A couple of years ago, power strips were mostly simple things like an on-off switch. Times certainly have changed. Shopping for a new power strip today takes almost as much research as for a new appliance. And with the ever more electronics in our homes, including an increasing number that require frequent recharging, outlets are at a premium.
That leaves many wondering about the most important things to consider. If this sounds like you, then you’ve definitely come to the right place. Below are some of the things you should know before deciding on anything.
Surge Protection is a Must
Surge protection keeps your electronics from getting damaged in a power surge, usually storm related. This is possible as it redirects unexpected increases in voltage away from delicate equipment. Even when there is no storm, smaller, less noticeable power spikes have the potential to shorten then life of your devices.
One thing you should keep in mind is that protection is rated by joules, a measurement of energy. For computers, home theatres and audio equipment, you should have nothing less than 2,000 joules.
New Models Should Sit Off the Floor
Let’s be honest, manufacturers already know that we have numerous devices to plug in on tables and nightstands. This is mostly done with cables of varying lengths that may not reach the flow. No wonder easy access is key for everything to work in place.
The good news is most manufacturers have developed tower-style and disc-shaped strips that can sit on a table and not look like an eyesore. Some even boast a built-in wireless charging pad for smartphones.
Flexibility for Big Plugs
Quite common these days, oversized plugs can cover the adjoining outlets on a traditional power strip, preventing you from using it at full capacity. New strips handle this issue by spacing outlets father apart or allowing them to pivot up to 90 degrees. To cut a long story short, you should always remember that flexibility for big plugs is important, and you can never risk skimping on it at any given time.