Electricity supply is erratic at most places in India(including urban area) with voltage fluctuating in both directions frequently. These high voltage fluctuations can damage appliances, there by causing them to end much before their normal useful life. To address this you need a voltage stabilizer that can save your home appliances. This post will help you find the best voltage stabilizers in India for home use.
Verdict: V-Guard is a standout winner for best voltage stabilizers with Microtek providing good alternatives. Apart from these two, there are other brands such as ServoMate, Accurex, ServoKon, Luminous, IFB, and Pulsetron. However they did not find place in our list as there is not much online details/reviews.
Especially voltage fluctuations are higher in the summer time. Increase in appliance tripping will lead to burning of internal components. Best way to avoid this situation is only by using right voltage stabilizer at home. Check this guide further for more details.
Best Mainline Voltage Stabilizers
Unlike specialized stabilizers for an individual appliance, mainline Voltage stabilizers are directly connected to the main power line coming into your home.
You have to be careful with the maximum load that you need in your home. Therefore, you will need to buy a suitable stabilizer that fulfills your usage requirements.
1. Microtek EML3090+
Microtek is one of the most recognized and awarded companies in India in the electrical & electronic component manufacturer.
The max load capacity of this particular mainline voltage stabilizer is 3KVA. This is sufficient for a small household with limited usage of appliances. This product also has a separate MCB in place, which helps you bypass the stabilizer in case you need to run a heavier load.
- Like all Microtek automatic voltage stabilize, this product is built with the objective of saving power. The product is hence very energy efficient.
- It operates on a wide range of input voltage. Right from 90 V up to 300 V.
- Comes with a digital display to showcase important information visually.
- The product has safety cutoff for both high as well as low voltages. This acts as an important protection feature for your appliances during high fluctuations.
- The company offers a comprehensive 2-year onsite warranty for the stabilizer.
- The stabilizer weights around 16 Kgs and hence will require a good platform to place it on.
- Dimensions (LxWxH) – 457x375x217
2. V-Guard V GMW 200
When you have more number of electrical appliances at home, then the above mentioned stabilizer might not be enough to take the entire load. You will need a Mainline Stabilizer with more capacity. In that case VGuard VGMW 200 will help as it can support up to 2KVA.
VGuard is a brand that is known for its quality products and reliability of its appliances. The product also looks much better and classy compared to the regular looking Microtek Stabilizer. The black colour will go well with almost any home decor.
- Supports input operating voltage of 90 V up to 300 V. This helps you keep your home appliance safe over a large voltage fluctuation range.
- Supports mainline current of up to 15 A
- The product comes with Initial time delay feature. This helps protect compressors of expensive appliances like AC or Refrigerators from getting damaged due to multiple & frequent restarts.
- It has a nice digital display.
- Comes with various safety features like under & over Voltage protection. The stabilizer also has an overload protection functionality.
- The product comes with a 2-year comprehensive on-site warranty by VGuard.
- The stabilizer weighs around 20 kgs.
3. Microtek EML5090
Microtek EML5090 works well for a house with a small refrigerator and other smaller appliances like television etc. This can handle a load of 5KVA (Similar capacity to the VGuard product listed above).
- The specifications of this product are similar to Microtek product listed above.
- The only difference is the load capacity of the product.
Best Voltage Stabilizers for Television / Home Theater
We have shortlisted couple of stabilizers for TVs at home. They vary based on display size of the television.
1. V-Guard Digi 200 Smart TV Stabiliser (upto 70 inches TV)
V-Guard Digi 200 voltage stabilizer can protect multiple appliances such as DTH set top boxes, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, and home theater systems in addition to your smart TVs, LCD/LED and 3D TVs having screen sizes up to 70 inches.
Note: This stabilizer can support different appliances(including washing machines and fridges) with overall load up to 6 amps.
- This stabilizer has a compact design with a durable cabinet with virgin ABS for superior durability. The seven-segment digital display indicates both the input and the output voltage at the press of a button.
- It is a good safety feature that enables you to determine the input voltage. This stabiliser works within a voltage range of 140 to 295V. It comes with surge protection features whereby it protects your expensive electronic appliances.
- The stabiliser comes with an EMI filter thereby protecting your electrical and electronic appliances from electronic magnetic waves.
Hence, the TV and home theater system does not exhibit any audio-visual disturbances. It enhances the lifespan of your electronic appliances.
