Find the Right Surge Protector or Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) - Handi Quilter

Find the Right Surge Protector or Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)


  1. Vicki W July 17, 2022 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Do we need a whole house surge suppressor, installed by a qualified electrician in addition to a power supply? I’m looking at the Amara computerized system. Hopefully, it is in my very near future. Working with my local dealer. Thank you.

    • Mary Beth July 18, 2022 at 4:57 am - Reply

      A whole house surge suppressor is certainly very nice! But not necessary.

  2. Gary Konzak July 18, 2022 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this information, Mary Beth!
    A couple of things to add, from the engineering side:
    1. If you have thunderstorms in your area quite often, it would be a great idea to replace your surge suppressor every year or two. The Metal Oxide Varistor used as the primary protection device in most surge suppressors gets a hole punched in it with each surge event. It will eventually become like Swiss cheese and will not provide sufficient protection anymore. You can still use the product to provide multiple outlets, just don’t expect it to protect anything.
    2. The original HQ Sixteen machine has a DC brush-less motor as stated, but it is not powered through a switching power supply as newer machines are. It is effectively connected to the AC plug through diodes. Any power disturbance on the AC line could damage the motor permanently, so it’s imperative that owners of this machine connect it to mains through a surge suppressor or UPS.
    Note: The HQ Sixteen replacement/upgrade power and control pods have protection added through a current-limiting, self-healing fuse and a transient voltage suppression diode. We still recommend that customers use a surge suppressor to protect all our mains-powered products.

    • Mary Beth July 18, 2022 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the additional information Gary! Folks, Gary is a long-time engineer for Handi Quilter, so listen up!

  3. Janet Licari July 23, 2022 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the information. Can you have a UPS or Surge Protector that is too big? Does the Surge Protector have the Watts or VA information on the strips? What extension cords should be used from the wall to the surge protector? Mine is a ways from the wall outlet. Can the extension cord be too heavy duty for the job? I have a Fusion with Pro-Stitcher about 12 feet from the outlet.

    • Gary Konzak July 24, 2022 at 11:39 am - Reply

      HI Janet! Thanks for sharing your questions. Executive Summary: No, there is no such thing as too big a UPS or too much surge protection but cost must also be considered. And a three-pronged extension cord rated for 10 Amperes or better is sufficient for your needs.

      A UPS that has a larger capacity means it will keep your machine powered for a longer period during an outage. It has a larger battery to draw from, but may be heavier to move into your home. They are obviously going to be more expensive. A person running a business might opt for a larger model to assure they can finish a row on a customer’s quilt before shutting their Pro-Stitcher down. BTW, we don’t recommend ever leaving your Pro-Stitcher unattended.

      Quality surge protectors do have the rating listed on the box. Having a higher rating means it protects your equipment from stronger surge events. Most list a warranty, but review the conditions. If you live in an area with lots of lightning strikes, definitely spend the money for a higher rating. Even if your home is not hit, a strike nearby can cause a disruption that will affect your home. (Interesting fact: the power system in the overhead wires to your home only carry the power from the power plant. To complete the circuit, the energy returns to the power plant via the earth. So lightning hitting the earth adds energy to that return path – and also back to your home!)

      Finally, a heavy duty extension cord means the wire diameter is larger. This equates to less power wasted over the length of the cord. Too small of a wire in an extension cord means it can heat up under a large current load and could catch fire.

      Household wiring is generally rated for 15 Amperes, so you don’t need more than that unless you are going 100 feet and using power tools. I found a tasteful, white, 15-foot, three-prong power cord on the Lowes website rated at 13 Amperes. I use a similar one connected to all my AV equipment at home.
      Always use a power cord with the three prongs with our machines and Pro-Stitcher. Never plug your machine into a two-prong outlet.

      • Janet Licari July 24, 2022 at 4:44 pm - Reply

        Thank you for your answers. I will be sure to use a quality surge protector and an extension cord with 3 prongs. I didn’t know surge protectors punched holes and could be working but not protecting anymore. How nice if they could be made with a counter…so I could know when it’s numbers are up and time for a new one.

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