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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-01-2020, 22:43 Thread Starter
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Voltage fluctuation/power surge protection

I've been reading some info on the accompanied tour to the Baltic States and we are advised to have a voltage fluctuation/power surge protection.

I had a look on Google but I think I'd rather have a recommendation from the folk here.

Be gentle, you know how I feel about electricity!

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It was always advisable to have a 'Power-Surge' adaptor in the states as they often experienced severe fluctuations. In fact we had out charger/inverter blown with just such a surge. But the power Co and the surge guarantee paid for the repair twice.
Dunno about the Baltic states but a surge adaptor is very cheap and again I have several spares.

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Pity I'm not coming your way beforehand Ray!

I see this one:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Belkin-BSV1.../dp/B00OLTJSZY

and this, which includes USB, which seems more sensible:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Belkin-BSV1.../dp/B00P2GW7MG.

When I'm connected to EHU do I also need protection for the 12v cigar-lighter-type socket I have my MiFi connected to? If so, how?

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Generally the surge protector needs to be at the power supply of the site or post. A European one would be more practical and just as cheap. You would not want a USB out there.
In theory you are then protecting the whole van and appliances 12v an all. Like this.

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We have these behind all and any electronic items in the house, just in case. Probably 8 or 10.

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Not sure which make of distribution system you have, I think it likely is Schaudt.
If it is the best and simplest to install would be one of these http://shop.apuljackengineering.co.u...product_id=115
No need to use that particular supplier as there are many companies selling Schaudt products.

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Bit overkill there John.
Surely all Jean wants is an inline plug/socket for under a tenner.?

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Ah, you know me well Ray! The only thing would bother me is putting that plug/socket on the post in the rain?
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Ray, the item I linked to will protect the entire van from bad supply conditions, without the need to worry about connection at the point of supply.
Your solution would be fine to use in van where a consumer is plugged in to but not the distribution system itself.

Somewhat pricey but a simple to install "plug and play" solution that covers all needs.

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Only ever deliberately used surge protectors on specialist computer and other sensitive electronic equipment a few years ago.
These days I would not bother.
Never in the van with normal up to date electrics and laptops when they were introduced.
The 3 Baltic countries, which we haven't visited, have been put aside for the last 3 years due to medical problems...They are on the list for this, the fourth year, and I haven't even considered surge protectors.
99.9% of Motorhome/Caravanners have never heard of 'Surge Protection' and I have never heard or seen on the internet of any incident caused by it.

I put it in the same dustbin as 'Reverse Polarity' and 'Food Safe Hose' etc.

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