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Surge Protector ; 6 Best 30A & 50A for 2020

Surge Protector ; 6 Best 30A & 50A For 2020

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Surge Protector ; 6 Best 30A & 50A for 2020

To protect your recreational vehicle and its equipment a necessary upgrade to your unit is a surge protector. This vital part is a must-have to protect modern electrical appliances and most especially the expensive electronics in your RV. In this review, we will look at the benefits of installing a portable surge protector.

We will also review the best surge protectors on the market in 2020. Our report will focus on 30A and 50A portable units. We will add hardwired devices to this article at a later date.

In case you are installing a hardwired surge protector and you are not a licensed electrician, you should not attempt this kind of installation. In order for the install to be done correctly, it should be left to a professional to perform. The added peace of mind that everything will function as designed when you employ a professional electrician, is well worth the additional cost of having it installed professionally.

Benefits of an RV Surge Protector

A surge protector can identify a faulty power supply

You will get an alert in the event you attempt to plug your RV into a defective or unregulated power supply. Also, you get alerts if there is an issue with the connection between your RV and power source, as well as other potential electrical issues

Regulate the electrical flow

Surge protectors produced in the United States will only allow 140 volts to flow to your RV. Without a surge protector, any MORE than 140 volts would destroy your electrical appliances in seconds. If the problem is that the source is providing LESS than 140 volts you will also have a problem. In this situation your appliances and electronic equipment will attempt, but fall short of performing efficiently.

Safety

The most critical feature of a surge protector is to safeguard you and your family from electrical shocks and fire hazards. Surge protectors are equipped with LED signals or alarms, as well as an emergency cut-off switches. During electrical storms, these features will certainly protect your family and RV.

How to tell if I have 30A or 50A service in my RV.

30A and 50A Plug Types

30A Male Plug

 

30a and 50A Male Plugs
50A Male Plug

If I have a 50A RV, can I plug into 30A shore power?

The short answer is yes you can. But the questions are:

  • what are the risks to my RV
  • and/or what are the risks to the campsite power source?

If you have an RV with 50A service and you are hooking up to 30A campsite power, you will need the 30A male to 50A female dogbone, such as the Power Grip Adapter, 30A Male to 50A Female available from Amazon.

  • Be mindful of running your air conditioner and other power-draining appliances such as microwaves and even hair dryers at the same time.
  • If you have a newer RV, it may be equipped with an Energy Management System (EMS). This controls the appliances to prevent tripping the circuit breaker on the power source.
  • If you don’t have built-in EMS protection, there are two portable units listed in this article that offer this feature. One is for 30A (EMS-PT30X) and one is for 50A (EMS-PT50X ).

A surge protector will protect your investment

Whether your RV is worth a couple of thousand dollars or a hundred thousand dollars plus, you want to be protected. Whenever you pull into your campsite, there is a natural apprehension when plugging into the camp’s shore power for the first time, right? You and your investment are protected from any faulty power issues with a surge protector. Thus, the level of doubt is reduced greatly, and you will be a poster child for the “happy camper”!

Best Portable Surge Protectors

There is no way to guarantee that you will not have problems with appliances or electronics in your RV when connecting to an external power source, even with surge protection. But, the brands/models listed here will give you broad protection. That in turn will give you peace of mind when plugging into a campground’s shore power.

I have assigned High, Mid, and Low range indicators based on the joules energy ratings.

30 AMP High End

Progressive Industries EMS-PT30X Surge Protector

The  EMS-PT30X helps to protect your RV against voltage fluctuations, power surges, and incorrectly wired shore power which can cause severe and costly damage to RV appliances and electronics. The improved design features include a state-of-the-art microprocessor, all-weather shield assembly, rugged pull handle, secure locking bracket, built-in scrolling digital display, and a tough Lean® housing.

The sleek, compact and portable design makes this unit easy to use and store. An all-weather shield provides additional protection while plugged in. Designed for recreational vehicle use only.