2. V-Guard TV Stabiliser Mini Crystal Supreme (upto 32 inches TV)
V-Guard Mini Crystal Voltage Stabilizer is ideal for a 32-inch TV. You cannot use it for the bigger TVs. It has multiple outlets whereby you can connect your DTH set-top boxes and the DVD players.
The manually replaceable fuse enables this stabiliser to provide protection to your TV and other appliances from short circuits and overloading. The LED status indicator allows you to determine the input and output performance.
You can place it on the ground or table as it has a compact design. It comes with a wall mountable facility. Hence, it is a safe voltage stabilizer in many ways. This V-Guard stabilizer can work within a wide voltage range of 90 to 290V.
Best Voltage Stabilizers for Air Conditioners
Air conditioner appliance will function for many more years if you protect them with best voltage stabilizers. Depending on your AC capacity, check below products.
1. V-Guard VWI 400 2850-Watt AC Stabilizer
V-Guard is a reputed manufacturer of voltage stabilisers in India. Air conditioners are the worst hit of all electrical appliances during voltage fluctuations. The compressor in the AC units can undergo damage if the input voltage fluctuates above or below the permissible range.
This V-Guard stabiliser can work in the range of 130V to 280V with its maximum output voltage being 240V. The presence of the intelligent time-delay system ensures that the compressor does not get damaged due to sudden voltage fluctuations.
This voltage stabilizer is a safe one to use because it comes with both high and low voltage cut-off protection feature where the stabilizer stops functioning when the input voltage is outside the range of 130V to 280V. It is compatible with both the regular and inverter AC units.
The wall mounting feature of this voltage stabilizer is an advantage as it does not come in contact with water, especially when you clean your house. It also allows you to keep this stabilizer out of reach of children.
This three-phase stabilizer has a digital indicator that indicates the output voltage. It is a long-lasting stabilizer as it comes with a manufacturer warranty of three years.
2. V-Guard VDI 400 Voltage AC Stabilizer
This V-Guard VDI 400 stabilizer is the ideal one for a 1.5-ton air conditioning unit. It comes with various useful features that not only protect your AC unit but also looks attractive and blends with your house interiors.
Installing this voltage stabilizer is easy. All you have to do is to mount it on the wall and connect the AC wires to it. You connect this stabilizer to the mains current whereby the current passes through this appliance to your AC. It acts as both a step-up and step-down voltage stabilizer.
The intelligent time delay feature provides a proper balancing time for your AC compressor and protects it from frequent power outages and erratic voltage fluctuations.
This stabiliser works within a specific range of voltage. It shuts down automatically if the input voltage is outside this specific range thereby protecting your AC from low and high voltage.
This stabiliser comes equipped with a thermal overload protection feature comprising of dedicated sensors to protect the stabiliser and the AC units from high temperature burnouts during overload conditions.
This voltage stabilizer comes with a 3-year manufacturer warranty.
3. V-Guard VG 400 Voltage AC Stabilizer
Here is another V-Guard voltage stabilizer, the VG 400. This voltage stabilizer is ideal for AC units having capacity up to 1.5 tons only. Usually, you have copper winding in voltage stabilizers. This device comes with 100% aluminium winding.
This unit works in the voltage range of 170V to 270V. It comes with a cut-off feature whereby the voltage stabilizer will switch off the current supply to your AC if the input voltage is outside this specific range.
The intelligent time-delay function protects your AC compressor from damage as it allows for a small time-delay before the compressor starts functioning. The thermal overload functionality protects the stabilizer as well as your AC unit in the case of an overloading situation.
It comes with a wall mounting facility whereby it is a safe appliance. This voltage stabilizer does not have the electronic display units.
4. V-Guard VG 500 Voltage AC Stabilizer (upto 2 ton – 170V to 180V)
If you have an AC unit with capacity more than 1.5 tons, you would not be able to use the three voltage stabilizers discussed above. You need to go in for a stabilizer with a higher energy limit. The V-Guard VG 500 stabilizer is ideal for AC units up to 2 tons.
This voltage stabilizer works in the specific voltage range of 170V to 270V. If the input voltage falls outside this range, the stabilizer will shut down automatically thereby protecting your AC unit and the stabilizer as well.
The VG 500 stabiliser comes with a compact wall-mounting design that makes it easy to install and safe to use. It is a cost-effective stabiliser that comes with a 3-year manufacturer warranty.
