Best AC Stabilizers in India 2020

When talking about electrical appliances, we often hear the term ‘voltage stabilizers’. What are they? Why are they even used in-spite of stabilizer free operation appliances? We’ll find this out in this article.

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We’ve brought you a list of Best AC stabilizers that you can buy in 2020. More specifically, this list contains stabilizers for AC, make sure to check out our other posts if you want it for a different product.

To start with the basics, two questions arise.

What are Voltage Stabilizers?
Why do need them?

The Standard Voltage in households of India is 230 V. But the reality is that this standard voltage is not so standard at all.

Indian households experience constant voltage dips and spikes (i.e ups and downs). This sudden jerks in the voltage can cause significant damage to the electrical appliances and their internals.

That’s when a voltage stabilizer comes into play.

As the name suggests, a voltage stabilizer provides a stable output to the appliance it is connected to.

Let’s jump onto the list.

Best Stabilizers for AC

This is the list of the 5 best stabilizers for AC (non-inverter). If you want a stabilizer for an inverter AC, click here.

V-Guard VG 400 for 1.5 Ton A.C (170V to 270V)

V-Guard is a brand that specializes in electrical appliances and accessories. As a result, they offer a wide range of stabilizers and most of them you will see on this list too.

Key Specifications

This Stabilizer offers a decent range of 170-270 V.

It is best suited for ACs’ of 1.5 ton or below.

Safety Features

Low and High Voltage Cut-off

The stabilizer will automatically cut off the supply if the voltage dips below or exceeds the operating limit which in this case is 170-270 V.

Initial Time delay system

In times of frequent power cuts and voltage fluctuation, it prevents damage to the compressor of the AC by creating a proper balance time in between and therefore extending the lifespan.

Built-in Thermal Overload Protection

In events of rising temperature in the stabilizer due to overload or some other reasons, the equipment will auto cut-off to protect itself.

PROS

  • Decent Operating Range
  • Wall-Mounting Design

CONS

  • Bulky Design
  • No Display for voltage reading

Warranty

Comes with a 3-year standard warranty from the manufacturer.

Our Opinion

This is an entry-level stabilizer by V-Guard and offers decent specifications and functionality. For a normal household, this will be more than sufficient as it offers a good 170-270 V range. However, if you experience voltage spikes beyond this limit, then you need a stabilizer with increased operating frequency.

Microtek EM5170+ AC up to 2 ton (170V-270V)

Microtek is a direct competitor to V-Guard and offers equally good products and services. You will see a few more products from Microtek on our list.

Key Specifications

It offers a decent range of 170-270 V.

Ideally suited for ACs’ of 2 ton or below.

Safety Features

Low and High Voltage Cut-off

The stabilizer will automatically cut off the supply if the voltage dips below or exceeds the operating limit which in this case is 170-270 V.

Auto-Start

It can automatically adjust the output voltage according to the input.

PROS

  • Energy-Efficient Technology
  • High 2-ton capacity
  • 7 Segment Digital Display
  • Wall-Mounting Design

CONS

  • Bulky Design

Warranty

It offers a 3-year warranty from the manufacturer starting from the date of purchase.

Our Opinion

Although it is an average stabilizer that will be sufficient for basic households and it has a high capacity for a 2 ton AC that can be a treat for people who have an AC of this size.

V-Guard VG500 for 2 Ton AC (170V to 270V)

It’s the same series model from V-Guard the one you saw earlier except the fact that this one has a high capacity for a 2 ton AC.

Key Specifications

This Stabilizer offers a decent range of 170-270 V.

It is best suited for ACs’ of 2 ton or below.

Safety Features

Low and High Voltage Cut-off

The stabilizer will automatically cut off the supply if the voltage dips below or exceeds the operating limit which in this case is 170-270 V.

Initial Time delay system

In times of frequent power cuts and voltage fluctuation, it prevents damage to the compressor of the AC by creating a proper balance time in between and therefore extending the lifespan.

Built-in Thermal Overload Protection

In events of rising temperature in the stabilizer due to overload or some other reasons, the equipment will auto cut-off to protect itself.

PROS

  • Decent Operating Range
  • High Capacity of 2 ton
  • Wall-Mounting Design

CONS

  • Bulky Design
  • No Display for voltage reading

Warranty

Comes with a 3-year standard warranty from the manufacturer.

Our Opinion

While this is the same as the previous V-Guard model on our list, however, this one has a bigger capacity of 2 ton and rest everything is the same. It will be sufficient for normal households and comes with a price tag that is even more justifiable.

