Top 3 Things to Consider When Buying a Power Strip

 Top 3 Things to Consider When Buying a Power Strip

These days, almost every household has numerous electronic devices that need to be connected to power sources. There are mobile and laptop chargers for all the family members and other devices you might need to connect to the power socket simultaneously. This can become problematic when you have just one or two wall outlets that are insufficient for all your devices. But thanks to power strips, you can easily plug in multiple electronic gadgets simultaneously.

A power strip is an extension board with 6 – 12 outlets that provide multiple charging outlets to power up various electronic devices simultaneously. It is a great device to plug more than two electronics into the same power source; however, not all power strips are the same. There are different types of power strips, each equipped with other special features. Moreover, some power strips also have surge protectors that keep excess electrical energy from drowning through electronics. As such, choosing the right device for your electronics might seem confusing. So, before purchasing a power strip, there are a few things that you need to consider. You’ll find tips for choosing a good power strip among many models in this post.

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What to Look for in a Power Strip

When buying a power strip, you must consider a few things: cable thickness, safety protections, amp rating, inside circuit designs, and other special features. Of all the features, the three most important ones are:

1. Number of Outlets

When looking for a power strip, consider the number of devices you’ll need for the plugin. Usually, power strips have outlets from 3 to 12. It is best to use a device with outlets so you never have to risk daisy-chaining. Buying a power strip with multiple sockets doesn’t mean using them all at once. Ensure you never exceed the amp rating of the strip by plugging in devices in all the sockets. Also, remember that daisy-chaining (plugging an additional strip into an existing one) can lead to fire hazards.

2. Length and Thickness of Cable

Next, you need to consider how far you need it to reach. It’s better to look for power strips with longer cables so that they can get a few feet farther from your wall outlet. A cord of length around 8 feet is preferable for more flexible applications. A longer line means you can place it on the desk, behind the furniture, or anywhere. Moreover, the thickness of the line should also be good enough to allow high pulling tension.

3. Amp Rating

Another important consideration is the electrical rating of the strip. The rating determines the amount of electricity the strip can absorb before it fails. It would help if you were looking for the maximum amp rating to draw an ample amount of electrical current through your power strip. You may go for a 15A rating, commonly found in most devices. However, ensure the total power draw doesn’t exceed your device’s rating.

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