Best Power Strips

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 21, 2019
Power strips let you power as many as twelve devices from one AC socket. The best power strips also keep these devices safe from different issues and hazards like over-current, short-circuit, surge, and more. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Usage
Max Load for Outlets
Outlets / USB ports
Cord Length
Extras
Protection
Warranty
 
PROS

The strip is compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, or Microsoft Cortana, so you can use voice control to manipulate the unit. There's even a schedule feature that will let you set up different devices turning on and off at different times. The app will let you monitor how much power different devices consume and turn off the devices that consume too much.

CONS

The cable is pretty short. 

OUR VERDICT

The TP-LINK Kasa HS300 is as smart as these power strips get. The model is perfect for controlling electronics at home, office, or pretty much anywhere else. The Kasa Smart app will let you monitor and control the connected devices from anywhere.

detailed parameters
Usage

Indoor

Max Load for Outlets

15 A

Outlets / USB ports

6 outlets, 3 USB ports

Cord Length

3 ft

Extras

Built-in Wi-Fi (compatible with Kasa Smart app), voice control support, energy monitoring, schedule feature, LED status lights, holes for wall mounting

Protection

Surge protection

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Tested by NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory), the step-down voltage converter meets all the requirements of various industries and can be used beyond the mere needs of traveling. The multi-protect safety system will keep the connected devices safe no matter what. 

CONS

The max load per outlet is relatively limited. 

OUR VERDICT

This is a solid all-around product. The device features 3 Type-B sockets and one input socket for any power cable. Additionally, this converter is equipped with 4 USB ports (two 2.4 A and two 1 A), which rounds up into 6 A of total power output dedicated specifically for mobile gadgets.

detailed parameters
Usage

Indoor

Max Load for Outlets

~2 A

Outlets / USB ports

3 outlets, 4 USB ports

Cord Length

5 ft (detachable)

Extras

Power converter technology, UK/AU/US/EU plugs included

Protection

Multi-protect safety system (over-current, over-temperature, output short-circuit, surge protection)

Warranty

18 months

PROS

The model comes equipped with 12 outlets. These outlets haven't been put too close to each other, so you'll have no issues plugging and unplugging different devices. Eight outlets even rotate/pivot, providing additional room for sizable AC adapter plugs. The strip's convenient cord management system will let you keep the cables organized.

CONS

The LED indicators are quite bright. 

OUR VERDICT

The Belkin BP112230-08 is an excellent space-saving solution that works for different computers, home theatres, everyday appliances, office equipment, the list goes on and on. The damage-resistant housing is pretty much indestructible. The surge protection system pretty much prevents equipment lockup.

detailed parameters
Usage

Indoor

Max Load for Outlets

15 A

Outlets / USB ports

12 outlets

Cord Length

8 ft 

Extras

8 rotating outlets, oversized metal oxide varistors (MOVs), protected/not grounded indicator lights, cord management system, damage-resistant housing, holes for wall mounting

Protection

Surge protection, RJ-11 protection (1 in, 2 out), coaxial cable protection (1 in, 1 out)

Warranty

Lifetime warranty

PROS

The mounting slots let you attach the strip to any wall, media cabinet, desk, and/or workbench. The sliding outlet safety covers prevent contact with unused outlets and extend the strips' lifespan. The housing is compact but also durable and fire-resistant. Dubbed transformer outlets, there are these three ports that provide additional space for large adapters.

CONS

Some find the plastic somewhat flimsy. 

OUR VERDICT

The Tripp Lite TLP808B offers exceptional value. You'll be able to power up monitors, TV sets, printers, different gaming consoles, sound systems, media players, device chargers, as well as desk lamps and small appliances. The built-in breaker is excellent at protecting these devices against overloads.

detailed parameters
Usage

Indoor

Max Load for Outlets

15 A

Outlets / USB ports

8 outlets

Cord Length

8 ft

Extras

Protected/not grounded indicator lights, holes for wall mounting

Protection

Surge protection

Warranty

Lifetime warranty 

PROS

Incorporating safety shutters, the model keeps these ports/outlets safe and accessible at the same time. There's this circular blue light around the power button that is easy to find and that you can use to activate/deactivate the USB ports. The detachable base lets you mount the unit to any wall/desk (the necessary screws and adhesive pads come with the package).

