Eaton CHSPT2SURGE

Eaton CHSPT2SURGE Whole House Surge Protector Review

Read time: 4 minutes Last Updated: 11/20/2019

We researched the CHSPT2SULTRA whole house surge protection device and put its efficiency to the test. Read our in-depth review and see how it scored below.

Eaton CHSPT2SURGE

Eaton CHSPT2SURGE

8.5/10
  • NEMA 4 enclosure is rated to withstand rain, dust, and ice
  • Affordably priced at around $75
  • Universal mounting system allows this model to integrate into almost any center
  • Able to prevent up to 36,000 amps of electricity from reaching your in-home AC power and cable systems
  • Not rated to protect against direct lightning strikes
  • “Limited lifetime” warranty period is inexact
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.2 x 2.9 inches
Weight:
13.4 ounces
Type:
2
Certifications:
UL
Maximum Surge Current Capacity (MCCC):
36,000 amps
Enclosure Type:
NEMA 4
Alarm or Indicator Light:
Yes
Warranty:
Yes, “limited lifetime”

Our Review

Even before you hook up the Eaton CHSPT2SURGE, you’ll get a firm sense of its durability and reliability for long-term performance. That’s because the Eaton CHSPT2SURGE makes use of a NEMA 4 rated enclosure that has been tested to resist rain, dust, ice, and more. Most models that utilize a NEMA 4 enclosure cost well over $100, but the Eaton CHSPT2SURGE bucks that kind of upselling by maintaining a price line below $75.

When it comes to installing the Eaton CHSPT2SURGE, you won’t need to sweat the details of its compatibility with your existing circuit breaker. That’s because this model makes use of an innovative universal mounting system that some other models in its class have attempted to imitate. Once it’s hooked up (and for many years after), the Eaton CHSPT2SURGE will continue to wow you, especially when it manages to suppress a hefty 36,000 amp power surge for the first time.

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.

 

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