This stabilizer comes with the ITDS (intelligent time delay system) that protects your compressor from harm and enhances its lifespan. The HMC technology protects the appliances connected to it. The thermal overload protection feature is also a highlight of this voltage stabilizer.
5. Microtek EM4160+ Voltage AC Stabilizer (upto 1.5 ton 160V – 285V)
Microtek is another reputed manufacturer of voltage stabilizers on the market. It is a wall-mountable voltage stabilizer capable of protecting AC units up to 1.5 tons. It comes with useful features such as auto start, low and high voltage cut-off, and digital display.
This voltage stabilizer works in a range of 160V to 285V. The advantage of this stabilizer is that it cuts off electricity supply if the input voltage is outside this range.
The Microtek stabilizer can work as a step-up as well as a step-down stabilizer depending on the input voltage.
The digital display comes with a seven segment decimal display that shows input voltage entering the appliance from the main grid. On pressing the button, it will indicate the output voltage from the stabilizer. Microtek offers a 3-year on-site warranty for this voltage stabilizer.
Best Voltage Stabilizers for Refrigerator and Washing Machines
Many refrigerators come with in-built stabilizers. But not all of them! So, you need to buy external stabilizers such as the one listed below to protect them from high voltage fluctuations. These stabilizers also work for washing machines as well.
1. V-Guard VGSD 50 ABS Smart Stabilizer for refrigerator (upto 300 litres)
This V-Guard voltage stabilizer is unique in the sense that it is the perfect one for refrigerators having capacity up to 300 litres. It can protect both the single and double door refrigerators but the capacity should not be more than 300 litres.
This stabilizer works in the input voltage range of 130 to 290V. One has to be careful with refrigerators as these appliances come with compressors.
Hence, installation of a voltage stabilizer is always preferable even if it comes with a built-in stabilizer. This external voltage stabilizer can protect the fridge from surges and short circuits.
The seven-segment digital display feature enables you to know the input and output voltage on the digital screen. You can keep this voltage stabilizer on top of the fridge as it comes with an attractive and compact design.
2. V-Guard VGSD 100 Refrigerator Stabilizer (upto 600 litres)
This compact V-Guard voltage stabilizer is ideal for refrigerators up to 600 litres. You can also use this stabilizer to protect deep freezers up to 4 amps.
Refrigerators come with compressors. Hence, they need additional protection in case of voltage fluctuations. This stabilizer comes with the ITDS technology that provides a time delay of about 3 minutes thereby protecting the compressor from unnecessary damage.
This voltage stabilizer can work in the voltage range of 130 to 290V. It comes with an automatic shut-off feature whereby it switches off the electric supply if the input voltage is outside this range.
Buyers Guide – Best Voltage Stabilizers in India
Selection of a right stabilizer suiting your applications is critical. The key areas to be considered critically are the nature, power consumption range of your application and the level of voltage fluctuations that are experienced in your locality. You need to know the rating of the equipment to be protected – the ratings are normally mentioned as KW, KVA or in Amps .You will also need to know the nominal line voltage and frequency.
How many appliances can I run on my mainline stabilizer?
This depends on the wattage of the devices you use. You should add up the peak power requirements of all appliance in your household to figure out which stabilizer you should be buying.
Normally, people with multiple phases of electricity in their homes, use one phase dedicated for all heavy appliances like Air conditioners, Washing machines (Especially if you use heated water to wash your clothes) etc.
You can use a mainline stabilizer on the second phase which will run fans, lights, televisions and other smaller appliances.
Do I need to buy separate stabilizers for my appliance even if I have a mainline stabilizer?
It is highly likely that you will need a separate stabilizer for heavy appliances like Air conditioners. If you are not sure, do consult an experienced electrician to suggest you the right combination.
How voltage fluctuations harm your appliances?
Usually, all home circuits have circuit breakers. Therefore, if there is any voltage fluctuation beyond the acceptable limits, the circuit trips thereby protecting your appliances from harm.
Technically speaking, a sudden switch off will not harm your appliance. However, there can be voltage surges during the restoration of the current supply. This surge can damage your electronic appliances.
In the absence of a circuit breaker, low voltage can cause harm to appliances that use motors or compressors.
The solution is to install a voltage stabilizer and ensure that the electric supply to your electrical appliances like AC, TV, fridge, and washing machines passes through the voltage stabilizer.
