Ultimate Guide to Surge Protectors & Lightning Arrestors

Does your business needs surge protectors? Solid Signal has the biggest online selection of these devices.

Many IT directors and facilities managers turn to us for surge protectors. They know what they need and where to find it in our inventory. If you’re one of these folks, go straight to SolidSignal.com and type the product name in the search bar. If you’re wondering if we stock a certain product, just skim this post. We’ve made it easy for you to find what you’re looking for. We also share plenty of information about these products here. It’s the ultimate guide to…

Surge Protectors and Lightning Arrestors

These are two separate but related electronics devices. Both protect your sensitive equipment from power surges and spikes. The difference is in the power. Surge protectors deal with the kind of power spikes encountered on electrical lines. Lightning arrestors are built to handle larger surges that happen when lightning strikes your antenna or building. Both types of surges can wipe out your electronics equipment. Lightning strikes can also cause fires.

Smart business owners use surge protectors in their installations. These devices use a metal oxide varsistor (MOV) to absorb excess AC voltage from the surge. In turn, the MOV only allows safe levels of power to reach your devices. In some cases, lightning arrestors do their job once then need to be replaced after a strike. (Each brand and product is different so it’s best to ask us if you’re not sure.)

You Need a Surge Protector For…

Literally any equipment that plugs into an AC outlet. This includes devices such as:

  • PCs
  • Printers
  • Monitors
  • Routers and modems
  • TVs
  • Satellite receivers
  • Home theater gear
  • Video games
  • Lighting
  • Tools
  • And appliances

Don’t let a power surge wipe out the memory and circuits in ANY of these devices!

The Brands of Surge Protectors We Carry

What ones we don’t carry would be the shorter list! Solid Signal carries a wide variety of today’s top brands. If you want to search them all, we’ve made it easy for you to check out our selection of surge protectors and lightning arrestors. Don’t want to sift through hundreds of products? Check out these devices from three of the top-selling brands we carry:

I. PolyPhaser Arrestors and Protectors

We carry surge protection devices from this company because of its reputation for quality, reliability, and innovation. Here are the most popular PolyPhaser RF surge protection devices we carry:

1. PolyPhaser Bulkhead Arrestor for RF Applications

Get this to protect your HF, UHF, and VHF radios. It’s also great for general two-way radio installations.

2. PolyPhaser Lightning Arrestor for CATV/MATV Installations

This one is great for protecting your CATV/MATV installations. Some companies also use it for transportation, telecommunications, and industrial applications.

3. PolyPhaser Bulkhead Coax RF Surge Protector for High Power DC

Get this surge protector if you have high power DC installations to 3.0GHz. The device features weatherproof coaxial lightning protection that makes it perfect for outdoor installations.

4. Polyphaser Bulkhead Coaxial Surge Protector NF-NM

This is a good general coverage bulkhead mount protector for surges up to 50,000 amps.

II. Transtector Systems Surge Protectors

Transtector has provided innovative power and signal integrity solutions for many years. We’re happy to recommend the company’s products to protect your company’s critical systems:

1. Din Rail Surge Protector DRDC 24 – 24VDC

Rail-based electrical systems in commercial breaker boxes are in danger of DC surges. Protect your installation with this.

III. Ventev TerraWave Lightning Arrestors

This company produces a wide variety of electronics products including mobile accessories and wireless infrastructure. It also makes its line of TerraWave lightning arrestors to protect these installations. Here’s just one of the popular Ventev surge protectors we carry:

1. Ventev TerraWave Lightning Arrestor 0-6 GHz

This one is popular because it’s a specialty product for certain installations. This device features an arrestor with a TNC Plug (male) to TNC bulkhead jack (female).

So, You’ve Made It This Far…

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About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.