AmazonBasics 6-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip 2-Pack, 200 Joule - Black
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198 of 211 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."
23 of 24 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.
58 of 63 people found the following review helpful.
Low cost good quality option for people who need a basic surge protector.
First, I have not received this as a promotional item, or for free or discounted in exchange for my "unbiased review". So read on, this review is actually my experience with this product. I encourage all reviewers to begin their reviews with this disclaimer as too many reviews are now induced, and that information isn't disclosed until the very bottom which is a waste my time as I discount them out of hand. I've found if you run that product's Amazon page through this website [...] you'll discover it you should trust those reviews or not. But that's not a step we should have to go through and years ago, didn't.
Now for the product review. I only give 5 stars to outstanding products. I expect ever product I purchase from Amazon to be above average, so from me, a 4 star rating is considered a B+ or A-. Amazon Basic products are by and large 3 to 4 star products as they're never anything spectacular but always a good value and dependable product. Save for the ill fated Amazon phone.
I use these surge protectors as on off switches for all of those "vampire" products like my Wii, sub-woofer, etc that are always on and draining power when plugged in but don't have a separate switch. So the cost of the surge protectors are quickly off set with the electricity savings and wear and tear on the electronics themselves.
These 6 outlet surge protectors are more than functional but nothing fancy. The one off switch is large, easy to get to and the light is bright enough so you don't have to guess if the surge protector is active and functioning. Which is perfect for what I use them for. There are two features I'd have liked to see Amazon add, at least one USB port and one outlet turned 90 degrees for that odd plug we all have that will cover half of an outlet while taking up a full one. But at this price point, it's understandable why they haven't. Especially when you factor in you get two outlets for around the same price other sellers charge for one.
If you need a basic but dependable and easy to use Surge Protector, and don't want to spend a fortune, these will more than fit the bill.