The Best RV Surge Protector (2018)

Progressive Industries Portable RV EMS with Surge Protection is hands down the best RV surge protector you can buy. That’s because it is not only a surge protector but a complete electrical management system. Electrical Management Systems (EMS) help to protect your RV against voltage fluctuations, power surges and incorrectly wired shore power which can cause severe and costly damage to your RV appliances and electronics. They are most commonly known as RV surge protectors but they protect against way, way more than just surges. We purchased the progressive industries 50 amp RV surge protector before we plugged in our rig for even the first time. Why spend so much on a rig then skimp on a $500 piece that will save your electronics?

The first couple of weeks that we had the surge protector we had no power issues. It made us start to think that we wasted our money and fed into the hype. Then one day, the power suddenly shut off. We thought we may have blown a fuse so checked them but nothing was tripped. We noticed that there was an error code in the Progressive Industries EMS-PT50X. Looking at the side of the surge protector told us that the error code is due to a low voltage condition. This is bad because it causes more amps and more heat across the connection if it continues to drop. Avoid this possible deadly issue and more with the purchase of a progressive industries portable surge protector. The recommended model comes in both 30 amp and 50 amp forms.

50 amp

Progressive Industries 50 Amp Portable RV Electrical Management System Surge Protector (1 MIN), EMS-PT50X , Black
  • Surge Protection: 5-Mode / 3,580J / 88,000A. Ratings: 50A / 120V/240V / 12,000W. Operating Temperatures: -40C to +105C
  • Weather Resistant/designed for Outdoor Use

30 amp

Portable RV Surge Protector Portable EMS-PT30X RV Surge Protector , Black
  • Surge Protection: 3-Mode / 1,790J / 44,000A. Ratings: 30A / 120V / 3,600W. Operating Temperatures: -40C to +105C
  • Weather Resistant/designed for Outdoor Use

 

Benefits & Features:

  • Weather Resistant designed for Outdoor Use
  • Security Anti-Theft Lock Bracket
  • Rugged Pull Handle
  • Progressive Industries Lifetime Warranty
  • Made in the USA
  • Rated for 50A / 120V / 12,000W
  • Built-in Scrolling Digital Display: Shows voltage & amperage of each leg, any current error codes and previous the error code
  • Time Delay – When you first turn it on, If the AC power is interrupted, or the EMS detects an error, there is a time delay of 136-seconds (02:16) before it will attempt to activate.
  • Protections
    • Protected us from High/Low Voltage Protection
    • Whenever a power leg falls below 104 volts or rises above 132 volts, the EMS automatically shuts down power to the RV. The EMS will monitor the power and once the power rises above 104 volts, or below the 132-volt level, it will automatically restore power to the RV.
    • Low voltage causes more amps and more heat
    • Surge Protection: 3,580 Joules / 88,000Amps with a less than a nanosecond delay
    • Reverse Polarity Protection
    • Open Neutral Protection
    • Open Ground Protection
    • AC Frequency Protection
    • Accidental 240V Protection

Cons

  • Price $$$
  • Weather cover “protects plug” but doesn’t close all the way (more the plugs fault for sticking out but still a con)
  • A little bulky
  • Potential for theft

Other options:

RV Surge Protector Anti Theft Lock

Master Lock 719D Steel Cable with Integrated Outdoor Padlock with Key, 1 Pack
  • Outdoor cable lock with key lock is best used as a bicycle lock, outdoor storage and to secure other outdoor equipment
  • Cable lock with keyed lock is made with braided steel and protective vinyl coating for strength and flexibility

We don’t have a lock because we have never felt the need. Most people like to be safe rather than sorry and it’s a cheap investment for the peace of mind. Progressive Industries lists this one as compatible with their RV surge protectors. Pick one up to protect from RV surge protector theft.

 

Hard-wired Surge Protector

This is a great option if you don’t want to deal with the additional box everytime you plug-in. It also fixes the security issue as the unit is now safe inside your rig. We didn’t go this option because it was a new rig and didn’t want to mess with the wiring. If something ever happens to our portable unit we will probably pay to have it hard-wired. These also come in 50 amp and 30 amp models.

50 amp

Progressive Industries HW50C Hardwired EMS Surge & Electrical Protection- 50 Amps
  • Surge Protection: 5-Mode / 3,580J / 88,000A. Ratings: 50A / 120V/240V / 12,000W. Operating Temperatures: -40C to +105C....
  • Open Ground, Open Neutral and Reverse Polarity detection and protection, Over/Under voltage Protection, Accidental 240V...

30 amp

Progressive Industries 30 Amp Hardwired RV Electrical Management System Surge Protector With Remote Display (1 MIN), EMS-HW30C
  • Surge Protection: 3-Mode / 1,790J / 44,000A. Ratings: 30A / 120V / 3,600W. Operating Temperatures: -40C to +105C....
  • Open Ground, Open Neutral and Reverse Polarity detection and protection, Over/Under voltage Protection, Accidental 240V...

 

Last update on 2021-09-16 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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