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4360 Joule rating
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2020
The tricky thing is that a lot of people don’t realize that not all power-strips are created equal. Just because they’re rated for 1875W/15A it doesn’t mean anything other than the wires are sufficiently thick. The watt or amp rating should match the ratings on the outlet to make sure that neither gets overloaded. If you’re trying to protect sensitive electronics against power surges, you need more than a power-strip; you need a power-strip with a surge-protection rating.
I won’t get into how many joules you should get, and how long surge-protector last. Suffice it to say, the higher the rating the better, and they do eventually go bad. So, plan on periodically replacing old and worn protectors, and keeping anything important connected to a surge-protector, especially if like me, you live in an area prone to power-outages and power-fluctuations.
Obviously this power-strip meets the above criteria. It has adequate wiring ratings, and it is also a surge-protector. I like technical details, so I was pleasantly surprised that although the description says that this is a 2100 Joule protector, the ETL stamp underneath lists it as a 4360 Joule surge-protector. Remember higher = better. The stamp also boasts a 600 volt clamping voltage, which is also pretty good.
So aside from the high-end technical specs, I find myself pretty impressed with the device. The USB ports are intelligent in that they’ll adjust the amperage delivery up to 2.4 amps per port, and the 12 AC outlets are all child-safety outlets. Also, the fact that there are 12 outlets makes it so it’s easy to plug in multiple devices even if some of those have bulky wall-warts. It is a bit large, and it doesn’t have RJ-11 (phone) or RJ-45 (network) cable protection, but it never claimed to have it. I feel like I stumbled onto a hidden gem for a very reasonable price