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Axtra is a 450 joule surge protector, which I would not use ever to protect anything. So one of them is a surge protector, the other is a joke. At 4320 joules the amazon basics offers some real protection and longevity. Also the amount of joules of energy protection is directly correlated to longevity (surge protect… Axtra is a 450 joule surge protector, which I would not use ever to protect anything. So one of them is a surge protector, the other is a joke. At 4320 joules the amazon basics offers some real protection and longevity. Also the amount of joules of energy protection is directly correlated to longevity (surge protectors do not last forever. Astra is spamming with this question, and If I cared enough, I would look into the bona-fides of those who are recommending it here. at 50% higher price with about 10% of the energy protection the Axtra is not in the same league and I would never have it in my home.
This power strip is plastic casing. I prefer AXTRA 12 outlet metal housing power strip surge protector for your kitchenware.
The Clamping Voltage: L-N 400, L-G 500, N-G 500.
The EMI/RFI is 58dB.
After spending a life-time in the electronics field, I’m surprised at all of the hype, and mis-information about surge-protection devices.
One of the big questions regards daisy-chaining with extension cords and outlet strips. I have seen many opinions, like belly-buttons, everybody has one. But, according to the … After spending a life-time in the electronics field, I’m surprised at all of the hype, and mis-information about surge-protection devices.
One of the big questions regards daisy-chaining with extension cords and outlet strips. I have seen many opinions, like belly-buttons, everybody has one. But, according to the laws of physics and electronics, I’ll make some comments.
IMO The primary reasons that manufacturers recommend against it are probably, first, it allows people to plug additional devices into all the sockets possibly overloading the outlet’s breaker rating. Second, by using extension cords, or other surge protectors or outlet strips, you are placing the MOVs (the internal devices that actually divert excess energy) further away from the electrical ground to where the excess energy needs to be diverted.
Now, there is also the false premise that daisy-chaining two suppressors will double your clamping voltage, which is not true. All of the MOV devices in the suppressor units are in parallel, and therefore the voltage across all of them is the same. So, if they clamp at 330 volts, then that voltage will appear across all of them. However, if the first unit to fire gets fried because of excessive energy, the second unit will fire when the voltage exceeds its clamping voltage VPR. You might kinda think of it as cops do when they call for backup.
If there any other GOOD reasons for not daisy-chaining, I would like the manufacturers to state them.
Intuitively, I would offer the following advice. Plug your suppressor unit (hopefully rated at 330-400 volts VPR, and 3,000 joules, or higher) directly into the wall outlet, ensuring a good ground connection. If additional length is required, use a 14 gauge extension cord, or outlet strip for up to 10 feet, and a 12 gauge cord for 10-25 feet. Do not exceed the rated current draw or wattage requirement. Best to not exceed 75% of the wattage or current rating all together! So, first a suppressor unit plugged directly into the wall with a 6-8 foot 12-14 gauge power cord followed by an outlet strip with a 14 gauge power cord with multiple outlets should be fine if you don’t exceed 1350 watts or 11 amps in total device load. (that’s for an 1800 watt rated unit) This combo will allow you up to sixteen feet of access from an outlet. If more is needed, you’d better find another outlet.
I’m open to technical questions, if you have them.
All the outlets are protected.
Hi. Amazon Basic 8 outlet surge protector provide 4500J of surge protection which is perfect for expensive equipment. If you are looking for metal casing surge protector with cord management, you may also refer to another Amazon product B082Q22ZJ7.
The only difference is that the green ones offer wider spacing. For my money these are fine surge protectors, I have one at each of the computer workplaces in my home and one in my guestroom. The one in my office is protecting a dell workstation that would cost about $3000 to replace, plus two monitors, my high res p… The only difference is that the green ones offer wider spacing. For my money these are fine surge protectors, I have one at each of the computer workplaces in my home and one in my guestroom. The one in my office is protecting a dell workstation that would cost about $3000 to replace, plus two monitors, my high res printer, etc etc. I think you can gather my opinion as to the quality of this unit.
