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Old 01-24-2007, 12:40 AM   #15
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by DLBatz:
I agree with BIGRED1 and Progressive HW 30 amp EMS is what I bought, but if (on a regular bassis) you know that you are going to be camping where there is low power then the autoformer MAY be the better 1st investment. Progressive & SurgeGuard shut you down when there is low/high voltage. An autoformer will boost the voltage (if it is within tolerance) and you won't have to use your generator. The question is how often will this happen. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Here in the Tampa Bay area my AutoFormer activates several times a day. I got it because I lost AC equipment during this past summers rolling brownouts qwhile I was traveling up the East Coast to Canada and back.

The AutoFormer even catches and corrects low power situations that are not sever enough to trip the SurgeGaurd.

I would however go with the Surge Protection first and get and install the AutoFormer behind it. The AutoFormers surge protection is sacrificial and requires it to be shipped back to Hughes for repair it is also more expensive so I prefer the SurgeGuard to take the first hit.
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Old 01-24-2007, 06:15 AM   #16
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by NeilV:
I would however go with the Surge Protection first and get and install the AutoFormer behind it. The AutoFormers surge protection is sacrificial and requires it to be shipped back to Hughes for repair it is also more expensive so I prefer the SurgeGuard to take the first hit. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
We went with the Progressive surge protector first for the same reason. Another reason is that, although the autoformer also provides some degree of protection against electrical surges, the surge protector (particularly the ones from Progressive Industries) provides a higher degree of protection.

The ideal setup would be to have both a surge guard AND an autoformer. But budget dictated only one and we went with a Progressive Industries surge protector.

There is an interesting discussion going on elsewhere in this forum called LIGHTNING STRIKE which is relevant to surge guards.
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