Microtek EM4130+ AC up to 1.5 ton (130V - 300V)

Key Specifications

It has a wide operating frequency of 130-300 V.

It can support an AC of 1.5 ton.

Safety Features

Low and High Voltage Cut-off

The stabilizer will automatically cut off the supply if the voltage dips below or exceeds the operating limit which in this case is 130-300 V.

Auto-Start

It can automatically adjust the output voltage according to the input.

PROS

  • Energy-Efficient Technology
  • Wide Operating Range 130-300V
  • 7 Segment Digital Display
  • Wall-Mounting Design

CONS

  • Bulky Design
  • Price Justification can be debatable

Warranty

Comes with a 3-year warranty from the manufacturer.

Our Opinion

Overall it is a good product and will easily satisfy normal households. However, since it has a wide range of frequency (130-300 V), it costs more than the same stabilizer with less wide frequency. We only suggest it if the voltage in your area actually fluctuates a lot or you will simply be spending more on the specifications you don’t require.

Philips Safetec - 1.5 Ton (170V-270V)

Key Specifications

This stabilizer offers a decent 170-270 V operating frequency.

It can power an AC of 1.5 ton or below.

Safety Features

It only packs the essential features like-

Low and High Voltage Cut-off

The stabilizer will automatically cut off the supply if the voltage dips or exceeds the operating limit which in this case is 170-270 V.

PROS

  • Decent operating range
  • Wall Mounting Design

CONS

  • Lacks some features
  • No display for reading voltage

Warranty

It comes with a 3-year domestic warranty by the manufacturer

Our Opinion

While it lacks some useful features but it doesn’t miss out on the important ones and the sole function of the stabilizer. Although it has specifications that are average but still it is on our list due to the fact that many people believe in Philip’s brand name.

If you have an Invertor AC, you might have seen or heard that they usually don’t require a stabilizer or something like that.

On a clear note, this statement is completely false.

Manufacturers say this because an Inverter AC has a more wide frequency range of operating but that doesn’t mean they are prone to voltage dips and spikes. Installing a stabilizer is always effective in the long run.

Best Stabilizers for Inverter AC

This is a list of best stabilizers for inverter AC.

MONITOR 4-KVA- 1.5 Ton AC (170-270V)

Key Specifications

The Stabilizer has a decent operating range of 170-270V.

It can power an AC of 1.5 ton or below easily.

Safety Features

Low and High Voltage Cut-off

The stabilizer will automatically cut off the supply if the voltage dips below or exceeds the operating limit which in this case is 170-270 V.

100% Copper Windings

It basically increases the power saving and efficiency as it is a better conductor and a better power factor.

PROS

  • Decent operating frequency
  • Wall mounting design
  • Long 5-year warranty

CONS

  • No display for reading voltage

Warranty

It comes with a long 5-year replacement warranty by the manufacturer.

Our Opinion

This stabilizer comes at an entry-level. It may not be a big brand that’s the reason it is comparatively cheaper. If you don’t care about the brand image and this stabilizer satisfies your needs, go for it.

V-Guard VIG 400 Upto 1.5 ton (170-280V)

Key Specifications

It offers an operating range of 170-280 V.

Best Suited for ACs’ of 1.5 ton or below.

Safety Features

Low and High Voltage Cut-off

The stabilizer will automatically cut off the supply if the voltage dips below or exceeds the operating limit which in this case is 170-280 V.

Initial Time delay system

In times of frequent power cuts and voltage fluctuation, it prevents damage to the compressor of the AC by creating a proper balance time in between and therefore extending the lifespan.

Built-in Thermal Overload Protection

In events of rising temperature in the stabilizer due to overload or some other reasons, the equipment will auto cut-off to protect itself.

PROS

  • Decent operating range
  • Wall Mounting Design
  • LED display with colored ring for checking voltage

CONS

  • The light ring can be irritating at night

Warranty

There’s no information about the warranty from the manufacturer but considering the other models, it will be likey of 3 years.

Our Opinion

It has a very justifiable price tag and also you get a brand name. Comes with exciting features and can be a good purchase for you.

V-Guard iD4 Prima Upto 1.5 Ton (160-280V)

Key Specifications

It offers a decent operating range of 160-280V.

Can power an AC of 1.5 ton or below.

Safety Features

Low and High Voltage Cut-off

The stabilizer will automatically cut off the supply if the voltage dips below or exceeds the operating limit which in this case is 160-280 V.

Initial Time delay system

In times of frequent power cuts and voltage fluctuation, it prevents damage to the compressor of the AC by creating a proper balance time in between and therefore extending the lifespan.

