We can not stress often enough as too how important this LS-E120HWCP20CB is on a repeat lightning damaged fire alarms.   If you look at the diagram, without this device, low voltage surge suppression are useless with parallel protectors “by any name brand”.  This insures that you have enough impedance on the phase and neutral line to create an alternative path way for your low voltage surge suppression devices to work properly. More interesting is the fact that it also prevents reverse polarity and no other product can do this. The way it is designed helps you maintain UL 864 requirements. A rUL listed or din rail can never offer that.  The clamping voltage of this in-series device is incredibly tight.  198 volts at peak voltage on average. On a wet day normal peak operating voltage is 170 volts.  On a extremely dry day, 238 volts.  Testing of this nature is done according to IEEE-C62.41 Cat. B3/C1 at 6000 volts @ 3000 amps for performance testing. This product is a replacement for the old outdated  E/Clips 120HWCP20CB Surge Suppression that is no longer supported.

Professional Engineering Specification documentation:  PE Specs

FA 30 VB (Class B)  (24Volt to 28 Volt) zones and intelligent loops, Dry contacts, & between buildings

FA 30VB (-) High speed data lines with multiple connections between buildings on the RS485 (only)

FA 30 VA (Class A) (24 to 28 Volt) zones

FA 60 VB (Class B) (above 34.4V) zones and intelligent loops & between buildings

FA 60VA (Class A) (above 34.4 V) zones

FA 90VB (Audio)

Fire Alarm Specs              PE Specs

FA 30 BH (24V to 28 Volts @ or over 2 amps of current) Horns Strobes, & power for loop circuits.

FA 60NC (above 34.4V  @ or over 2 amps of current) Horns Storbes, & power for loop circuits


Rare cases: FA 30BH L/C

Fire Alarm Specs              PE Specs


You need two for you RJ31X, one for primary phone line and one for backup line.


Specifications               PE Specs

Spike Block-1

UL listed and is for the power ground or case ground.  The only UL listed device in the world that will eliminate ground loop problems caused by lightning  that causes ground faults or false alarms.

This is actually a notch filter and will not allow anything below 50 Hrtz (pumps, motors, HVAC noise and impulses to feed back loop into the panel. It will not allow anything above 2.2 GHz  or the lightning spectrum to enter the panel from the ground side, of either the case ground or AC power ground. Think of it as a check valve, and only allows grounding one way.  Excellent for use in the Lightning Capital of North America or anywhere else with a high epidemic of lightning problems.


Specifications        PE Specs

Power Quality Engineering for Fire Alarm Panels. Fire Control Instruments, Gamewell, Hochiki and 21 manufactures of fire alarm panels recommend Stormin Protection Products E/Clips Surge Suppression and the new Spike Block that eliminates ground strikes and false alarms.

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If you are currently using surge suppression on a fire alarm panel, an it is not working, then we have an opportunity to prove that in-line series circuit design protection with three stages is the only way to go.  We will never recommend parallel surge suppression for any security devices.  It would be impossible for this product to not work.   It will cost a lot more then what you are use to, but your chances of success or achieving 100% protection is more likely to do so with this technology.  We do not have to advertise this product, tech support by most of the Fire alarm manufactures will recommend Stormin Protection Products.

Fire Alarm Surge Suppression Recommended by all 23 Manufactures


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LS-E120HWCP20CB       (AC Power Protection)

Spike Block-1           (Ground Filter )

FA 30VB             (zones, dry contacts and Intelligent loops)

FA 30BH             (Bells, Horns, Extenders and Strobes)


Edwards Systems Technology, Simplex, Siemens, Game well, Fire Com

LS-E120HWCP20CB       (AC Power Protection)

Spike Block-1           (Ground Filter )

FA 30VB             (zones, dry contacts and Intelligent loops)

FA60VB             (zones, dry contacts and Intelligent loops)

FA60NC             (Bells, Horns, Extenders and Strobes)


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Back up Generator issues.

This problem has grown considerably in the last ten years. When the manufactures stopped using linear power supplies this problem has escalated big time. The only cure was to use a True-Online UPS.  The cost was so prohibitive.  This invention was designed primarily for this and also it deals with other heavy loads that effect the 20 amp circuit. 

Identify the problem

Places known for this problem: Nursing homes, Assisted Living Facilities, 911 centers, or any establishment that has a back up generator.  The above listed places are the most well known of all places with these issues. In this country I have sold the most: Texas, specifically Houston and coastal areas, Florida, Oil Rigs in the Gulf Coast (heavy load issues), Louisiana, North and South Carolina. Unlike the items below, this unit is not UL listed, but complies with UL. This smart surge suppression design is identical to the 120HWCP20CB, but it has a brain and electromechanical switch. It watches the power if the voltage drop and the current rises, it switches off the power as soon as the power becomes normal, (3 minutes), it allow the power to go through. The fire alarm system never sees the power quality power.  Originally built as a request by Secutron USA, but in time most of them were installed on Gamewell equipment. There were many installs on other name brands, but these two name brands have used this device very successfully. On Oil Rigs all name brands because heavy loads is primarily the issues.

