Top positive review
105 people found this helpful
on 24 July 2006
Most surge suppressors come in the form of bulky, multi socket units on long trailing flexes. Instead of electrical spaghetti mayhem all I wanted was a small, unobtrusive protector for one item so I was very pleased to discover the SurgeCube. For about a fiver I now have peace of mind for my expensive new £900 fridge freezer and its contents - it's a no brainer!
Surge protectors are a wise precaution for any electrical goods you value or would be inconvenienced losing the use of. Not just the usual computers but freezers, boilers, washing machines and any audio visual equipment could be protected too.
Surges are more common than you might think - not so long a go a whole street locally lost every electrical item plugged in when a faulty transformer on a nearby electricity pole converted them into blackened smouldering rubbish. I seem to remember a fire broke out in one of the houses too. Lightning strikes within a mile can enter your house through incoming services and faulty electronic goods inside your home can also generate spikes that do damage. The use of surge protectors seems a small price to pay for avoiding such trouble.
Just a quick note on the rating of surge protectors in general. You should be aware that the figures quoted are an aggregate! So, when it says this unit can handle 25,000 amps what it really means is that it can cope with up to 12,000 amps on a line to neutral fault and 6,500 amps each on a line to earth or neutral to earth fault. So in the real world the maximum it will cope with is lower and will depend on the nature of the fault. The 861 joule rating is likewise an aggregate. Don't let this put you off - all protectors are quoted in this rather optimistic way and what we have here is ample.
In summary a small, neat and well made surge protector from a major brand at a low price. You can't do better than that.