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Tripp Lite LC1800 Line Conditioner 1800W AVR Surge 120V 15A 60Hz 6 Outlet 6-Feet Cord
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- Protects sensitive electronics, computer accessories and home theater equipment from power-related damage and performance problems
- Advanced automatic voltage regulation corrects brownouts and over voltages
- Powerful 1440-joule surge protection rating
- 1800W power capacity; 6 AC outlets; 6-feet cord
- $25,000 Ultimate Lifetime Insurance; 2-year warranty
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Tripp Lite's LC1800 Line Conditioner keep your equipment working through brownouts without using emergency power such as UPS systems and auxiliary generators. It automatically adjusts under- and overvoltages to provide safe, computer-grade AC power meeting ANSI C84.1 specifications. Additionally, because printers have a high current draw and a tendency to cause localized brownouts, Hewlett-Packard® recommends the use of a line conditioner with their laser printers. Surges, spikes and EMI/RFI line noise wear down sensitive circuitry and can cause premature aging or total failure of your equipment. The LC1800 exceeds the IEEE-587 standard for surge suppression (both categories A and B). It features the widest voltage correction range of any comparable units. Using multiple levels of voltage correction, the LC1800 automatically adjust under- and overvoltages to keep you working through brownouts and prolonged overvoltage conditions. The LC1800 also protects your valuable equipment with built-in premium surge suppression.
Versatile Protection for Sensitive Electronics
The LC1800 provides comprehensive protection and performance enhancement for computers, A/V components and all electronics. It features built-in automatic voltage regulation to protect sensitive equipment from the harmful effects of brownouts and overvoltages, plus a 1440-joule surge suppression rating to protect against catastrophic surge damage. The LC1800 also filters out disruptive line noise that can cause performance problems and corrupt or erase data. With its 1800-watt output rating and six outlets, the LC1800 provides ample capacity for multiple items of connected equipment.
Advanced Automatic Voltage Regulation
To protect connected equipment from the harmful effects of voltage fluctuations, the LC1800 features built-in automatic voltage regulation (AVR) with three levels of voltage stabilization to provide a targeted response to overvoltages, undervoltages and severe brownouts. The LC1800 can correct brownouts as low as 87V and overvoltages up to 140V back to safe, nominal 120V power. AVR protection prevents equipment damage, data loss and power-related performance problems.
EMI/RFI Line Noise Filtering
Various electromagnetic and radio sources can cause disruptive interference on the AC line. This EMI/RFI line noise is a common cause of incremental hardware damage, data corruption and audio/video performance problems. The LC1800 incorporates technology that filters out disruptive line noise, preventing it from affecting your equipment or corrupting data.
Powerful AC Line Surge Suppression
The LC1800 provides 1440 joules of surge suppression to prevent even the strongest surges from damaging your valuable electronics. Includes full normal mode (H-N) and common mode (N-G/H-G) line surge suppression.
Built-In Diagnostic Capability
Seven diagnostic LEDs provide complete power status information: AC power (green = NORM), incoming voltage level (2 x yellow = HIGH/LOW, 2 x red = VERY HIGH/VERY LOW) and AC line status (green = LINE OK, red = LINE FAULT). An On/Off switch located on the rear of the unit provides one-touch power control over all components.
The LC1800's compact cabinet (less than eight inches in height) and 6-ft. cord make it easy to integrate into a wide range of applications: a desktop computer setup, a home theater setup, a lab bench and more. Six AC outlets provide ample capacity for connected equipment.
Ultimate Peace of Mind
The LC1800 comes with $25,000 Ultimate Lifetime Insurance—guaranteed lifetime protection for your equipment in case of surge damage, including direct lightning strikes. And it's simple: Ultimate Lifetime Insurance coverage begins the moment you purchase the LC1800, with no forms to fill out or send in. Additionally, this Tripp Lite Line Conditioner is backed by a 2-year warranty.
Tripp Lite manufactures a full line of power and connectivity solutions—UPS systems, power distribution units, surge suppressors, cables and connectivity solutions, rack enclosures and more—for every application, from the desktop to the datacenter.
Tripp Lite LC1800 Line Conditioner
|Voltage compatibility:||120 VAC|
|Frequency compatibility:||60 Hz|
|Output amp capacity:||15|
|Overload protection:||20-amp circuit breaker|
|AC suppression rating (joules):||1440|
|Outlet quantity/type:||6 x 5-15R|
|Input cord:||6 ft.|
|Switches/LEDs/alarms:||On/Off power switch |
7 diagnostic LEDs
|Dimensions (HWD):||6.75 x 5.75 x 6.75 in.|
|Material of construction:||Plastic|
|Agency approvals:||UL 1012 (USA/Canada) |
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The only way we have found to monitor the proper operation of the relays is to periodically plug our LC-1800s into a 140 VAC autotransformer, attach a VOM to one of the output duplexes, and slowly turn the autotransformer voltage down from 140 to 87, watching the VOM to see that the relays engage the various secondaries on the LC-1800's transformer and thus keep the output voltage in the 110-120 VAC range.
Before we began this monitoring, the main power switch on two different LC-1800s failed due to overheating. On each unit, one of the internal relays had failed, allowing low input voltage to flow through to the load and create an over-amperage draw that exceeded the rating on the power switches.
A Line Conditioner corrects for high and low voltage, and cleans the voltage.
I own a few LC1800s to solve pesky problems.
A friend's computer, which was connected to a UPS, would turn off after 6 to 48 hours. The computer did not have this problem when it was at a different location. I took the computer and ran stress tests for four days with no problems. He took it home and it turned off within two days. I loaned him home an LC1800 and he has not had a problem in two weeks.
