You sold me a “Power Conditioner” but what does it really do?

Without proper power quality training that can be a tough question to answer.  The words “Power Conditioner” or “Power Conditioning” sound great but it does not explain exactly what the product does.  It’s a great sales tool but knowing the basics of power quality goes a long way in understanding what each unit is designed to do.  Many systems integrators feel they are doing all they can because they are selling and installing the most expensive units available for in the rack.  Just because the equipment in the rack is of high cost does not mean that adding many features  into one “power conditioning” unit for one 15 or 20 amp circuit helps all the other equipment in the facility (such as the lighting system, building automation system, HVAC system, appliances, etc.).    A more complete package including a Transient Protection Design system is going to give the owner a bigger bang for their buck!  Please contact Tim@tpdsurge.com to schedule a training session.  Training available Monday thru Friday (EST).


If the systems integrator knows exactly what the installed power quality unit is designed to do they can trouble shoot the event if something else happens.  Knowing what’s happening and what the power quality unit was designed to do will help an integrator to quickly rule out potential causes.  You can solve any power related problem 99% of the time using one or a combination of the following power quality devices:   surge suppressor, power filter, noise filter, isolation transformer, voltage regulator or uninterruptible power supply (UPS).  Quickly analyzing the situation and knowing which power quality device works and where to install it gives the end user an affordable solution to their problem.

All electronic equipment requires surge suppression for protection against transient voltage surges that degrade and destroy power supplies and circuit boards.  The vast majority of all electrical damage can be eliminated by the use of high quality surge suppression with power filtering.  TPD is an affordable solution that will help prevent lock ups, glitches, reprogramming, and system wide catastrophic damage when properly installed.  A Transient Protection Design system will give the owner the quickest return on investment and the greatest life cycle savings of any power quality solution.


While high end rack mount units are great for the equipment they directly protect, not all equipment requires an isolation transformer or noise filtration for sound quality.  Where good noise filtration can be expensive and load specific, using TPD as the first line of protection for all electronic and electrical equipment in the facility is a much more cost effective solution.  Systems integrators should think about system wide protection along with proper isolation or noise filtration on specific audio and video loads.  This protection plan of action gives the customer the protection needed for everything in the home or office.