And if you are willing to pay more, you’ll benefit from knowing that this model is rated at a sufficient 1710 joules of protection. Functionality-wise it’s near-identical, offering voice control and scheduling support for owners of Amazon Alexa and Google Voice-compatible devices.
Similarly to the Double surge protector, its three USB ports automatically prioritize charging speed depending on how many gadgets are connected. Its 1000 joule rating is enough to cope with most average electronic devices, and you get the added benefit of having five USB Type-A ports for charging smartphones, tablets and suchlike.
Four of those use Smart IC tech that distributes power evenly, so the fewer appliances that are connected, the faster they charge. Two power buttons turn banks of six outlets on and off at a time, so there’s no option to them off individually which could pose a problem for control freaks.
If you’re looking at rocking out with a heavy metal surge protector, this 6-outlet model from Trip Lite fits the bill. With a compact design, what it lacks in space to accommodate larger transformers it makes up for in safety features.
In addition to thermal fusing for fail-safe protection and a multi-component firewall, the model packs a high 3330-joule rating and a solid metal housing to prevent it from bursting into flames in the event of a major electrical spike. With its grey-and-black two-tone design, it’s arguably one of the more aesthetically appealing beefy surge protectors, so it won’t look out of place in home or office.
Reasons to avoid While there are sturdier surge protectors out there, this basic plastic model from Amazon offers the highest joule rating on our list for the lowest cost. Its power switch integrates with a 15Amp overload reset table circuit breaker, and built-in LEDs indicate when devices are protected, and wiring is grounded.
If you’re seeking a surge protector that lets you control sockets and appliances with your voice, this model from Pecking is by far the more affordable option on our list. Something to consider is that this model supports a maximum 10-amp load, versus the TP-Link’s 15 amps, and Pecking for reasons unknown hasn’t specified its surgeprotector’s joule rating.
Schneider knows that bending down to unplug appliances can be a pain, which is why it’s given this Desk Mount surge protector a nifty bookable design. If you’re going to sling this unconventional surge protector over a desk or partition, just be aware that Schneider recommends it has a thickness of 9.98 – 2.4 inches for an optimal fit.
Other features include diagnostic LEDs that warn when surge suppression has kicked in, and child safety covers for peace of mind. With 3-line basic surge protection at a rating of 200 joules, this AmazonBasics model is suitable for connecting small appliances such as phones, lamps and other bedside gadgets.
If an electrical spike occurs, the surgeprotector’s red status LED indicator will switch off to let you know that it’s done its job and needs replacing; which won’t be an issue, as Amazon sends you two in the box. Reasons to avoid Surge protectors with multiple outlets aren’t always needed or practical, especially when on the move.
For a portable alternative to bigger wired models, the SurgeCube from Welkin plugs directly into a wall and weighs a measly 3.2 ounces, making it perfect for packing into a backpack or suitcase. It’s the most affordable type of single-outlet surge protector from Welkin, so it gives a pass on extras such as USB ports or voice compatibility but on the plus side features two LEDs to let you know when devices are grounded and protected.
Welkin has done well to squeeze those plugs into a compact design, which on the flip side means there’s less room to connect larger transformers compared to rival 12-outlet models. It features power filtration to operate at whisper-quiet volumes even under full load, and if you want to place it out of sight and earshot then that won’t be a problem thanks to its long 8ft cable.
I suggest reading the article on the wire cutter website, where they have tested surge protectors and make their recommendations. One thing for sure, there are much garbage surge protector and power strips on the market, be very cautious in what you purchase.
Lots of the products on Amazon are awful quality and won't protect your equipment. Read the entire article to understand how they evaluated the various surge protectors that were tested.
This might be a dumb question, but I am looking for a good surge protector with multiple outlets, but was wondering what everyone else has.... How many joules do you recommend? For a very reasonable amount of money, you could put an almost literal firewall between your expensive (and cheap) electronics and the juice coming in from a wall socket.
A surge protector throws itself into the line of fire, sacrificing its components again and again so that your devices stay functional. The surge protector takes a hit instead of your hardware or A/V system, and it could potentially save you hundreds to many thousands of dollars, depending on what you have connected.
