Needing to plug in your new gadget and not finding a free outlet is the adult equivalent of opening up a shiny new toy on Christmas day and realizing you don’t have the batteries necessary to play with it. There may be tears, there will be frustration, and your next move will be to go online and order a power strip immediately. We suggest ordering one now and saving your sobs for more important matters.
Power strips are a must-have item for home and work for several reasons. Power strips offer additional outlets by plugging into the wall and providing four to 12 extra outlets that can be used for anything from charging your phone to powering all the devices in your entertainment system.
The most obvious reason to use a power strip is for the extra outlets, with power strips offering the ability to consolidate all your gadgets and cords into one space to provide functionality. For example, powering your lamp, printer, monitor, computer, phone, and tablet all from one outlet in your home office. But power strips also offer protection in addition to functionality. All the power strips we’ve included on our list have surge protectors, which can help protect your gadgets, devices and some small appliances if there is an outage or power surge. Spending a few dollars on a power strip is a much better use of funds than spending hundreds of dollars to replace your cell phone that has just caught fire.
We never like to generalize, but in this case, we feel confident in saying that everyone (really, everyone!) needs a power strip. Check out our favorites below.
1. GE 6 Outlet Surge Protector
GE is one of the most trusted companies in the world in a variety of fields, which means that you can depend on them to power your household electronics. This power strip surge protector has six outlets and an extra-long 10-foot cord. The wall plug has a flat design, making it easy to plug in in tight spaces like behind furniture. Each outlet can be twisted to close it, adding an extra safety feature for any outlet that’s not in use.
Pros: Twist-to-close outlet design for added safety, long 10-foot cord, flat plug for easily plugging in. Available in black or white.
Cons: The blue light on the power switch is very bright, and may be a nuisance if the power strip is used in the bedroom.
2. AmazonBasics 6-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip
AmazonBasics offers an affordable option for anyone who needs extra outlets in multiple locations to power small electronics and appliances like smartphones, laptops and lamps. Get two power strips for with the AmazonBasics six-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip, with each strip including a two-foot power cord. Users will be able to confirm their surge protector is working thanks to the bright LED indicator light that shows the 15-amp circuit breaker is working.
Pros: Each power strip has six outlets, with 200-Joules of power and a basic surge protection rating that covers phones, lamps and small appliances.
Cons: When using oversized adapters, not all six outlets can be accessed. The AmazonBasics also offers less surge protection than other power strips and has the shortest cord on our list.
3. GE Designer Extension Cord With Surge Protection
If you take your decor choices seriously, then you may not want a bulky and ugly power strip. This extension cord from GE comes in white, black or gray, and it features a braided cord. The braided cord has a heathered design that makes it more aesthetically pleasing than traditional power cords. The unit has three outlets and an eight-foot cord, and other lengths and outlet quantities are available from this listing.
Pros: Stylish braided cord, surge protected, available in three different colors and a variety of cord lengths and outlet quantities. Flat plug won’t take up too much space.
Cons: No on/off switch or LED indicator.
4. BESTEK 8-Outlet Surge Protector
If you need to charge devices for a large group, the BESTEK eight-Outlet Surge Protector has a port for everyone. Not only does the power base come with eight outlets that are built with 1,500 joules of surge protection, the BESTEK also has six USB intelligent charging ports. The BESTEK is able to detect each device and deliver the fastest maximum charge available up to 2.4A per port. The BESTEK also includes two independent switches that help to save energy. Measuring just under six inches tall with a six-foot cord, the BESTEK is easy to place just about anywhere. We also like that it comes with a built-in safety door to protect fingers.
Pros: The BESTEK has no shortage of options for wired charging, but it also stands out from the crowd thanks to its wireless charging base on the top of the unit. The wireless platform works with all Qi-Enabled devices, offering a quick, wireless charge that still features safety features like over-current, over-voltage and over-temperature protection.
Cons: The BESTEK comes with a big price tag.
5. APC 11-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip
Power strips are a convenient way to plug in multiple devices and appliances at once and ensure they’re protected from power outages, but the one drawback is that they’re often bulky and an eyesore. That’s why we like the APC 11-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip, which is designed with a space-saving 90-degree angle for its fix-foot power cord, meaning no more large cords forcing your power strip to stick out from behind a desk.
Pros: The APC features a 2,630 Joules surge-protection energy rating and comes with eight outlets and two USB ports.
Cons: The APC only includes two USB ports, few than other power strips on our list.
6. Belkin 12-Outlet Power Strip Surge Protector
If you’ve got big adapters and cannot lie, this is the power strip for you. The Belkin 12-Outlet Pivot-Plug Power Strip Surge Protector has all the benefits of the first Belkin on our list, with the added bonus of eight of the outlets pivoting outwards, making it easier to fit multiple oversized adapters on the power strip at once. Designed for users with several oversized adapters, the Belkin 12-Outlet Pivot-Plug Power Strip Surge Protector has outlets that pivot outwards to allow for larger adapters.
Pros: Like the first Belkin, this power strip also has an eight-foot cable and a space-saving design.
Cons: If you have too many large adapters, this option might not cut it.
7. AHRISE Extension Cord
The AHRISE power strip is a good option for any workstation or home office setup. Its square shape is less obtrusive than a long power strip, without sacrificing functionality. There are six outlets, an on/off switch, and four USB ports for charging your phones and other devices. The AC outlets are widely spaced to plug in multiple devices.
Pros: Good option for travel, includes six outlets and four USB ports.
Cons: This power strip is not a surge protector.
8. Opentron Metal Surge Protector Power Strip Extension
If you’re looking for an option for your workbench or computer desk, then this metal power strip is a good option. It has 12, widely spaced outlets, making it easy to plug in awkwardly shaped plugs. The entire unit is four feet long and has a six feet long power cable. Hardware is included for mounting the unit. There’s a built-in surge protector and circuit breaker for safety.
Pros: Extra-long option for mounting to desks or walls. Widely spaced outlets. 12 outlets total.
Cons: Could be more durable.