Hi. The clamping voltage is L-N 330V, L-G 400V, N-G 400V.
The clamping voltage is L-N 330V, L-G 400V, N-G 400V.
Clamping response time: < 1 nanosecond
According to the manual the lights on either side indicate different functions. One on the side for 2 prong plugs says "Protected" and if the light on that side goes out the surge protection is not functioning. The one on the other side says "Grounded". But it does not say anywhere in the booklet does it say why th… According to the manual the lights on either side indicate different functions. One on the side for 2 prong plugs says "Protected" and if the light on that side goes out the surge protection is not functioning. The one on the other side says "Grounded". But it does not say anywhere in the booklet does it say why the 3 grounded outlets are outlined in green. Sorry the answer is a non-answer. I am curious now!
Hi. If the green LED protected indicator turns off, it means that the surge protection feature no longer works.
And the power will be cut off when the surge protection LED goes off.
Hi. Yes, this is a UL certified type 3 transient voltage surge protector.
Hi. The power will be cut off when the surge protection LED goes off.
Hi. It’s a great surge protector for home theater system. It comes 4320 joule energy rating, and provides protection for sensitive electronic devices. In addition, the EMI/RFI noise filter rating for this product is 75dB, it ensures that your equipment receives clean power for maximum performance.
The electrical rati… Hi. It’s a great surge protector for home theater system. It comes 4320 joule energy rating, and provides protection for sensitive electronic devices. In addition, the EMI/RFI noise filter rating for this product is 75dB, it ensures that your equipment receives clean power for maximum performance.
The electrical rating of this product is 15A/120V/1800W, so please make sure the total power draw for all of the devices plugged into this Surge Protector is not exceeded it’s electrical rating.
Electrical Rating is 15A, 120V, 60Hz, 1800W
Ul Clamping Voltage: L-N 330V, L-G 400V, N-G 400V
The surge current is 3kA.
Info About Amazon Basics 8-Outlet Power Strip Surge Protector, 4,500 Joule – 6-Foot Cord, Black/Green (Reviews From Amazon)
I am an electrical engineer for two decades. My opinion is based on my own experience. Whether you’re just looking to add more outlets, or want to add a layer of protection between your gear and the outside world, you’ll eventually want to buy a power strip with surge protection. With an incredible range of prices and features, not to mention a barrage of questionable marketing promises, it’s hard to figure out what’s worth the money, and what’s nonsense. Power strips and surge protectors also called surge suppressors, and they are different. Typically, power strips are cheap, multi-outlet products that are merely an expansion of a wall outlet. These usually have a circuit breaker (on/off switch) of some sort, but most don’t offer any real protection from electrical issues. Some might have the barest level of protection, but they’re all pretty much just like plugging into the wall direct.
AmazonBasics power strip surge protector offers 4320 joules and 10 foot long power cord. If you live in an area with lots of thunderstorms, your gear is probably more likely to experience power surges. Even if you live in the desert, your A/C or refrigerator could kick power spikes back down the lines to your A/V gear. This surge protector is designed for a home and office, or a home-entertainment system.
My recommendation is getting a power strip with enough spacing for big plugs. Many devices use wall warts plugs that convert AC power into DC power and look like little boxes with electrical prongs sticking out. Consider getting a surge protector with wider spacing between sockets to accommodate chunky plugs. Always get more outlets than you need. If you need a heavy duty ones, I recommend the AXTRA 12-outlet power strip.
Friendly reminder: An example of using power strips unsafely is when they are daisy chained together. It’s the improper use that can cause safety issues, such as creating a potential electrical failure and or a possible fire hazard. Do not use extension cord with this power strip or connect another multi-outlet power strip with this power strip. The main issue is preventing fires and for that you should not daisy chain power strips in any way shap or fashion. Don’t use this power strip for two portable heaters, refrigerator and microwave together. Exceeds 1800W will trip your house breaker.
