets think we’re getting a good deal because we have the added benefit of surge protection, until one day we realize that this kind of surge protection was really bad. All MOV’s will eventually fail because each time they work, it takes a little less voltage to turn them on the next time. Eventually they will be on all the time and get very, very hot and either explodes and/or catches fire. That’s why a lot of companies encase the MOV in a fireproof material and/or install in-line thermal fuses that “open” when the MOV is about to fail. But sometimes they still catch fire and can burn your house down. Google surge suppressor house fires and you’ll see they still happen in 2015.

Companies that make these want you to replace them on an annual basis because even they don't know how long the MOV will last. Each time the MOV is turned on, it takes a little less voltage to turn it on the next time. Eventually it will be "ON" all the time and when this happens, failure is imminent & it will get hot very fast, then either explode and/or catch fire. That's why a lot of companies encase the MOV in a fireproof material and/or add a thermal-fuse inline with the MOV. When the MOV is about to fail, the fuse opens and takes the MOV out of the circuit. Depending on the surge protector power can still be supplied (unprotected of course) to the devices plugged into the surge protector. Some companies will turn the power off to those devices.

The only alternatives that I now of are to use expensive isolating transformers or to deploy series mode power filters in-lieu of MOV based surge protectors. A series mode power filter is a heavy duty low pass filter that filters anything faster than 60 Hz including all spikes, transients and surges which are slowed down in real time, then stored as energy and safely bled onto the Neutral wire a few volts at time ensuring that the surge makes its way all the way back to the main electrical panel. They cost $140-$160+ new but are a one time investment, or $30-$75+ used. If you factor in an annual replacement of this APC P6B (i.e., $16 each year) over a 10-year period you'll have spend $160 with questionable protection at best vs. $160 for a new series mode power filter one time with genuine surge elimination. Long term economics favors series mode. Short term favors series mode because of true surge elimination vs. diversion and possible damage to the very equipment you want to protect.

Companies that make series mode power filters include Zero Surge, Brickwall and SurgeX (which is sold here on Newegg).

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  • Mike F.
  • 11/1/2015 10:32:13 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA Tale of Two Surge Protectors

Pros: This is the finest surge protector that money can buy. I say this not out of a need to reinforce my purchasing decision, but because it is objectively better than every other surge protector that has ever existed. It has protected my electronics from numerous surges of unparalleled magnitude and belligerence.

Cons: I stubbed my toe while I was carrying the package containing this product.

Other Thoughts: I was forced to agree to abide by the Product Review Guidelines under duress.

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  • 7/21/2015 12:43:36 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsstorm protection

Pros: keeps my system safe during electrical disturbances.

Cons: the wire could be abit longer from adapter to wall but other then that no complaints.

Other Thoughts: it seems to be of good quality with a thick wire to the outlet which would indicate good quality.

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