surge protector

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by Badgerw, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Badgerw

    Badgerw Member

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    I purchased a battery tender for my Heritage Softail. I live in Florida the lightning capital of the United States. Would it be wise to purchase a surge protector? If so how many Joule would be required to protect the electrical system on the bike?
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  2. gasbag

    gasbag Active Member

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    I put a surge protector in our house breaker panel. Only cost around $40, fits into an empty breaker slot and it protects every circuit in the house. Removed all worries for any appliances etc. in the home.
     
  3. Lancer

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    More info on this please, brand, where purchased? Thanks
     
  4. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    Me too. I have at least 3 - $50 surge protectors in the house. I'd love to have just one in my CB panel.
     
  5. R. Lewis

    R. Lewis Senior Member Retired Moderators

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    A company called Delta Surge protectors offers a protection device for the Breaker panel or you can buy individual breakers also. Sqaure D , Cutler-Hammer, Seimens are a few manufactors to check out.
     
  6. dangerdan

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    Not all surge protectors are the same. If you are looking for proctection against lightning, the cheaper ones have a slower cutoff time to increased voltage, therfore allowing more voltage thru the line and still cause damage to the device.
    The more expensive ones offer better protection. I would not waste my money on a surge proctector for a battery tender but If I wanted to protect that new expensive 50" PLASMA TV then I would do some research and get the best I could afford.
     
  7. Badgerw

    Badgerw Member

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    I am not worried about the surge protector. I am worried about the electrical system on the bike if it is connected to a battery tender and I take a lightning strike.
     
  8. sharpscuba

    sharpscuba Banned

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    All the protection in the world will not stop mother nature.
     
  9. Hoople

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    Your right Smitty. I guess you can't really call a 1/2 million volts @ 1/2 million amps a surge!:p
     
  10. dangerdan

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    Having worked in the telphone indusrty for the last 30 years I have seen all sorts of lightning strikes in the home. Depending on the distance from the strike that voltage may vary from a few hundred volts to a few million. At the low end of that scale a good quality surge protector does protect.