Tripp Lite's IBAR12-20T offers network-grade surge and noise suppression in a versatile all-metal multi-mount cabinet with L5-20P twist-lock input plug and 20-amp capacity. Detachable mounting flanges are configurable for rack mount, wall mount and under-counter installation. Uses only 1 rack space (1U) when installed in any 19 inch EIA standard rack. Features network grade AC surge suppression with EMI/RFI noise filtering. Outlets are arranged in exclusive isolated filter banks to limit noise interaction among connected items. Includes 12 outlets (2 front mounted 15-amp/10 rear mounted 20- amp), 15 ft. power cord and power switch. Diagnostic LEDs indicate AC present, line fault and protection status.PLUG/OUTLETS: Input: NEMA L5-20P (twist lock)/Output: 2 NEMA5-15R (front) & 10 NEMA5-20R (rear)ELECTRICAL: 120V AC, 50/60Hz, 20A (Requires NEMA L5-20R wall receptacle)SUPPRESSION: AC: 140V RMS Clamping/3840 joules/60,000 ampsFORMAT: Supports 19 in. rack mount (uses 1 rack space/1U), wall mount, under-counter and more.
What is the main culprit of electrical surges?
Electrical devices that require lots of power to operate. Depending on the wiring of your Studio or Production suite, you may notice at times that your lights flicker when powerful devices turn on and off, e.g. your air conditioner. When these devices are switched on, they demand a lot of electricity, which puts a lot of strain on the grid and can cause surges.
When should you use a surge protector?
All the time. The real question is really which devices you should connect to a surge protector. You don’t need a surge protector for your desk lamp or your standing fan, but you do want a surge protector for expensive devices that have intricate microprocessors, like computers, DVR's, LED/LCD monitors, power amps, Studio Lighting, Powered Nearfield Speaker monitors, etc. Think of it this way: if there was an electrical surge that destroyed all of the devices connected to your outlets, which lost devices would pain you the most? Plug those into a surge protector. It’s better to be safe than sorry.