Complies with    UL             requirements

PTS/World Energy/Eclips, E/Clips, Space Age and other names associated to E/Clips logo no longer exists, nor any of these similar products are supported since 2009.  We are aware of a Space Age Technology in MA that have adopted name of EClips logo and sell green surge suppression. But that technology is not who we support nor provide the engineering support. We have 30 years experience trouble shoot fire alarm panels for lightning protection, surge suppression or power quality specifically for our design.  I do not recommend Space Age E/Clips technology for fire alarm panels because in most cases it violates UL864 utilizing DinRail and parallel application inside a fire alarm panel like all the other competitors.  However if you are competing with ADI represented lack luster products, than at least they are a better alternative so I didn’t completely throw them under the bus.  We also sell the Green E/Clips products with reservation based on request. These facts are indisputable because I should know. I used to work for PTS and invented the first concept of  in-series design for fire alarms even before ADI represented surge suppression products. Mr. John O’Brian (RIP), Design Engineering for PTS,  I give a lot of credit for taking my ideas through UL and helping me make this style of technology as the only product in the industry that actually works for fire alarms. I loved the way he said it when I present him with a new idea, “I don’t think it will work” but he does it anyway. What a success it was.  Today, I take it one step further. With the help of Ken Fleetwood and friends we have invented an even better product which prevents reverse polarity...and we are the only one that figured it out.

The question that is always asked of me, why doesn’t parallel surge suppression work inside fire alarm panels? 


It started in 1980, the introduction of substrates as we know it called surface mount technology.  Very tiny, low capacitance technology that by all accounts cannot withstand static discharges.  However this technology can be molded to replace many high capacitor based technology such as transistors, diodes and resisters.  They are so tiny that a chip can be made, where as a PC board back in he day would take up a room.  Technology has evolved, but lay-mans understanding and respect for this technology is lagging behind. The machine in all industry is run by bean counters and business men with very little engineering skills so that is why the respect for any technology still remains an all time low.  1992, ADA required that Fire alarms batteries must run longer, and the current designed of fire alarms did not make that possible.  The CCTV industry already have adopted SMT technology so it proved that it could be done, so the fire alarm industry followed suite.  At that time the owner of FCI refused to change out it’s linear power supply because the testing on that , his power supply could withstand 6000V @ 500 amps, and only one other company could do that and that was Caddi Caddex. After Honeywell and GE bought them out that too soon change.  Not just them but the entire industry overnight, got rid of the linear power supplies and went to switch mode power supplies which are a diode array design. It saved a lot of power but the sacrifice was too great.  For lightning, that was extremely transparent and nothing could stop it now.  The fact is a 500 pf switch mode power supply would blowout before the 1200 pf  parallel AC surge suppressor even came on. An engineer knows that the capacitance of a diode is far less than a transformer. But remember lay people have no clue and extremely upset.


The question still remains, why do parallel protection not work on fire alarms.?  Back to SMT technology.  When they shrunk the PC boards, so did the capacitance rating of the boards, and that 3 watt back to back diode was no match for ground faults  on case ground.  So early on, that is the main reason why false alarms were so prevalent in 1993 to the present day. That in itself is an entirely new rabbit trail of a story that developed Fire Marshals handing out $50.00 tickets and other newly generated ordnances to deal with false alarm epidemic. When you install a parallel surge suppression inside a fire alarm panel, generally you pick case ground for termination.  If and when a unit works, you can have minimum of 1200 watts of power injecting directly in to a 3 watt diode monitoring the ground fault circuit.  It doesn’t take a math wizard to figure this one out. However this practice has been going on for...like for ever. The funny thing is, putting surge suppression inside a fire alarm panel (null and voids) the UL of a panel according to UL864.  Remember I said something about Linear power supplies, well it was the last hope for parallel AC surge suppression until the introduction of switch mode power supplies.  Linear power supplies actually isolated the phase and natural with a 1” gap between coils and represented a high impedance.  However a feed back loop up case ground was still a threat.  The Linear power supplies did do one thing, insure that any lightning issues through phase and natural would rarely make it past the AC power which obviously saved the panel 2/3rds of the time.


Looking at everything I have written here, a new kind of technology needs to be introduce to the market that will create an alternated path way for lightning to bi-pass the systems especially when NEC code 250.94 is completely ignored usually by the initial design lay out by means of customary designs practiced for the past 30 years or more.  You know, what they did 30 plus years ago worked for old technology, but not for new technology as we see it today.  That is why…...Parallel surge suppression do not work and never will in the future for fire alarm panels.


Our attempt to put some muscle back into your panel without sacrificing performance of your fire alarm panel will cost more. 

All UL 497 a & b surge suppression even if not tested on fire alarm panels are designed to be used on fire alarm panels so say UL and their test documents. So even if we are not mentioned in any documentation generated by 26 fire alarm manufactures here in the USA, ours at least do not violate UL864 and comply with the right to be installed in all fire alarm systems. Bare in mind, much that is recommended by manufactures, even they can never get it right because obviously they do not make lightning and surge suppression for fire alarms a science.  That is why most fire alarm tech support departments always recommend us.  We usually get the worst cases since 1992, and even from time to time consult with their own engineers on staff, regarding capacitance issues on SMT technology.  We have increased our site surveys from once a year if possible in 1992 to an average of 20 to 30 times a year.  That in itself tells you a lot, what seems to be impossible to fix, we can figure it out.  This is our un-comparable specialty. 


New and improved product

Replaces E/Clips 120HWCP20CB


By 2015 maybe 2016, Fire Marshals will be adopting NFPA-72 2010/13 as part of the new requirements that all fire alarm installers must adhere to and this is no acceptation for VOIP systems.