Product Features:

  • Highest joule rating (1,790J) of all the 30A surge protectors in this article
  • Energy Management System (EMS)
  • Will automatically shut off power to the RV when AC power falls below 104 volts, or is higher than 132 volts
  • Time Delay for Reset: 136 seconds
  • Will not allow power to the RV when there is reverse polarity, open neutral, open ground, or when 240 volts is detected
  • Will shut down power if AC power frequency deviates +/- 9 hertz from 60 cycles per second
  • Designed for outdoor use with a security locking bracket to prevent theft
  • Lifetime Warranty (excludes All Weather Shield Assembly).

Product Specs:
Surge Protection:
3-Mode / 1,790J / 44,000A max current spike
Response time: < 1 nanosecond (10⁻⁹ second)
Ratings: 30A / 120V / 3,600W
Operating Temperatures: -40C to +105C
Product Dimensions with All Weather Shield Assembly Cover: 6″ W x 18″ H x 6 1/8″ D

30 AMP Mid-Range

Progressive Industries SSP-30XL

The SSP-30XL is an all-weather portable surge protector with the added benefit of a built-in polarity tester, as well as a surge indicator that notes the condition of the device. Additionally, the polarity tester checks the status of the power source prior to use.

It’s plug-and-play, sleek, compact, and portable design makes this unit easy to use and store. The all-weather shield provides additional protection while the unit is plugged in. Designed for recreational vehicle use only.

Product Features:

  • Open Ground, Open Neutral & Reverse Polarity Detection
  • Miss-wired Pedestal Indication
  • Surge Failure Indicator
  • Thermally Protected
  • Weather Resistant
  • Brighter 3-Color LED Indicators
  • Locking Bracket
  • Rugged Pull Handle
  • Tough Lexan® Housing
  • All-Weather Shield Assembly
  • Designed for Outdoor Use
  • UL Certified and Canadian Approved
  • Lifetime Warranty (excludes All Weather Shield Assembly)

Product Specs:
Surge Protection:
3-Mode / 825J / 22,500A max current spike
Response time: < 1 nanosecond (10⁻⁹ second)
Ratings: 30A / 120V / 3,600W

30 AMP Low-Range

Progressive Industries SSP-30X

SSP-30X Portable RV Smart Surge Protector

The SSP-30X is a portable RV surge protector is equipped with a built-in polarity tester and the built-in surge indicator notes the condition of the surge protector. Additionally, the polarity tester checks the status of the power source prior to use.

With it’s sleek, compact, and portable design this unit is easy to use and store.  The plug-and-play application means there is no installation required. Designed for recreational vehicle use only.

Product Features:

  • Open Ground, Open Neutral & Reverse Polarity Detection
  • Miss-wired Pedestal Indication
  • Surge Failure Indicator
  • Thermally Protected
  • Weather Resistant
  • Rugged Pull Handle
  • Brighter 3-Color LED Indicator
  • Designed for Outdoor Use
  • Lifetime Warranty

Product Specs:
Surge Protection:
3-Mode / 825J / 22,500A max current spike
Response time: < 1 nanosecond (10⁻⁹ second)
Ratings: 30A / 120V / 3,600W
Operating Tem========s: -40C to +105C
Product Dimensions: 5″ W x 13½” H x 3″ D

50 AMP High End

Progressive Industries EMS-PT50X

Progressive Pt50X Surge Protectore

The improved design of the EMS-PT50X includes features such as a state-of-the-art microprocessor, all-weather shield assembly, rugged pull handle, secure locking bracket, built-in scrolling digital display, and a tough Lean® housing. It also contains an Energy Management System (EMS) that will provide greater protection for your 50A service motorhome or travel trailer.

A sleek, compact, portable design makes this unit easy to use and store.  The all-weather shield provides additional protection while the unit is plugged in. It has a plug-and-play application, with no special installation requirements. Designed for recreational vehicle use only.

