AmazonBasics 6-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip 2-Pack, 200 Joule - Black
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful.
Easy Mounting Tip.
By Jason Hendricks
Good quality, reasonable price - not much to say about a power strip. As MANY people have noted, the mounting holes are somewhat oddly cut. Some people have modified the holes, I think that's overkill. Just use a flat-head screw, instead of the countersink, or V-shaped, screw heads. As another tip, put a piece of painters tape (or masking tape) on the back side of the power strip. You will be able to see the mounting holes through the tape. Poke a small hole through the tape at the very top of the mounting hole (to ensure both holes are at the same level in the mounting hole). Then just peel the tape and apply it to where you are mounting the power strip and drill through the holes in the tape - perfectly aligned mounting holes.
229 of 246 people found the following review helpful.
Good as a "one-time" surge protector, but you MUST RESET IT immediately.
By Dusty White
This is your basic surge protector. It is small, light, and solid. Some come with power switches, others do not (this model does). The switch allows you to kill ALL power without having to unplug the cord. I have dozens of these from various manufacturers and have bought these for years. The key here is the word "Basics" in "Amazon Basics." There is a red light that comes on when you turn it on. This light says "I am protecting your devices—but just once." If you have a power surge the strip will protect your appliances BUT the light will go off and power will remain to your devices. THIS CAN BE BAD. If you have *another* power surge before you reset this switch your stuff will get fried. So, we have the convenience of "always on" electricity, meaning that in the case of a power surge that gets past your circuit breaker somehow you will be protected (once). You won't lose power to your PC or whatever 'always on" device you need "always on," but you had better hit the reset button to get that red light on immediately. Otherwise you are now unprotected.
If this is unacceptable to you (surge protection for your devices is more important than them always being on) you should buy something else. For the price these are adequate. They work and they are cheap. They will serve you well. They are better than a power strip (which has no surge protection) but not as good as a real amperage/voltage spike protector, which will cost a bit more money. It is important to know what you are getting when you buy devices like this. Anyway, I hope this helps. I got this from Vine to test, and while it is a solid piece of equipment, it is not "all that and a biscuit."
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful.
Watch the surge LED, or risk damage.
By Mr Urban Tactical
The most important thing you need to know is that one surge will knock out your protection. Once a surge does happen the LED protected light will go out and you will need to flip the reset switch. So after major storms just at a look and see if the LED is still on. These strips are best used in a house that has a central whole home surge protection off the fuse box, they aren't expensive or hard to install. While they will protect you once from a surge, these strips require you to babysit them and make sure your always safe. For the price they are decent and look good mounted and feel soil in construction.
I would only recommend these for use if your plugging them into a UPS, another surge protector (to add plugs), or if you know you have to babysit it and are willing to check often. If your not, you have to spend alittle bit more and get one that has better protection. The cost is very small vs the potential loss you will face if a surge blows out your expensive electronics.
I've personally lost an expensive LCD TV to a surge, and I'll never be unprotected again.