Multiple layers of protection will guard against power surges coming through your coaxial TV cable, telephone/DSL lines, and home’s electrical outlets. The six outlets are spaced nicely to accommodate large power adaptors, and all of them have sliding covers to keep out dust and debris when not in use.
Outlets : 6 | USB ports : 0 | Power switch : Yes | Surge protection : 1,080 joules | Circuit breaker : 15-amp | Ground fault detection : Yes | Cord length : 4 ft. | Plug : 90° Each individual receptacle rotates, so that it can be oriented to suit larger plugs and power adapters without obscuring the ones next to it.
Mount the unit horizontally using the slotted holes on the back, and keep the cords in order with two, fold-out guides on the end. We found the SurgeS trip to be a good all-around option, with ample surge protection for sensitive electronics and flexibility for any size power adapter.
Bested’s eight- outlet surge protector is versatile enough to sit on a desk or work table where plugs are frequently needed or switched out temporarily. The upright, tower configuration conveniently exposes two outlets on each side for easy access when placed in the center of a table.
It has three USB ports, and the flat tower top makes a nice place to leave devices while charging. We found it particularly handy for use on a project/craft table where we use our computers, glue guns, cordless tool chargers, and soldering irons.
We especially liked the Power Strip Tower on our project table where tools and equipment frequently come and go, and we have several things going on at once. A modest amount of surge protection is provided for sensitive electronics, although we wouldn’t suggest using this as a permanent power supply for these devices.
With three outlets and three USB ports, it will power all the personal electronic devices you need for work or play. Connect phone/fax/DSL lines, coaxial cables for TV/cable modems, and Ethernet and power cords for all your equipment to protect from surges and spikes wherever they come from.
The proliferation of wireless handheld devices that charge at lower voltages makes surge protection more important than ever. People tend to worry most about lightning strikes, which can find their way to electrical wires and cause power spikes in the millions of volts.
Air conditioners, compressors, and electric ranges require a large amount of power, particularly when they start up. To adequately protect an average home entertainment system or computers and related equipment, look for surge protectors rated in thousands of joules.
We research the market, survey user reviews, speak with product managers and engineers, and use our own experience with them to determine the best options. We used a Sperry Instruments outlet tester to confirm circuit grounding when power strips had wiring fault indicators.
If you have a desktop computer, a home theater, a laptop, wireless earbuds, or any other number of gadgets gathered in one spot for use or for charging, you probably have them plugged into a power strip. But not all multi- outlet strips are created equal, and if you haven’t attended to it in a while, there’s a chance yours is ripe for a replacement.
Trip Lite may not be a household name, but they’ve been making quality power devices for decades. It also contains an automatic shutoff mechanism that stops delivering power once its surge protection has worn out, so you know when it’s time to buy a new one.
If no other surge protector seems to have room for your giant power bricks, you’ll want the Welkin Pivot Plug. Note that unlike the Trip Lite models, it won’t automatically shut off when it’s worn down.
When the power goes out, your computer and other equipment run off the unit’s battery for a few minutes, giving you enough time to save your work and shut down safely. This Overpower model can handle up to 450 watts of gear, and has a handy LCD to let you know how much power it’s currently drawing.
Just remember to replace the battery every couple of years, or they won’t hold enough of a charge when you need them (and they’ll start to swell). We put together a list of competitively priced surge protectors that are best suited to fulfill the charging needs of most people, even techies like ourselves.
Dimensions: 8.5 × 16.3 × 2.6 inches | Weight: 4.8 pounds | Outlets: 8 | Ports: 2 USB-Type A, 3 USB-C | Power Cord: 6 Feet | Surge Protection : 4,000 Joules | Watts: 1,800 The Austere VII Series 8 outlet comes in a beautifully designed aluminum case measuring 8.5 × 16.3 × 2.6 inches (4.8 pounds) with a six-foot power cord that's side-mounted at an angle for better plug usage and ergonomics.
The power strip is specially designed to protect against electromagnetic distortions that normally occur when devices are using the same outlets. With 8 outlets designed to provide maximum room for all different shapes and sizes of charges, you should be able to power up all your gadgets.
(Image credit: Booted) Dimensions: 12.2 × 3.8 × 1.4 inches | Weight: 1.8 pounds | Outlets: 10 | Ports: 4 USB | Power Cord: 6 Feet | Surge Protection: 2,100 Joules | Watts: 1,875 The Booted surge protector offers up a whopping ten outlets and four USB ports.
The strip also has a built-in circuit breaker to protect all devices against overload and comes with an extra-long heavy-duty cord accredited by the FCC, Ross. This strip is wall mountable with a lighted on/off switch with integrated circuit breaker for overload protection of all the outlets.
(Image credit: Amazon) Dimensions: 11.8 × 3 × 1.1 inches | Weight: 1.3 pounds | Outlets: 8 | Power Cord: 6 Feet | Surge Protection: 4,500 Joules | Watts: 1,800 This Amazon Basic branded power strip surge protector is our choice for best affordable option while still offering solid spike protection.
Lightweight for its size, at just over 1 pound, makes it easy to carry around the home or office or in a backpack. Providing up to 4,500 joules of protection for your electronic devices, this solid surge protector is a great deal for home, office or the dorm room.
(Image credit: Anger) Dimensions: 2.4 × 2.4 × 2.4 inches | Weight: 9.1 Ounces | Outlets: 3 | Ports: 3 USB | Power Cord: 5 Feet | Watts: 1,250 Anger’s Power Port Cube is designed to take up minimal space and to be highly portable.
With three outlets and three USB ports to charge your gadgets, it makes for a great tiny surge protector for on-the-go uses, like plugging in at local coffee shops, or in college when you have limited dorm room space. The Anger Power Port is a great travel buddy, allowing the user to keep all their devices and gadgets charged.
(Image credit: Power) Dimensions: 5.8 × 4 × 2.8 inches | Weight: 8 Ounces | Outlets: 6 | Ports: 2 USB | Surge Protection: 1,680 | Watts: 1,875 This surge protector from Power comes with six outlets and two USB ports for supported device charging.