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    Hi All,

    What are the thoughts on using some sort of inline surge protection equipment to protect the FMQ2-36 or other VRA from having its circuit board fried by a power surge?

    Maybe something like this one?

    http://www.apc.com/resource/include/...=documentation

    That may save me from the costly repairs on a fmq circuit board.

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    Re: FMQ Circuit protection

    Originally posted by in_cognito View Post
    Hi All,

    What are the thoughts on using some sort of inline surge protection equipment to protect the FMQ2-36 or other VRA from having its circuit board fried by a power surge?
    ...
    Might be a good idea... I'll defer to others such as CNGAZ, but I can tell you that a nearby lightning strike happened at my previous place in Chandler... the strike took out a fair amount of electronics in the house (including network cards in a couple PCs and a TV).
    The damage to the FMQ2-36 was limited to my remote panel (I'm not sure one way or the other, but I suspect that circuit protection may have helped). I didn't choose to replace the remote panel or electronics in the panel; instead I had the pleasure of going into the backyard to the VRA itself to start fill cycles for the last couple years at that home.
    2008 GX (extended range, trunkless version)
    Polished Metal Metallic 2012 Civic Natural Gas
    Fuelmaker FMQ-2-36 (since 2001)
    Previously owned: 2000 GX (11 years), 1995 Bi-fuel Sonoma, 2000 Bifuel Tahoe, 2000 Bi-fuel F150

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    • #3
      Re: FMQ Circuit protection

      Depending on what kind of circuit breakers you have you might be able to replace the one that feeds your fuelmaker with a surge protected breaker. I have seen them from time to time. Seeing how the unit is 240 volts, a standard surge protector won't cut it. I generally turn off the power to the fuelmaker when I am not using it or when storms are cruising around.

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      • #4
        Re: FMQ Circuit protection

        I've seen ground fault breakers (GFI) but never a surge protector one.

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        • #5
          Re: FMQ Circuit protection

          If your local building code allows it, why don't you just put an appropriately sized fusebox in front of the VRA, then keep a couple of spare fuses handy? That's how I protect the electronics on the kiln in my garage. It also has a switch on the outside of the box for the fire department and for such times as I need to do any maintenance.

          Andy-Paul
          Last edited by Andy-Paul; 09-01-2008, 08:40 PM. Reason: clarity

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