Wattage requirement of home appliances
Below is the guideline by V-Guard for different voltage requirement for your home appliances.
|Sub – Category||Model||Capacity in VA||Working Range||Appliances|
|Stabilizer for AC||VG 400||2700||170V – 270V||AC Up to 1.5 Ton AC or 18,000 Btu/Hr.|
|VG 500||3350||170V – 270V||AC up to 2 Ton or 24,000 Btu/Hr.|
|VS 400||2700||170V – 280V||AC up to 1.5 Ton AC or 18,000 Btu/Hr.|
|VS 500||3350||170V – 280V||AC up to 2 Ton or 24,000 Btu/Hr.|
|VND 400||3000||150V-285V||AC up to 1.5 Ton or 18,000 Btu/Hr.|
|VND 500||3700||150V-285V||AC up to 2 Ton or 24,000 Btu/Hr.|
|VND 400 Digital||2800||150V-290V||AC up to 1.5 Ton or 18,000 Btu/Hr.|
|VD 400 Digital||2800||150V-290V||AC up to 1.5 Ton or 18,000 Btu/Hr.|
|VWR 400||3000||130V-300V||AC up to 1.5 Ton or 18,000 Btu/Hr.|
|VGB 500||3800||130V-300V||AC up to 2 Ton or 24,000 Btu/Hr.|
|VEW 400 Digital||3000||90V-300V||AC up to 1.5 Ton or 18,000 Btu/Hr.|
|VGX 400||3000||130V-300V||AC up to 1.5 Ton or 18,000 Btu/Hr.|
|Digital Stabilizers(LED/LCD TV)||Mini Crystal||320||90V-290V||One LCD/LED TV Up to 81.3cm & DVD/DTH|
|VG Crystal||480||90V-290V||One LCD/LED/ 3D TV Up to 107cm &Home Theater, DVD/DTH|
|Crystal Plus||720||90V-290V||One LCD/LED/3D TV Up to 117cm & Home Theater, DVD/DTH|
|Digi 200||1380||140V-295V||LCD/LED/3D/Plasma TV+DVD/DTH +Home Theater System or Photostat Machine|
|Stabilizers for Refrigerators||VG 50||500||135V-280V||One Refrigerator up to 300 Ltrs|
|VGSD 50||500||130V-290V||One Refrigerator up to 300 Ltrs|
|VGSJW 50||500||90V-260V||One Refrigerator up to 300 Ltrs|
|VEW 50||500||90V-280V||One Refrigerator up to 300 Ltrs|
|VEB 50||500||70V-300V||One Refrigerator up to 300 Ltrs|
|VG 100||1000||135V-280V||One Deep Freezer up to 4 Amps /Refrigerator up to600 Ltrs|
|VGSD 100||1000||130V-290V||One Deep Freezer up to 4 Amps /Refrigerator up to600 Ltrs|
|VGSJW 100||1000||90V-260V||One Deep Freezer up to 4 Amps /Refrigerator up to600 Ltrs|
|VG 150||1500||150V-280V||One Deep Freezer up to 6 Amps/Refrigerator/Air cooler/0.5 TON AC/800 VA DIGITAL UPS|
|VEW 150||1500||100V-300V||One Deep Freezer up to 6 Amps/Refrigerator/Air cooler/0.5 TON AC/800 VA DIGITAL UPS|
|Stabilizers for CRT TV, Music Systems||VGD 20||200||90V-300V||One 63 cm TV or One TV up to 53 cm + DVD/DTH|
|VG 30||250||135V-290V||One 73 cm TV or One TV up to 63 cm + DVD/DTH & Music System|
|VGD 30||250||90V-300V||One 73 cm TV or One TV up to 63 cm + DVD/DTH & Music System|
|Stabilizers for Washing Machines, Treadmill & Ovens||VM 300||2000||150V – 280V||One Microwave oven/Treadmill/washing Machine|
|VM 500||3500||150V – 280V||One Microwave oven/Treadmill/washing Machine|
|Mainline Stabilizers||VGMW 500 Digital||3700||90V – 300V||Main Line|
|VGMW 200||1500||100V – 300V||Main Line|
|VGMW 300||2300||100V – 300V||Main Line|
|VGMEW 500||3800||70V – 280V||Main Line|
|VGMW 1000||7300||120V – 280V||Main Line|
Over to you
For a regular consumer it is difficult to understand the technical specifications of any voltage stabilizer and choose the most appropriate one for home appliances such as TV, AC etc.
We hope this post has enough details to pick best voltage stabilizer online for you. Check product pages for more details and do share your feedback.