CONS

The USB ports are too close to each other. 

OUR VERDICT

The BESTEK MRJ3003 is sleek. It is easily the most space-saving power strip we've looked at. The unit measures 3.4 x 3.1 x 3.4 inches, which is pretty ridiculous considering the three outlets and four USB ports (three Type-A and one Type-C) that the strip comes fitted with.

detailed parameters
Usage

Indoor

Max Load for Outlets

15 A

Outlets / USB ports

3 outlets, 4 USB ports (3 Type-A and 1 Type-C)

Cord Length

5 ft

Extras

Detachable base for wall/desk mounting (screws and adhesive pads included), dedicated button to activate/deactivate the USB ports

Protection

Short-circuit, overload, over-current, fire-resistant, surge protection 

Warranty

18 months

TP-LINK Kasa HS300

Remote Control

The TP-LINK Kasa HS300 is as smart as power strips come. First things first, the unit comes equipped with an awesome built-in Wi-Fi module.

Using the company's Kasa Smart application, you'll be able to control the connected devices from anywhere. The app will let you monitor how much power different devices consume and turn off the devices that consume too much. You'll be able to remotely power up the room as well as turn on holiday lights and things like that.

Moreover, this smart power strip is compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, or Microsoft Cortana, so you can use voice control to manipulate the unit. There's even a schedule feature that will let you set up different devices turning on and off at different times.

There are six smart outlets that you'll be able to control independently and three USB ports that will let you charge different devices.

Aside from the obviously relatively high price, the only issue we have with this advanced thing is that the supplied cable is pretty short (3 feet).

Other than that, again, the TP-LINK Kasa HS300 is as smart as these strips get. The model is perfect for controlling electronics at home, your office, or pretty much anywhere else. Plus, the LED status lights display the currently active outlets. To make things simple, this is the best power strip on the list.

Review of TP-LINK Kasa HS300 Smart WiFi Power Strip

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BESTEK FBA_MRJ201GU-GL

Two-Way Conversion for Multiple Gadgets

This universal converter of voltage from BESTEK has all it takes to be an all-around good product. But what makes this model stand out from the crowd of similar adapter converters? Let’s take a glance at its key aspects and find out, shall we?

First things first, the device features 3 Type B sockets and one input socket for a power cable. Additionally, this converter is equipped with 4 USB ports (two 2.4 A and two 1 A), which rounds up into 6 A of total power output dedicated specifically for mobile gadgets. With 7 ports in total, you can find a spot for any and all gadgets in your luggage.

Tested by NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory), the step down voltage converter meets all the requirements of various industries and can be used beyond the mere needs of traveling and this alone says a lot about the protection means of this model.

To be more precise, this adapter from BESTEK has a supreme protection system that will cover your devices in case of a voltage jump, electric discharge, or if the adapter gets too hot. An essential portable charging device that will come in handy more than once during your countless trips across foreign countries.

The only thing that is noticeable during use is the bright white color of the housing that stains quite easily. However, if you are not discouraged by this impractical yet not really crucial flaw then, this model will be right up your alley, especially since it doesn’t affect performance one bit.

Review of BESTEK FBA_MRJ201GU-GL Universal Travel Adapter

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Belkin BP112230-08

Going Massive This Time

The Belkin BP112230-08 is massive. The model comes equipped with 12 outlets. At the same time, these outlets haven't been put too close to each other, so you'll have no issues plugging and unplugging different devices.

Eight of the outlets even rotate/pivot, providing additional room for sizable AC adapter plugs. In other words, you'll be able to connect multiple power supplies simultaneously without any major issues.

The massive 8-feet cord won't keep you tied down to the nearest AC outlet. At the same time, there's also the strip's convenient cord management system that will let you keep the cables organized.

The LED indicators are relatively bright, that's the only thing we have against this power strip.

Apart from that, we've got no complaints. The damage-resistant housing is pretty much indestructible.

