Nobody likes bulky surge protectors. They stick out of walls, refuse to hide behind furniture, and look as ugly as sin. Why not fix your cable management problem with a space-saving surge protector instead?
Before buying a space-saving surge protector
Different situations require different surge protectors. There are many things to keep in mind, such as the number of sockets you need, or the Joule rating you need to ensure safety. The fact that you are looking for a space-saving surge protector does not make things easier, as some flat surge protectors can be quite a niche.
Here are some things you should consider before you buy a surge protector:
- Location: Surge protectors are available in all shapes and sizes. Some are great for hiding behind furniture, while others work best on a countertop. Make sure that the surge protector you buy works in a specific location in your home ̵
- Joule rating: The "Joule rating" of a surge protector determines how much energy it can pick up before it fails. For most applications, you will need overvoltage protection with a rated power of between 200 and 400 joules. In severe situations, of course, higher Joule values are required.
- Sockets and USB Ports: Make sure your surge protector has enough power outlets and USB or USB-C ports (if necessary). All the surge protectors in this article have three-pin outlets, so you do not have to worry about incompatibility and they're hard to stow behind furniture. For your convenience, each power strip included in this article has a space-saving L-shaped plug.
Now that you know what you need from a low-profile surge protector, it's time to get involved. Here are the best space-saving surge protectors for every situation.
For Behind Furniture: GE 3-Outlet Extended Surge Protector
Hidden outlet behind a couch or bookshelf? Skip the typical power strips and consider purchasing GE's 3-Port Enhanced Surge Protector. It's basically a good-looking 8 "extension cable for indoor use (a 15" version is also available) with a tangle-plaited braided cable for recharging.
GE's extended overvoltage protection has a rated output of 250 joules, making it ideal for most indoor applications. With this surge protector, you can easily access your hidden power outlets or add power outlets for the modem and router that are strategically placed behind your couch. (Incidentally, you should not put them back there.)
For Daily Use: Belkin 6-Outlet Surge Protector
The Belkin The 6-surge arrester Sockets is a low-cost, flat power strip. Its L-shaped plug and slim design make it stand out from most surge protectors. The 6-foot cable is long enough to work well in most situations without tangling.
This overvoltage protection has a rated output of 600 joules. It is ideal for light or heavy applications. You can safely use this surge protector behind your desk, in the garage or even as part of your media center.
For Desk Use: APC 6-Outlet USB Desk Power Station
No, this unit is not on your floor like a damn stealing electric horseshoe. It's an APC table-top power plant that you can attach to the side of your desk. Keep it up, it's pretty cool.
The top of the APC (located on top of your desk) has an easy-to-access kill switch, a USB-C port, and two 12-watt USB ports. The bottom (which hides under your desk) has six power outlets, so you can tuck your computer cables neatly or rearrange them in no time.
But how does this device work as a surge protector? Well, it has a 1080 joule rating, so we'd say this is a pretty good surge protector. You can easily use this to safely power your complicated computer setup or the tools in your garage.
The purging option: POWRUI 3-Outlet USB Surge Protector
You know, most people would not need surge protectors if the outlets were more than would have two connections. And this idea is behind the POWRUI surge protection. As a flushing device that adds extra ports to your typical power outlets, it even has four integrated 30-watt USB ports, so you no longer need bulky USB power supplies.
This overvoltage protection has a rated output of more than 1680 joules enough for everyday or hard use. Remember, however, that two outlets are consumed (with only three outlets installed), making it unsuitable for messy computer setups or media centers.
For worktops: GE 5 USB-C surge protector
5-outlet overvoltage protection balances size and usability , It is not a "flush" surge protector, but a space-saving seat on your preinstalled outlet. The slightly triangular design is ideal for connecting devices to a kitchen worktop.
This overvoltage protection has a nominal power of 560 joules and is therefore ideal for powering small kitchen appliances. It also has a 17-watt USB port and a USB-C port, so you do not have to leave USB power supplies in the kitchen.
GE Ultra Pro 5-Socket USB-C Socket Adapter, Power Strip, Surge Protector, 1 Standard USB Port, 1 USB-C Port, Charging Dock, Outlet Socket Outlets, Wall Connection, Total Charge Power 17 W, White, 43650
The 5-outlet surge protector fits your wall and is ideal for powering counter tops without clutter. It has a 560 joule rating, a USB port and even a USB-C port. The proven design of the power strip simply makes no difference. If you need a power strip that snakes between the furniture legs or bends at will by awkward power cords, try Quirky's flexible 6-socket surge protector 672-joule rating. It's a bit strange, but it's the best way to prevent these power bricks and laptop chargers from getting caught in the nest of a giant rat.