You want to make the modest investment in a surge protector for the same reason you want to have a backup of your data: because there’s no going back after an adverse event. This isn’t the most robust surge protector, but it does offer fast-charging USB-C (up to 45 watts) and USB-A charging ports in an attractive form factor.
Welkin’s 12-Outlet Pivotal SurgeProtector (BP112230-08) won’t cut off power when it can no longer protect your devices, but it does offer low clamping voltage (330V on all legs). APC’s Surgeries Performance P12U2 is our new favorite surge protector that automatically cuts power when protection ends.
If you don’t need those two extra outlets and the USB charging ports, the Trip Lite TLP1008TEL remains a good pick for about $14 less. APC Surgeries (model P11VNT3) A solid entry that falls short in a couple of choices about continuous power and clamping voltage.
APC’s Surgeries is only slightly less flexible than Welkin’s offering, and it won’t cut off power to your devices unless its main line-neutral protection fails. If you place tremendous value in design, the Austere VII Series surge protector is the most attractive device in this category.
With a brushed-aluminum enclosure, polished beveled edges, and braided-fabric power cord, we haven’t seen anything else that comes close in terms of its industrial design. We considered several common factors for three scenarios: a home-entertainment system, such as a TV, disc player, streaming media box, and receiver system; a home office or cubicle with a desktop computer and peripherals, including monitors and hard drives; and an on-the-go option, if you want to travel with a multi-outlet strip that also gives you piece of mind, especially in hotels and conference rooms, where you don’t know what kind of power will be provided.
Features you typically won’t find in surge suppressors such as these are alarms or networked intelligence to alert a computer (and manage a controlled shutdown), or act as an Internet of Things device, to warn about electrical anomalies or provide a status report. That’s changed dramatically over several decades, as utilities have cleaned up what’s delivered to homes and buildings.
Depending on the age of a utility’s systems and how frequently lightning strikes occur, however, surges and huge spikes might be regular occurrences. Electronics and all other electrically powered anything for a home or office can accept brief amounts of much higher maximum voltages, which you can logically determine must be true as modest surges are routine and electronic equipment in homes isn’t constantly failing without a surge protector ; it’s the big surges that need to be blocked.
Surge protectors of the category we tested use metal oxide various (Move), a kind of circuitry that absorbs voltages above the clamping level and effectively burn away over time. In an area with erratic voltage, your surge protector might wear out in months or a few years; on other electrical systems, it might last indefinitely.
You can compare surge protectors’ durability, or the period over which the Move will remain effective, by looking at the number of joules advertised for the product. Joules provide a rough basis of comparison that’s nearly impossible to test in lab conditions, as you’d have to simulate a variety of surges over long periods of time with multiple identical units of each model.
Certification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) provides assurance that the product has been independently tested. We’ll use joules as a rough rule of thumb, as it tends to parallel differences in price and other features, too.
If you have a surge protector already in place somewhere in your house or office, go take a quick glance at it and come back. ThinkstockThe class of surge protectors reviewed here rely on Move (metal oxide various) to absorb excess voltage.
Older surge protectors were typically designed around the concern that computers had spinning hard disk drives (HDDs) inside, and that it was better to lose surge protection and keep providing power than to drop AC power when protection had failed. I confess that I only learned this in 2016; I checked mine, and had to replace one a few months later when that light suddenly disappeared.
That’s the biggest choice you’ll face, and we considered it in the six surge protectors we brought in for testing. Power comes in over line and passes through neutral, and cycles through negative and positive voltage; that’s one leg (known as L-N).
Because you can plug so much power into a multi-outlet device, it’s very easy to overload the thing into which you’re “daisy-chaining” the surge protector, which can cause product failure or even an electrical fire. You can use one of those clever 3-to-2 adapters that I know too well as the owner of an old house, in which only about half the outlets were ever upgraded to modern standards.
Some surge protectors have an LED that lights up if it’s not, or you can purchase a cheap plug-in detector from a hardware store. If you don’t follow the guidelines spelled out for plugging your surge protector into the wall, you can damage it void the product warranty and any damaged-items protection that comes with it.