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AmazonBasics has the best power strip.
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2019
I am an electrical engineer for two decades. My opinion is based on my own experience. Whether you're just looking to add more outlets, or want to add a layer of protection between your gear and the outside world, you'll eventually want to buy a power strip with surge protection. With an incredible range of prices and features, not to mention a barrage of questionable marketing promises, it's hard to figure out what's worth the money, and what's nonsense. Power strips and surge protectors also called surge suppressors, and they are different. Typically, power strips are cheap, multi-outlet products that are merely an expansion of a wall outlet. These usually have a circuit breaker (on/off switch) of some sort, but most don't offer any real protection from electrical issues. Some might have the barest level of protection, but they're all pretty much just like plugging into the wall direct.
AmazonBasics power strip surge protector offers 4320 joules and 10 foot long power cord. If you live in an area with lots of thunderstorms, your gear is probably more likely to experience power surges. Even if you live in the desert, your A/C or refrigerator could kick power spikes back down the lines to your A/V gear. This surge protector is designed for a home and office, or a home-entertainment system.
My recommendation is getting a power strip with enough spacing for big plugs. Many devices use wall warts plugs that convert AC power into DC power and look like little boxes with electrical prongs sticking out. Consider getting a surge protector with wider spacing between sockets to accommodate chunky plugs. Always get more outlets than you need. If you need a heavy duty ones, I recommend the AXTRA 12-outlet power strip.
Friendly reminder: An example of using power strips unsafely is when they are daisy chained together. It’s the improper use that can cause safety issues, such as creating a potential electrical failure and or a possible fire hazard. Do not use extension cord with this power strip or connect another multi-outlet power strip with this power strip. The main issue is preventing fires and for that you should not daisy chain power strips in any way shap or fashion. Don’t use this power strip for two portable heaters, refrigerator and microwave together. Exceeds 1800W will trip your house breaker.