Plugging your electronics directly to electrical power can be problematic for your devices, and this is why you need to invest in a quality surge protector. While they both tend to look alike, power strips or extension blocks are just for expanding the number of outlets (from a single wall socket) you can plug your devices to.
A surge protector on the other hand not only helps you expand power outlets for your devices but also, majorly provides a sort of barrier that shields them from excess electric charge. Simply put, a surge protector is an inexpensive method of keeping those pricey electronics safe, especially if you’re staying in a location with frequent surges in the electric current or unreliable power supply.
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Best for Office Use: Welkin Pivot-Plug Surge Protector “12 ports (4 fixed 8 rotating), 8 feet heavy-duty cord, 4,320 Joules rating, $300k CE guarantee, works for heavy-duty home office and kitchen equipment.” Best for Lightning Strikes: APC 11-port Surge Protector “11 ports, 6 feet cord with space-saving flat end, lifetime warranty plus CE $250K protection policy, 2880 joules rating.” Best Budget: AmazonBasics 8-port Surge Protector “8 ports, 4500 joules rating, sliding covers for cord protection, can be mounted on a wall, 6 feet cord, LED indicators.” Best Wall-Mount: Echo gear 8-Port Surge Protector “8 ports, 3,420 joules rating, EMI noise filtering, fireproof MOVE, 6 feet power cord, in-built circuit breaker, can be mounted on a wall.” The Best Appliance: Power Strip 6-port with 5 USB Ports “6 regular ports plus 5 USB ports, 1,700 joules rating, light indicator, an extender for wall mounting, 6 feet heavy-duty cord.” Best for Gaming PC: Trip Lite ISOBAR2 “Solid metal casing, durable design, 1,410 joules rating, noise filtration, 6 feet power cord (additional 12ft AC cord extension), 2 power outlets.” Best with USB: Power trip 6 USB, 6-Port Surge Protector “6 USB ports and 6 regular power ports, 6 feet heavy-duty cord, fire retardant shell, 125V energy with up to 1400 joules rating, UL approved.” Best for All-round Protection: HOS LEM 12-Ports, 3 USB Ports Surge Protector “12 regular power cuts plus 3 USB ports, flameproof material, 6 feet power cord, 4000 joules, has a keyhole for wall mounting.” The Welkin Pivot-Plug has a cord clip to organize the cables alongside a rotating outlet that allows you some space to use bigger AC adapters.
Watch video : Welkin 12 Outlet Pivot Plug SurgeProtector with 8 Foot Cord Unboxing & Set Up Besides the lifetime warranty and CE (connected equipment) guarantee of $250,000, the P11U2 comes with two USB ports that provide full charging voltage for your tablets and phones.
With 8-ports and having a total energy rating of 4,500J, the AmazonBasics can protect all your electronic devices from power spike including computers, TVs and more. It is equipped with a LED indicator that tells if your devices are protected and a fireproof MOVE for added safety.
Pros Provides dependable protection against power surge An LED indicates when devices and wiring are protected and grounded respectively Can be hung on the wall to minimize space Well-spaced ports for large adaptors Portable design It doesn’t just economize available space, it provides efficient protection against surge and has an energy rating of 3,420 joules.
Your home is completely safe with the additional fireproof Move plus the efficiency of the Echo gear 8-port lasts for a long time. To eliminate any lurking fears, the manufacturers have tested this product for safety, and it is UL certified.
Built with 8-ports Has a high energy rating of 3,420 joules Fireproof MOVE for extra protection 6ft power cord and built-in circuit breaker switch RFI/EMI noise filtering Power Strip markets this surge protector as being ‘lightning-proof’ and able to protect against overload, thereby saving you hundreds of dollars in replacement of your home or office appliances.
Pros Portable and compact Has a durable build Well-spaced ports avoid clogging of adapters The Trip Lite ISOBAR2 provides premium protection from power fluctuations and can be stashed away behind furniture or hung on a wall.
Pros Made of fire-proof material and built to last The sleek design makes it easy to hide surge protector in-between furniture and keep messy cords organized Can provide fast charging for as much as six smart devices at a time Multiple certifications mean the product quality is top-notch On/off switch plus low heat efficiency The body is built with a flame-resistant material and a 6ft heavy-duty power cord (UL Listed), that is suitable for home or professional use.
Watch video : HOL SEM 12 Outlets SurgeProtector with 3 USB Charging Ports Review Black, sturdy and sleek, this Trip Lite power surge protector has attachments (RJ11 jacks coaxial connectors) for protecting data lines including faxes, telephones, analog modems, cable modems and more.
Trip Lite allows for noise filtering and has a whopping 4,320 joules for maximum protection of appliances. You can also use the mounting slots to secure your device onto a wall, workbench, desk or media cabinet.
2 USB charging ports and 12-power ports 4,320 joules energy rating Advanced noise protection Illuminated switch to check the power status Diagnostic LED Mounting Keyholes at the back of the device The Rose will power surge suppressor provides premium protection from electrical fluctuations and spikes that might harm your appliances at home or in the office.
This Rose will device is ruggedly built, with a high 4,320 joules rating and a rotatable power strip for convenience. It also features noise filtering, with RJ11 and coaxial connectors for cables, telephones, antennae and satellite protection.
You might want to consider the UL seal (it should be certified by Underwriters Laboratories), also be sure it passes as a transient voltage surge suppressor. Be sure to check the type of warranty that’s applicable and exactly how you can file a claim in case your surge protector is or becomes defective.
If you plan to connect media devices like a video game or gaming PC, you should consider a surge protector ideal for such devices and robust enough to take on their connectivity requirements in contrast to smaller items like phone chargers or a portable fan. If you have gears like power tools, routers, and general office types of equipment like copiers and printers, you should be looking towards a surge protector that can take up to 1000 to 2000 joules for maximum protection.
If the surge protector is used in an environment with frequent surges, the protecting component will wear off over time. While many surge protectors make this bold claim, they cannot withstand a lightning strike’s direct burst of electric current.
The ETL listed Hosted surge has keyhole slots (for easy wall mounting). 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.