Built-in Thermal Overload Protection

In events of rising temperature in the stabilizer due to overload or some other reasons, the equipment will auto cut-off to protect itself.

PROS

  • Decent operating range
  • Wall Mounting Design
  • Display for reading voltage

CONS

  • Low on built quality
  • Bulky Design

Warranty

Comes with a 3-year warranty from the manufacturer.

Our Opinion

It is quite similar to the rest of the models. Go for it if you want aesthetics.

Everest (EWD 400 D)- 1.5 Ton (140-270V)

Key Specifications

It offers a wide range of operation 140-270V.

An AC of 1.5 ton or below can be connected.

Safety Features

Low and High Voltage Cut-off

The stabilizer will automatically cut off the supply if the voltage dips below or exceeds the operating limit which in this case is 140-270V.

Double Booster

A double booster when there is a need to step up the voltage. Apparently, this can do that.

PROS

  • Wide operating range
  • Double Boost technology
  • Display for reading voltage
  • Wall mounting design

CONS

  • Bulky design

Warranty

It comes with a 2-year replacement warranty and a 3-year service warranty from the manufacturer.

Our Opinion

It is not a renowned brand therefore it is cheaper considering the specifications it offers. However, you should only buy if you actually require them.

V-Guard ID4 Ace 554 1.5 Ton (140V - 280V)

The last one on our list.

Key Specifications

Offers a wide range of 140-280V.

Best suited for ACs of 1.5 ton or below.

Safety Features

Low and High Voltage Cut-off

The stabilizer will automatically cut off the supply if the voltage dips below or exceeds the operating limit which in this case is 140-280 V.

Initial Time delay system

In times of frequent power cuts and voltage fluctuation, it prevents damage to the compressor of the AC by creating a proper balance time in between and therefore extending the lifespan.

Built-in Thermal Overload Protection

In events of rising temperature in the stabilizer due to overload or some other reasons, the equipment will auto cut-off to protect itself.

PROS

  • Wide operating range
  • Display and colored ring for reading voltage
  • Wall mounting design

CONS

  • Expensive

Warranty

Comes with a 3-year warranty from the manufacturer.

Our Opinion

It is more on the aesthetics side and equally delivers good specifications and features. Buy only if you require these specifications as this one has an expensive price tag.

Stabilizer Buying Guide

This guide will help you choose the right stabilizer for your requirements.

First, a little overview of what exactly a voltage stabilizer does. 

By this you might have an idea of what it does.

It basically stabilizes the fluctuating voltage which if directly supplied to the appliance will surely damage the internals and kill it. 

The stabilized voltage will then be supplied to the appliance.

Factors to look for

Although all the stabilizers have the same function yet somehow they are different from each other.

There are 3 broad factors that help in differentiating them-

1. Type of Use

Every appliance has a different operating voltage therefore different stabilizers are required. Similarly, an Air Conditioner is a large appliance with a large electricity consumption therefore, you would require a stabilizer that can handle the same.

It’s best if a stabilizer is used for the product it is designed for. If it is a stabilizer for a TV use it for TV if it is for an AC then you should use it only for an AC.

2. Stabilizer working range

This is the operating range of the stabilizer in which the stabilizer generally can operate. If the supplied voltage goes outside of this range, the power gets cut automatically to prevent any damage to the appliance.

Say you have a stabilizer that works between 170-280V. If the input voltage drops below 170, it will get cut-off automatically until the voltage is stable again.

If you live in an area where voltage fluctuations are more common, you should invest in a stabilizer that has a wider working range.

3. Power Capacity

Different appliances have different power consumption. A television would consume less whereas an Air Conditioner would significantly more.

Talking about this particular article, the most common stabilizers we see are for 1.5 ton ACs’. You can use them for a 1.5 ton or below than that easily.

For a bigger capacity, you might want to consider a bigger capacity of 2.0 ton.

As the capacity increases, the price also increases.

Other Features

These are a must for the protection of your appliance. Ideally, every stabilizer should have an auto cutoff feature if the voltage goes beyond the operating range.

Additionally, we see various other features like time-delay systems and surge protection.

While features like wall-mounting design and display for reading voltage may not be required by all but they are a treat if you get them at the same price.

Conclusion

In India, voltage fluctuations are quite common. The chances even increase if you live near an industrial area.

Generally, 230V is the standard voltage distributed to every household and every appliance is designed to work between this.

In events of sudden surges and spikes, a voltage stabilizer is a device you should have. It can protect your valuable appliances from these at just a fraction of a price.

If you still don’t have a voltage stabilizer connected at your home, we suggest you immediately have one.

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