Key Specification Ratings
Maximum Continuous Operating Voltage (MCOV) – 7.5/10
Why Did It Earn this Score? – Like so many other whole home surge protection devices on today’s market, the Eaton CHSPT2SURGE has decided to not get fancy in this specification category. As such, you should expect its L-N mode to provide a 150 volt MCOV while its L-L mode provides a 300 volt MCOV. For some reason, Eaton has forgone listing an MCOV for its N-G and L-G modes, making it difficult to determine if the CHSPT2SURGE meets the industry average in those modes as well.
Voltage Protective Rating (VPR) – 9/10
Why Did It Earn this Score? – First off, the Eaton CHSPT2SURGE must be applauded for keeping a tight VPR range. Second off, the Eaton CHSPT2SURGE also deserves recognition for keeping that tight VPR range well above the industry average for surge protection devices in this class. Accordingly, prospective users with experience managing a whole home surge protection system will relish the opportunity to experiment with this model’s 700 volt (L-N and L-G), 900 volt (N-G), and 1,200 volt (L-L) modes.
Mode of Protection – 9/10
Why Did It Earn this Score? – Here again, we couldn’t be happier to see Eaton step up in this specification category and provide an affordable unit with all four major modes of protection. Better yet, none of these modes has been handicapped in any way, ensuring that you are able to maximize this unit’s surge suppression capability regardless of how you choose to install it. It’s rare to find a surge protection device under $75 that includes L-N, L-L, N-G, and L-G modes, so that’s a nice plus as well.
What to Look for in a High-Quality Surge Protector
As you can clearly see, the Eaton CHSPT2ULTRA fits the bill for a high quality surge protector. But chances are, the Eaton CHSPT2ULTRA isn’t the only surge protection device that you’ve looked at so far. Accordingly, you’ll need to analyze each new product listing you happen upon and ensure that they feature the following critical criteria.
First off, be sure that your prospective surge protection system is designed for use in your chosen installation location. While some models communicate their intended installation location through the “type” system, you can more broadly determine if a model is designed for outdoor use if its enclosure is made of a weather-resistant material. Otherwise, it is likely designed for indoor installation only.
Beyond basic durability, you’ll want to ensure that you are getting your hands on a surge protection device that can handle your entire home’s electrical suppression needs. While no single specification can point you in the right direction here, we recommend looking at a model’s MCOV and VPR in order to attain a quick understanding of that model’s ability to manage incoming surges. Along the same lines, a model’s MSCC can tell you a lot about how able that model is to remain productive when faced with a single large surge or a bunch of smaller surges.
Finally, you’ll want to be sure that the price is right before committing to a surge protection device. While most models can be obtained affordably directly from their manufacturer, several popular online retailers have also managed to offer massive discounts on this year’s most popular offerings. While you are comparing prices, don’t forget that a productive warranty can raise the upfront cost while decreasing the long-term cost of maintaining your new surge protection system as well.
The Final Verdict
In many ways, the Eaton CHSPT2SURGE has managed to stand out from the pack due to its emphasis on packing high-end specs into an affordably priced package. Between its 36,000 amp peak protection rating and its 1,200 peak VPR, you can certainly count on this model to protect your cable and electric systems when a storm rolls in. While we wish Eaton had been more forthcoming on the details of their “lifetime” warranty, we are still fully satisfied that the Eaton CHSPT2SURGE will meet your whole home surge protection needs without falling victim to the elements.