A computer at The Ohio State University failed every six months. We added an LC1800 and the computer ran continuously for more than three years with no problems.
I have a dedicated line from my breaker box to my computer and I still use an LC1800, which feeds my UPS. I rarely turn off or reboot my computer (unlike Windows, you can update a Linux computer without a reboot). I use one just to be safe. I still use my first LC1800 from more than ten years ago.
Although most people, including myself, probably do not require this level of power protection, it is safer. If you experiences difficult to explain behavior, be certain to try one of these units.
The problem with any sort of power protection device is that unless you have the right equipment to measure what it actually does, and you have the time to perform such tests, you don't REALLY know how well protected you are. Many people sing the praises of this or that line conditioner, this or that UPS, etc. - but until something happens with their power, they don't really know.
Having said that, I recently bought a very high end HDTV and was interested in protecting it mostly from brownouts that we sometimes have here, usually during severe storm season (U.S. Midwest). The candidates for this included the LC-1800 and an APC UPS (model BR1500G). There were other candidates but I'll leave those out since I dropped them off the list for completely unrelated reasons, and never did test them.
Before buying anything, I contacted the tech support departments of both Tripp Lite and APC in order to find out how much voltage correction these units were capable of providing. Frankly the contact with Tripp Lite was what I had come to expect: a human being, speaking English, based in the U.S., and willing to at least try to answer every question I had. The contact with APC turned out to be an e-mail from India, and it took two tries before any meaningful information came forth from them.
So the LC-1800 and the APC UPS both arrived. I do want to say that my test results are based on the assumption that I did not get a defective unit. It's always possible that mine was defective, but I'm not interested in spending any more time messing with this.
Tripp Lite had told me that during a brownout condition, the LC-1800 should boost output voltage up to nearly 120V if input dropped to as low as around 90V. MOST IMPORTANTLY, they said that if input voltage dropped to the point where the unit couldn't boost the voltage back to useable levels, it would instantly and cleanly shut off output completely, so as to not subject the connected equipment to a severe undervoltage condition.
I connected the LC-1800 to a variac, a device which allows you to control the amount of AC voltage supplied. I used a Fluke DVM to monitor the voltage supplied by the variac, so that I could be sure of the points at which the LC-1800's behavior changed. I'll point out that in one of my calls with Tripp Lite, they suggested that I use a variac if I wanted to be certain about the unit's performance.
Starting at 120V from the variac and slowly dropping the voltage, the LC-1800 reported the line voltage as "Low" when the voltage dropped to 113V, and it boosted the output from the LC-1800 to 123V. Very nice. It reported the line voltage as "Very low" when the voltage got down to 103V, and output from the LC-1800 remained at 122V. Again, this is just what I'd expect.
The problem lies in the fact that as line voltage continued to drop (as it easily could during a brownout), the LC-1800 NEVER DID SHUT OFF THE OUTPUT. As line voltage dropped to 50V, the LC-1800 was still outputting 60V. As I continued to drop the line voltage, the output from the LC-1800 simply continued to drop, all the way down to less than 10V. That was all I needed to see on the LC-1800 and it's in the process of being returned.
I went through the same process with the APC UPS. It's not a magic bullet either; its automatic voltage regulation function (similar, at least in concept, to what the LC-1800 uses) will allow the connected equipment to see voltage as low as about 100V during a brownout, and as high as 128V during an overvoltage condition, before it switches to battery - which then provides 115V for as long as the battery can hold out. The difference is, it HAS a battery to switch to, and doesn't attempt to keep boosting (or trimming) voltage no matter how low (or high) the line voltage goes.
Don't get me wrong - a line conditioner and a UPS are two completely different animals intended for different applications. The reason I'm comparing them is that they both provide (and their advertising makes a big point of) automatic voltage regulation in order to protect connected equipment from undervoltages and overvoltages. My new TV doesn't "need" to stay on during a storm, therefore I have no need for a UPS per se - but I do want it protected from wild variations in voltage, and it seems that in order to get this, I need the additional functionality of a UPS. You might need it too, if you're considering the purchase of a line conditioner.
I'm laying out the data here so that you can make a more informed decision. I may buy another LC-1800 in the future, but it won't be to protect anything from brownouts. If you aren't concerned with brownouts, and only want to stabilize your line voltage which is already assumed to be within a reasonable range, the LC-1800 can do a fine job. But, the one I received does not perform as Tripp Lite's tech support department said it would, and it's a LONG way from performing to the level implied by their advertising in my opinion.
After receiving the LC1800, I read the Owner's Manual. Noted on p. 2 is the following Line Conditioner Connection Warning: "If you are connecting your Line Conditioner to a motor-powered AC generator, the generator must provide clean, filtered computer-grade output."
It's my considered opinion that the aforementioned connection warning is really at odds with the ostensible mission of a line conditioner. This is particularly true when reading the ad copy evident on Amazon and especially the manufacturer's own website. The connection warning noted above should be advertised/disclosed in advance, wherever possible, so that potential consumers can make fully informed purchase decisions. That is the point of this review.
Prior to writing this review, I did contact Tripp Lite to confirm the line conditioner's incompatibility with AC gas generators. Tripp Lite replied in the affirmative. They advised me that "using this unit in an application that it was not designed for/supports (means that) you run the risk of it not working or significantly altering the performance of your equipment."
Again, the requirement that a line conditioner be powered exclusively by clean power is not something that the average consumer would know through intuition alone.
I've no doubt that these line conditioners do serve to protect sensitive electronic equipment, within the relatively narrow scope of their operational abilities. My rating and review should be viewed as a critique that is focused on and limited to the current non-disclosure of a material operating limitation of Tripp Lite line conditioners. I have returned the LC1800 to Amazon for a refund.