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The 10 Best Surge Protectors  Jun 2019

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Best Surge Protectors - ECHOGEAR On-Wall Surge Protector With 6 Pivoting AC Review ECHOGEAR
9 . 7
Best Surge Protectors - APC 7-Outlet Surge Protector 1440 Joules, SurgeArrest (PE76) Review SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC
9 . 5
Best Surge Protectors - 12 Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip with 3ft Review PrimeCables
9 . 2
Best Surge Protectors - APC 6-Outlet Surge Protector 1080 Joules, SurgeArrest (PE66) Review SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC
8 . 8
Best Surge Protectors - AmazonBasics 3-Outlet Surge Protector with 2 USB Ports Review AmazonBasics
8 . 5
Best Surge Protectors - APC 8-Outlet, 2160 Joule Surge Protector, Black (PH8) Review APC by Schneider Electric
8 . 2
Best Surge Protectors - AmazonBasics 6-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip 2-Pack, 200 Review AmazonBasics
8 . 0
Best Surge Protectors - CyberPower CSB6012 Surge Protector 6-Outlets 12-Ft Cord 1200 Review CyberPower
7 . 8
Best Surge Protectors - Power Strip with USB Charger,Mibote Smart 4-Outlet Surge Review MIBOTE
7 . 4
Best Surge Protectors - Belkin 8-Outlet Commercial Power Strip Surge Protector Review Belkin
7 . 1

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Your Guide To Buying a Surge Protector

By Yehudah Posnick

    A surge protector can look like a typical wall outlet or power strip—it attaches to the wall current, and can give you a number of additional outlets. But it’s more sophisticated than that. It is designed to protect sensitive electronics from sudden spikes, pulses or drops in electricity. It will either divert excess voltage away from your computer or other device, or it can simply block the current once it exceeds a certain predefined limit. A surge protector will contain components whose resistance with the voltage--so if the voltage suddenly rises due to a lightning strike, it will keep the voltage of your equipment at the previous level. And if the electricity suddenly gets cut off, it can also protect your equipment from the sudden change in voltage.


    We've put together this work light buyer's guide to help you select the best surge protector that answers to your needs. It'll help you:

    • Choose the right type of surge protector,

    • See useful tips about that type of surge protector,    

    • Read reviews of different brands of surge protector, and what customers are saying,

    • Select the right brand of surge protector, and

    • Compare prices and find the best deals.

    • Single outlet: These will fit in a wall outlet and provide protection for a single device. Tripp Lite's Spikecube and Belkin's Conserve Energy Saving Outlet are both single-outlet protectors.

    • Travel surge protectors: These will be small devices that you can take with you when traveling. You can carry them along with you in your laptop bag. They will come in handy if you’re in a hotel room with a limited number of outlets.

    • Power strip-style: These offer a number of outlets, and can have other features, such as allowing you to recharge USB devices as well.

    Based on all the consumers' reviews we've scanned, these are the top things they mentioned about their new stuff:

    • Indicator light: A surge protector should have an indicator light that goes on when you plug it in--only that way will you know that it’s functioning.

    • Other Functions: There are surge protectors that have a slot to recharge your tablet or cell phone. They also allow you to recharge other USB devices.

    • Easy to use outlets: The outlets on a surge protector should be adequately spaced, so that it is easy to plug in and unplug other devices.

    • Conserve energy: The Belkin Energy Saving Outlet also has an auto-shutoff feature, so as to shut down when the connected device is not in use.

    • Let-through voltage: This is also known as “clamping voltage”. This is the voltage limit above which the surge protector will start diverting     power. If you have 120V of wall current, you'll have surge protectors whose clamping voltage is 330 V, 400 V, or 500 V.

    • Life expectancy of the device: A surge protector’s ability is weakened every time it experiences a power surge. A few large surges, or many small surges, will reduce the device’s ability to protect your electronics. Having a surge protector with a low let-through voltage may protect your devices well, but being so sensitive to react to every power surge may shorten its overall lifetime.

    • Joules rating: Joules are a unit of energy. The Joules rating of a surge     protector tells you how much energy the device can absorb in any one     power surge. A lower number Joules rating may actually have a longer life expectancy, because it diverts electricity more successfully.

    • Reaction time: The response time of a surge protector is the amount of time that it takes for it to react to a drastic change in voltage, before it influences your devices. Surge protectors usually respond within billionths of a second, or nanoseconds--that’s usually fast enough to prevent any damage.

    • Power cord length: The length of the power cord will indicate how far you can keep your devices from the outlet. You can get surge protectors that have a 12-foot power cord.

    Belkin was founded in 1983 in Playa Vista, California, by Chet Pipkin, as a computer cable company. They are part of Belkin International, which includes also the companies Linksys (who makes wireless connectivity products) and WeMo (who makes products for a “smart home”). They also make mobile accessories, tablet cases, keyboard cases, and power surge protectors.

    Tripp Lite—was founded in 1922 by Graham Trippe in Chicago, Illinois. They started making automobile headlights, but they quickly expanded to making cables, power inverters, lighting solutions, and uninterruptible power supplies.

    APC—was founded in 1981 as the "American Power Conversion Corporation", making uninterruptible power supplies. They later started making surge protectors, and products for cable and fixed wireless applications, cooling systems, security and environmental monitoring devices, and more. Their headquarters is in West Kingston, Rhode Island.

    Tii Technologies—was founded in 1966, and has its headquarters in Edgewood, New York. They are makers of lightning and surge protection devices. They also make network interface devices, DSL filters and splitters, VoIP products, and more.


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