Another oddy named product that actually works. What is the Yalo Bulala? It is a
simple surge protector housed in a yellow coloured plug with a semi-transparent dome
shaped cover 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 actually gave us this idea. 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 electrican
over to replace the surge protection device - another few hundred dollars. So we
said why don’t we use the same device and install it in a user plugable unit so he
can get mulitple units and plug in wherever components need to be protected? So 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 Bulala. The first time I showed it to
him he was eating a banana and he said it looked just like a banana. And as you should
know by now we speak chink ga lish so therefore Yalo Bulala.
At first it was just for Penny’s father and we ended up using it everywhere in the
shop and in my house. We really didn't seriously think about marketing it. We think
it looks too weird. You got that? Gilbert thought it looked too weird? :) Then a
couple of customers who bought Peed Al Sea Thingees wanted to have surge protection.
We said we cannot install surge protection inside the Peed Al Sea 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 Peed Al Sea Thingee? Get a Yalo
Bulala to go with it. Plug the Yalo Bulala in where you plug in the Peed Al Sea 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. The old one
can be re-used by sending the unit back to us to replace the MOV and TVS avalanche
diode at a nominal charge.
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 per circuit.
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 over a year. We've used the same technology on most of our
powerline conditioners for over 12 years. Most of the commercially available whole
house surge protection units use the same thing - in a boring looking metal box.
It's functional, wacky looking and affordable. What more could you ask for in a Blue