How many joules do you need? Heres the breakdown.
1,000- Lamps, blenders, digital clocks, small electronics.
2,000- Power tools, printers, routers, copiers, office equipment.
3,000 and above- Home theater components, soundbars, computers, subwoofers, synthesizers, DJ equipment and anything that stores important information.
I’m a music producer and audio engineer, I’ve used countless of surge protectors in my career and this is possibly one of the best I’ve come across.
It’s exceptionally well built and feels like a solid piece of equipment, the green LED indicators allow you to verify that everything is both grounded and protected. Something that’s extremely important yet most people overlook without knowing the importance of Joules and proper grounding. They buy a power strip with an on/off switch, connect their TVs, soundbars, computers etc etc and call it a day. Not good.
4,500 joules is more than enough to protect almost anything found in a home (except a space heater, never plug one into any power strip). I looked for other surge protectors with as many joules as this one for the same price and could not find a single one. Even the ones that cost twice as much only went up to 2,100 joules.
Amazon, I tip my hat to you. You guys are making great products.
The power strip allows me to have multiple items plugged in at the same time without having to worry about overloading the circuit. The entire strip can be turned off with the single built in switch so I can leave the computers with everything off but still plugged in. This outlet allows me to safely power everything. You have to worry about treating it gently because this power strip is plastic housings. I have been using Axtra power strip (highly recommended brand). There was a lightning strike hit on our house, and Axtra power strip protected all of my equipments, printer, computer, and wireless router.
The green light is incredibly bright in my bedroom. The wildly overdone light is probably useful in an office or school situation.
MY BACKGROUND STORY
I have personally and thoroughly researched a hundred surge protectors in order to determine the best surge protection system for my home. When I started this adventure, I wanted to know things like do I need lightning rods, what are whole house surge protectors, which are the best strip surge protectors, etc. And, what did I find? I found a disaster!
I found an industry that is filled with misleading, deceptive and outright lying advertising. I’ve researched other industries before but I have to admit this has been one of the worst I’ve seen. I didn’t find a single company that was truthful. Every single business in this business distorts their own results to make themselves look better and try to word things to make it sound like something else. It was a nightmare to figure out the truth. I’m genuinely surprised that no class-action lawsuits have been filed against any of these companies!
Let me say that independent testing has been done on other more reputable power strip companies and for these companies and their competitors, the actual specs do not match up to what’s published on the box! It’s crazy that there isn’t a government agency that hasn’t stepped in and put all these power strip companies in line. I guess not enough people have made enough noise…
THIS HAS GREAT PUBLISHED SPECS
On the other hand, the published specs on this Amazon product are awesome, relative to the price. The only problem like I said is that given the reputation of the industry, I truly wish that an independent party would test this. It would be extremely helpful. This product has extremely great specs but I doubt its veracity. Other factors that lead me to this doubt is the build quality of this unit. The unit isn’t particular sturdy and has a cheap plastic feel. It’s hard to plug and unplug cords into this. Sometimes, plugs will need to be forced in or just simply impossible. And, although I can deal with the powerful green light that other reviewers complained that it prevents them from falling asleep, I agree that it’s a little overwhelming – a major design flaw.
I’ll get right to the point and tell you what I thought of this product. (I know you are all busy.) So, how is this surge protector?
I THINK it’s darn good!
The technical specifications that are listed in the product description (for both the 8 foot and 10-foot cord versions) are pretty amazing. This has the lowest UL certified clamping voltage possible. Its surge rating is 4320 which is one of the highest I’ve seen so it’s going to last a long time. It’s EMI/RFI filters eliminate 75 dB of noise, which is a lot. The highest that I’ve actually seen even among devices that were 3 times more expensive. It also has an LED indicator that tells you when any of the 3 power lines are broken. I know that most of you, guys have no clue what I’m talking about but trust me that the specs on this are wonderful. Better than $60 surge protectors! No kidding.