Product Features:

  • Highest joule rating (3,580J) of all the 50A portable surge protectors in this article
  • Energy Management System (EMS)
  • Will automatically shut off power to the RV when AC power falls below 104 volts, or is higher than 132 volts
  • Time Delay for Reset: 136 seconds
  • Will not allow power to the RV when there is reverse polarity, open neutral, open ground, or when 240 volts is detected
  • Will shut down power if AC power frequency deviates +/- 9 hertz from 60 cycles per second
  • Designed for outdoor use with a security locking bracket to prevent theft
  • Lifetime Warranty (excludes All Weather Shield Assembly)

Product Specs:

Surge Protection:
5-Mode / 3,580J / 88,000A max current spike
Response time: < 1 nanosecond (10⁻⁹ second)
Ratings: 50A / 120V/240V / 12,000W
Operating Temperatures: -40C to +105C
Product Dimensions with All Weather Shield Assembly Cover: 6″ W x 18″ H x 6 1/8″ D

50 AMP Mid-Range

Progressive Industries SSP-50XL

 

Progressive Industries Smart Surge Protectors, such as the  SSP-50XL, are portable RV surge protectors with the added benefit of a built-in polarity tester. The built-in surge indicator notes the condition of the surge protector. Additionally, the polarity tester (dual-line for 50 Amp) checks the status of the power source prior to use.

It’s sleek, compact, portable plug and play design makes this unit easy to use and store. The all-weather shield provides additional protection while the unit is plugged in.

Designed for recreational vehicle use only.

Product Features:

  • Open Ground, Open Neutral & Reverse Polarity Detection
  • Miss-wired Pedestal Indication
  • Surge Failure Indicator
  • Thermally Protected
  • Weather Resistant
  • Brighter 3-Color LED Indicators
  • Locking Bracket
  • Rugged Pull Handle
  • Tough Lexan® Housing
  • All-Weather Shield Assembly
  • Designed for Outdoor Use
  • UL Certified and Canadian Approved
  • Lifetime Warranty (excludes All Weather Shield Assembly)

Product Specs:

Surge Protection:
5-Mode / 1650J / 45,000A max current spike
Response time: < 1 nanosecond (10⁻⁹ second)
Ratings: 50A / 120V/240V / 12,000W
Operating Temperatures: -40C to +105C                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Product Dimensions with All Weather Shield Assembly Cover: 5″ W x 13½” H x 5″ D

50 AMP Low-Range

Progressive Industries SSP-50X

SSP-50X Portable RV Smart Surge Protector

Progressive Industries Smart Surge Protectors, like the SSP-50X, are portable RV surge protectors with the added benefit of a built-in polarity tester. The built-in surge indicator notes the condition of the surge protector.

Additionally, the polarity tester (dual-line for 50 Amp) checks the status of the power source prior to use. It’s plug-and-play, sleek, compact, portable design makes this unit easy to use and store.  Also, this unit has the same joule rating (1650J), albeit without the All-Weather Shield Assembly, as the SSP-50XL, but at a lower price point. Designed for recreational vehicle use only.

Product Features:

  • Open Ground, Open Neutral & Reverse Polarity Detection
  • Miss-wired Pedestal Indication
  • Surge Failure Indicator
  • Thermally Protected
  • Weather Resistant
  • Rugged Pull Handle
  • Brighter 3-Color LED Indicator
  • Designed for Outdoor Use
  • Lifetime Warranty

Product Specs:
Surge Protection:
5-Mode / 1650J / 45,000A max current spike
Response time: < 1 nanosecond (10⁻⁹ second)
Ratings: 50A / 120V/240V / 12,000W
Operating Temperatures: -40C to +105C
Product Dimensions: 5″ W x 13½” H x 3″ D

Wrap Up

I hope I have met my goal of giving you some valuable knowledge on protecting your RV from power surges and miss-wired shore power outlets. Additionally, in this article you should be able to find a surge protector that meets your needs. There is one more part that you should buy for your portable units and that is a lock to prevent them from “walking away”.  This Camco Locking Cable is a perfect choice for the surge protectors with a Security Locking Bracket. I found that Amazon had the lowest cost on-line, at the time of this writing.

Camco Locking Cable

 

Chip and Evi

My wife Evi and I are two of 25 million Americans that traveled in an RV during the Spring and Summer of 2019, according to the RV Industry Association. Whenever we come back from an RV excursion, whether it be to a local state park for a weekend, or a longer stay at one of the thousands of privately owned RV parks, we always long to get “On the Road Again” (thank you Willie). We look forward to making this your go-to resource for everything RV, as we continue to update our website with articles we feel will be of interest and enlightenment to most of the RV community.

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