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Was getting ready to order the Progressive EMS-PT50x EMS/Surge Protector and the vendor was also selling the Hughes Power Watchdog 50 Amp Smart Bluetooth Surge Protector with Auto Shutoff. Wondering if anyone used the Watchdog surge protector. From research, it does what the Progressive unit does but its ability to notify you via smartphone of a power failure and your ability to monitor power conditions from your phone is a very big plus for me. Not for sure how that would work without internet though. We sometimes leave our little weenie dogs in the RV and I'm worried of a power failure especially during the summer. We used Hughes autoformers at work and they were great but know nothing of their surge protector line. Any opinions are appreciated. Cheers.....


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I much prefer an autoformer.


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My reading of the user guide indicates it only uses Bluetooth connection to your phone......only good for a few dozen feet.....


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Posted: 04/24/19 10:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ed_Gee wrote:

My reading of the user guide indicates it only uses Bluetooth connection to your phone......only good for a few dozen feet.....


Also comes with a 2 year warranty where the Progressive EMS-PT50x EMS comes with a lifetime warranty,I would pass on this.


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Ed_Gee wrote:

My reading of the user guide indicates it only uses Bluetooth connection to your phone......only good for a few dozen feet.....


Thanks Ed, I was afraid that might be the case.

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bstar1952 wrote:

Was getting ready to order the Progressive EMS-PT50x EMS/Surge Protector and the vendor was also selling the Hughes Power Watchdog 50 Amp Smart Bluetooth Surge Protector with Auto Shutoff. Wondering if anyone used the Watchdog surge protector. From research, it does what the Progressive unit does but its ability to notify you via smartphone of a power failure and your ability to monitor power conditions from your phone is a very big plus for me. Not for sure how that would work without internet though. We sometimes leave our little weenie dogs in the RV and I'm worried of a power failure especially during the summer. We used Hughes autoformers at work and they were great but know nothing of their surge protector line. Any opinions are appreciated. Cheers.....


The Hughes unit does not shut your power off automatically like the EMS does under a number of electrical issues (low/high volts, open neutral or ground, reversed polarity, etc.). The Hughes unit does NOT list the peak surge current which is an important number - the PI EMS is rated 44,000 amps peak surge. None of the Hughes products are UL listed.

You *could* get the Surge Guard 50 amp surge protector that has the same features except the bluetooth for 1/2 the price or less.

There are power failure & high temp. alarms that work on an iphone.

If you want the best protection, get a PI EMS and a Hughes autoformer. Low voltage is the most common issue you will run into during the summer. I'd also install an LED voltmeter inside in a visible spot so you can always keep tabs on the voltage.


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myredracer wrote:

I'd also install an LED voltmeter inside in a visible spot so you can always keep tabs on the voltage.


For the OP - one of the advantages of the hard wire Progressive EMS is it's remote monitor which cycles through a number of settings, including voltage.

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Thanks everyone, after careful consideration I'm going with the Progressive EMS. Hard wired or portable, that's another story......

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bstar1952 wrote:

Thanks everyone, after careful consideration I'm going with the Progressive EMS. Hard wired or portable, that's another story......

I eventually went with hard wired so I could monitor what’s going on without having to go around to the pedestal. The display is mounted so it can be seen easily by popping my head in the door and from everywhere in the camper except the head.


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bstar1952 wrote:

Thanks everyone, after careful consideration I'm going with the Progressive EMS. Hard wired or portable, that's another story......


Hard for it to walk away if it's hard wired.

Also, for me, it prevents me from being lazy and not plugging it in. I can just see me getting in late, in the dark and poor weather and not bothering to pull the portable one out cuz I'm in a rush. Hard wired, I don't have that option.


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