The surge protection system surge works wonders reducing electromagnetic interference (EMI) as well as radio frequency interference (RFI), blocking the unwanted line noise and ensuring better equipment performance of your equipment. Plus, the system pretty much prevents equipment lockup.

Bottom line, the Belkin BP112230-08 is an excellent space-saving solution that works for different computers, home theatres, everyday appliances, office equipment, the list goes on and on. This heavy-duty unit can even be used on jobsites to power different power tools.

Review of Belkin BP112230-08 Pivot-Plug Power Strip

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Tripp Lite TLP808B

Eight Good Ports

The Tripp Lite TLP808B is fairly cheap. We're not referring to the product's quality here, by the way. It is really cheap considering how good this thing is.

First and foremost, the model comes equipped with eight AC ports. There's enough distance between these ports (especially the three on the left), so you'll have no issues using all eight ports at the same time. Dubbed transformer outlets, these three ports provide additional space for bulky AC adapters.

Meanwhile, the so-called diagnostic LED indicator lights will let you confirm that the protection system is active and the outlet is grounded.

On the convenience front, the high-quality long cord (8-feet) with its right-angle plug will let you reach distant outlets. The mounting slots, on the other hand, will let you attach the strip to any wall, media cabinet, desk, and/or workbench.

As far as safety is concerned, the built-in breaker is excellent at protecting the devices against overloads. The sliding outlet safety covers prevent contact with unused outlets and extend the strips' lifespan. Last but not least, the housing is compact but, at the same time, pretty durable and fire-resistant.

Long story short, the Tripp Lite TLP808B offers exceptional value. You'll be able to power up monitors, TV sets, printers, different gaming consoles, sound systems, media players, device chargers, as well as desk lamps and small appliances.

Review of Tripp Lite TLP808B Surge Protector Power Strip

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BESTEK MRJ3003

As Sleek as they Come

The BESTEK MRJ3003 is sleek. It is easily the most space-saving power strip we've looked at.

The unit measures 3.4 x 3.1 x 3.4 inches, which is pretty ridiculous considering the three outlets and four USB ports (three Type-A and one Type-C) that the strip comes fitted with. This little cube will let you manage the cables and provide different devices with enough power to run comfortably.

Incorporating safety shutters, the model keeps these ports/outlets safe and accessible at the same time.

There's this circular blue light around the power button that is easy to find and that you can use to activate/deactivate the USB ports.

The detachable base lets you mount the unit to any wall/desk (the necessary screws and adhesive pads come with the package).

Of course, the size presents obvious disadvantages. First and foremost, the USB ports have been put really close to each other, so you might face minor issues plugging and unplugging certain devices.

On the bright side, the fire-resistant plastic housing is surprisingly durable. Plus, the safety system includes short-circuit, overload, over-current, surge protection, and overcurrent mechanisms to keep the devices safe no matter the circumstances.

In other words, the BESTEK MRJ3003 is easily the most stylish, portable, and, in some ways, the most practical unit on the list.

Review of BESTEK MRJ3003 Mountable Power Outlet Extender

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What is a Power Strip?

These things have almost as many names as every Game of Thrones character combined.

Sometimes referred to as plug boards, power boards, multi-sockets, socket boards, extension blocks, power bars, plug bars, super plugs, polysockets, and even trailing gangs and trailing sockets (the list goes on and on, by the way), power strips are essentially blocks with electrical sockets and, sometimes, USB ports. These strips come equipped with an AC power cord that connects to the mains and lets you power multiple devices from one electrical socket.

Of course, looking into circuitry and things like that, there's nothing basic about these things but, as far as consumer electronics are concerned, these strips are pretty simple (bar high-end smart models). The difference between these strips is pretty much limited to how many different outlets and ports these things come fitted with and what's the max load they're able to transfer to these outlets and ports.

Apart from that, it is the little things like different safety mechanisms, cord length, the distance between these outlets and ports, mounting options, etc.

Though every model on this list is as safe as they come, sometimes surge protectors are more appropriate. On the road, however, you'd probably rather have any half-decent voltage converter with you.

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Publish Date: 2019-11-21 20:22:49