Another oddly named product that actually works. What is the Yalo Bulala? It is a
simple surge protector housed in a yellow coloured plug and embedded in clear silicone
to show the inside surge protection device should it need to be replaced.
No. They don't come in pairs. No. They don't come with the
extension cord/powerbar. What is the matter with you people? :)
Why do we call it Yalo Bulala? Well, Penny's father, Walt at TLP Audio, actually
gave us this idea. It was in 2006 when he wanted to install one of those whole house
surge protection devices. It would have cost him over $600.00. And once it has been
surged, he would need to call an electrician over to replace the surge protection
device - another few hundred dollars. What this whole house surge protection was
nothing more than a few MOVs install inside the main inlet of the electrical panel.
So we said why don't we use the same device and improve upon it and install it in
a user plugable unit so he can get multiple units and plug in wherever components
need to be protected? As a result, the whole house is better protected than with
one unit at the main inlet.
Oh, we still haven't told you why we call it Yalo Bulala. The first time Gilbert
showed it to him he was eating a banana and he said it looked just like a banana
and it's yellow. As you should know by now Gilbert speaks "chink ga lish" so therefore
Yalo Bulala, short form as "YB".
At first it was just for Penny's father and we ended up using it everywhere in the
shop and in our houses. We really didn't seriously think about marketing it. We think
it looks too weird. You got that? Gilbert thought it looked too weird and ugly he
doesn't even think it would sell. Then a couple of customers who bought Peed Al Sea
(PLC) Thingees wanted to have surge protection. We said we cannot install surge protection
inside the PLC Thingee because once it has been surged, it cannot be replaced. That's
when the Yalo Bulala came into the picture. You want surge protection with PLC Thingee?
Get a Yalo Bulala to go with it. Plug the Yalo Bulala in where you plug in the PLC
Thingee. As long as it is on the same circuit, it is protected.
Back to the techie stuff.....
Yalo Bulala uses MOV and TVS avalanche diodes for surge protection. TVS avalanche
diode is used to take out all those little spikes that happen almost everyday. At
the same time, it protects the MOV and saves it for the big time surge. If there
is a high voltage surge, the MOV will short itself and trip the circuit breaker therefore
disconnecting the components from the electrical source. The components are saved.
The Yalo Bulala is toast.
Once there is a surge and the MOV trips the circuit breaker, the Yalo Bulala has
to be unplugged from the outlet in order to reset the circuit breaker. To install
a new surge protector, simply plug another Yalo Bulala into the outlet.
Considering the cost of the Yalo Bulala, you can buy a couple more for spares so
your house will not be without surge protection. For best protection, use one Yalo
Bulala per circuit. For additional protection for such equipment as audio/video component,
computer and kitchen appliances, use two or more per circuit. There is never enough
protection from lighting surge. The more the better but never enough.
Why would you trust your valuable components to be protected from surge by this weird
looking Yalo Bulala? Maybe because if you're reading this you already know that weird
looking and highly functional go together at Blue Circle. We've been using these
things for 7 years. We have customers came back and want more because their house
has been hit by lighting. Their neighbour’s microwaves, TVs, computers, etc. has
all burned up but their own gear was saved by a few of these Yalo Bulalas.
The Yalu Bulala
We've used the same technology on most of our powerline conditioners for over 18
years. Most of the commercially available whole house surge protection unit use only
the MOV - in a boring looking metal box. The Yalo Bulala is functional, wacky looking
and affordable. What more could you ask for in a Blue Circle product?