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.
You've just spent a bunch on the latest TV, home entertainment system or computer, but did you know a massive surge of electricity could kill your valuable equipment in a microsecond? Please note: This guide gives advice on buying a UPS and surge protector, but we currently do not review products individually.
Find the best brands Avoid poor performers Get help when things go wrong They're more likely in country areas, but the thing is you don't even have to be struck by lightning to damage your electronic equipment.
Even the normal ups and downs of electricity supply can damage your equipment over time. These smaller spikes, surges and voltage drops gradually weaken electronic components and eventually lead to equipment failure.
It's worth looking for good quality power surge protection, but it isn't always easy to identify what's right for you by what's written on the box. Our past tests have found there is often little correlation between the joule/clamping voltage ratings on the packaging and the surgeprotector's actual performance, so it pays to be sure.
However, surge protector boards or UPS (uninterruptible power supply) units are cheaper and can be used by anyone. A UPS do all that too, but they provide a back-up power supply for a limited amount of time in case of a blackout.
This means if the power fails you have a bit of time to save your work on your computer and shut it down normally. Some UPS units also smooth out fluctuations in your power supply, helping to protect your equipment in the longer term.
A fail safe, which prevents the unit working as a normal power board if surge protection fails. Also check out the spacing of the outlets if you need to connect larger plugs like transformer blocks.
A circuit breaker is designed to cut power to the board to prevent damage and possibly even a fire. Whether surge protected or not, most power boards will have a circuit breaker fuse or overload switch built in.
How the VA rating translates into extended uptime will also depend on the number and type of devices you have connected and the capacity of its batteries. This type of unit should be matched with a big enough battery to give you enough time to save your work and properly shut down your PC in the event of a power blackout.
Most home users probably won't do this, and you don't have to because you can get a ballpark figure by looking at the power supply rating of your computer and associated equipment that you want to connect to the UPS. Though Volt-Amperes (VA) are the standard measurement used to describe the capacity of UPS units, it's not the full story.
A good rule of thumb is that 1.5-2 times the wattage load will give you the minimum VA rating to look for. This will give you a unit that will handle the load of the connected equipment when the power cuts out.
It's generally much easier to look to the manufacturer's website or product information for a UPS selection guide. For example, based on the usage scenario of 24hr/day, at 25c per kilowatt hour (kWh), the annual running cost of a 1500VA system would be almost $60.
The devices contain metal oxide various that suppress overvoltage to a safe level and act as a bodyguard for valuable electronic equipment. The 12 outlets, including 8 along the side that tilt 90 degrees, you can fit all manner of power blocks at myriad angles.
It’s ideal for entertainment or computer workstations and features filter banks to keep equipment safe from line noise. It’s also features a 1.8 m cord with has a handy 180º rotation plug that can be adjusted for devices in different angles.
While that had changed drastically over the years, depending on how old the appliances and utility systems are, surges and spikes may still happen. A surge protector basically works as a shield, as it blocks excessive voltage when it exceeds a certain extreme point.
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