CLEAN~VOLT™ uses a unique varistor technology that gives it the ability to handle large
volumes of energy combined with industry leading connection speeds. In recent times this
reaction level was called clamping, but now the term more commonly used is VPR (voltage
protection rating). Tests for reaction time are represented by a half cycle waveform of 120v
RMS. The “peak voltage” would be 169v representing one full half waveform, not to be
confused with the Full waveform (peak to peak 338v). Best performance levels found with
other surge protection devices pre-fusing mandate was clamping of 330v on the half cycle 120v
RMS waveform. Since fusing to keep the end user safe from fires, these clamping levels are now
referred to as VPR and range from 600v – 900v on a 120v RMS half cycle wave form.
NEMA has determined that 80% of the surge dynamics in your electrical system are created
within the “peak voltage”. In addition, equipment manufactures state within their owners
manuals “Connected equipment has a 10% +/- tolerance of RMS voltage”. These are 2 main
reasons you require an SPD that has the ability and robust nature to be able to participate
within these levels without degradation.
The difference between CLEAN~VOLT™ and other surge protection devices begin with the
varistor. CLEAN~VOLT™ uses a patented varistor technology atypical of ‘MOV’s’. In the event of
a surge above 132v on a 120v (RMS), CLEAN~VOLT™ acts as a path of least resistance for the
surge dynamics that try to enter the system or are generated within the system. This affords
your system an acceptable environment for your electronics & electrical devices to operate.
CLEAN~VOLT™ attracts surge dynamics with no degradation from day to day operation, unless
the discharge threshold is exceeded within an 8 x 20 micro pulse waveform during a large
catastrophic event (determined by CSA original C62.1 lightning arrester standards). In the event
of a catastrophic surge, CLEAN~VOLTs™ patented varistor is designed to pass enormous
amounts of surge energy as a lightning arrester.
As an added benefit to our extremely fast acting technology that was built in originally to keep
tolerance levels of 10% +/- RMS during a catastrophic event, this same speed has shown to
improve power quality. With the amount of electronics we rely on for our efficiency and
automation strategies, energy surging has been and continues to be a compounding problem.
The electrical community has been led to believe that surge protection technology has no effect
on power quality. That is a correct statement. How can you impact power quality if your SPD
does not participate within the fundamental waveform.