Yes that’s right, I needed a surge protector for my garage door opener. I found the perfect one (below).
I also use this same brand for protection for my other valuable electronic equipment. In this modern world, you cannot be too careful about this!
I want to share with you what I have determined to be a very high quality choice for effective surge protection. It’s not the cheap built-in surge protector that you might find in your typical ‘power strip’ (although some of those are good – depending)… Instead, it’s a purpose-built protector, specifically designed just for that purpose.
I have been using this brand for years, and I can attest to the fact that my various electronic equipment have not blown up through the fiercest of thunderstorms!
Well, one time it did, but I didn’t have a surge protector connected!
(video when lightning zapped my internet router)
Okay, enough teasing. You want to know what brand it is?
In case you haven’t noticed the picture above (this one is now used for my Router and Modem),
It’s the ‘Tripp Lite isobar Ultra’ Surge Protector:
Tripp Lite Isobar 4 Outlet
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Here’s a picture of the mess of cables behind my ‘entertainment center’ all plugged in to various isobar surge protectors. Looks like I have two spare receptacles… Time to get more equipment?
Why This Surge Protector is a Great Choice
While you can certainly pay more for a surge protector, this one is THE most well reviewed and fits a reasonable price point. The main selling point for me was their extreme confidence to include a $50K insurance if equipment gets damaged!
Here are some technical specifications sourced directly from Tripp Lite:
– Lifetime Limited Warranty and $50,000 Ultimate Lifetime Insurance covers any connected equipment damaged by a power surge. Yes, you read that right.
– 3330-joule surge suppression rating (135,000 Amps!). Reduces 6,000-volt test surges to harmless levels under 35 volts.
– 3 built-in isolated filter banks, large torroidal chokes, ferrite rod-core inductors, HF/VHF capacitors and multiple layers of metal oxide varistors to block interference.
– Removes EMI/RFI interference up to 80 db.
– AC Suppression response time less than 1 nanosecond!
– 12 Amp resettable circuit breaker.
– Diagnostic LED’s indicate it’s present state.
– Metal housing, can also be mounted to wall.
– Right angle plug keeps it tidy.
Surge Protector For Garage Door Opener
Modern garage door openers have built-in electronics. Even a microprocessor for some ‘fancy’ features… Part of the “internet of things” (IoT) these days.
This is the Tripp Lite model that I used for the garage door opener. Here’s a picture of it installed. The two outlet protector plugs straight in to an existing outlet. Since the outlet was mounted on the ceiling I used a zip-tie to secure it (although it was holding by itself quite well).
Tripp Lite Isobar 2 Outlet Surge Protection
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Surge Protection for Valuable Electronic Equipment
I currently use several of the Tripp Lite isobar Ultra’s.
1. My Internet Modem and WiFi Router
2. TV / DirecTV satellite box / Roku / DVD player / Stereo receiver
3. Garage door opener (believe it or not, it has a microprocessor board in it)
4. Office Computers, NAS device, Printer
Consider surge protection for the following:
– Printer / Scanner
– Desktop Computer
– Appliances with electronic circuits
– Network equipment
– A/V equipment
If the electronic equipment is worth more than the surge protector, especially if it’s worth a lot more, I would consider getting a surge protector. There are lots out there, and Tripp Lite (no affiliation) is a very good brand choice.
Do you have ‘dirty’ power or occasional power surges or drop outs? Do thunder & lightning storms frequent your region? You better get some surge protection…