This paper verifies and analyzes the proposed wide range (WR) model for surge arresters. The verification analysis of various surge arrester models is performed; 1) on the model itself independent of power systems, and 2) by considering that surge arrester models are connected to a simple power transmission system. In order to accurately verify the performance of the WR model, some of the well-known surge arrester models are utilized. Simulation results reveal the advantages of the new model compared to traditional models already available in the literature. (C) 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.