It also looks nice, I have to say (besides the green light). And, it seems that this is all confirmed to be true by one of the highest Amazon ratings of 4.7. It’s the perfect surge protector so, why did I give it 4 stars instead of 5?
HERE IS THE BUT…
1. The build quality is below average. For example, you have to occasionally force plugs into the outlets. They don’t go in smoothly like other surge protectors and I find it a bit annoying. It also makes me wonder about the build qualities of other things inside the surge protector. For example, is the important MOV inside the device securely attached to its wires? (If it isn’t, it could fry your equipment.) This leads me to my next point.
2. I wish a thorough field test was performed on this product. I know that this is rarely done. Surge protectors are rarely field-tested by an independent 3rd party so I really can’t hold this against AmazonBasics. But, it would make me feel extremely safe to know that the specs that this product claims to have are actually true. The UL certification just isn’t enough in my opinion for surge protectors.
3. Bright Green Light. Some people have complained about the very bright green light that tells you that the surge protection is working. This is THE biggest complaint (forget about whether it actually protects your equipment). I agree it’s bright but I don’t think it’s a big deal. In an office, it won’t matter. If it’s in a bedroom, I would just stick it under the bed then. Problem solved. Even if I did find the green light annoying, I would still buy this surge protector because it’s that much better than anything else out there in this price range. No question. When do you ever really find a product that has awesome specs AND has a great price? It’s a rare find so pick them up fast if you can.
*After some thinking, I docked off 2 stars because I really don’t know if the published specs are true or not. And, given that all of their other competitors have lied their socks off, there is a high probability that they might have also. I simply don’t know. Given that there is so much uncertainty, I have to give it 3 stars until I can get confirmation.
Also, remember this fact when you are looking for the best surge protector! DO NOT RELY ON BRAND REPUTATION. Just because I recommended say for example a Tripp Lite model, that doesn’t mean all Tripp Lite products are good. In fact, that is far from the case that I’ve found during my research. A company might make a really good model but the rest of its products might stink. So, you have to research each individual surge protector to determine if it’s worthy enough to purchase. I know it’s a big pain but that is how it is.
Very well built and plenty of room for all my plugs to fit up against each other. I also found out how to mount it to a wall. Use three 3m double sided pads (the black ones) sold on Amazon. The pads anchors it tightly against the wall. The green leds on the power strip looks pretty cool also. Plus I have a indicator if the power strip got turned off or if it loss power.
Came back and bought another one…I just love that green light.
First, pardon my sloppy cord management. I wanted people to see it in the wild, so to speak.
TheAmazonBasics 8-Outlet Surge Protector, 4,500 Joule, 6-Foot Cord does its job well. This not a fancy surge protector. It’s straight forward, but it does offer good protection with 4,500 Joules. The ground light is bright, as you can see, and gives peace of mind. You know your expensive tech is protected by a glance.
If you need a surge protector that offers more space for the over sized power adapters, AmazonBasics has those too. If that’s not an issue for you, I wouldn’t hesitate on buying this.
Screw mount holes don’t accept common drywall sized screws. No screws came with it. I used a dremel to open up the holes.
The house I live in has a small amount of outlets, so I needed a surge protector that was reliable and offered plenty of outlets and protection. So far, so good. I use it in my home office area and have about 5 things plugged into it, and it’s been great.
Great surge protector. Much better than any of the others that I have. It’s very durable with a long cord and a large number of ports. I will probably buy more of these in the future to replace other older surge protectors that I have.
Protected from surge, minor surge that had the lights get brighter for a few seconds. But working on things that would be devastating if the computer cut off, so definitely appreciate it doing its job.
This also uses a fireproof (circuit, mind my inaccurate terms) but seeing photos of other brands burning holes in floors had me buying amazons.. and so far no holes in floors 🙂
As everyone else says, the lights can be a distraction. I have a glass desk so you definitely know it’s there at night. I’d suggest to amazon to include a plastic attachment to shield the light if the user wanted. Also, a little clamp for cable management could be a nice touch.
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