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We all have expensive equipment at home that needs to be plugged into a power socket, whether it's a TV, computer, laptop, smartphone, gaming console, or countless other devices. In the case of spikes or power surges you want to protect your gadgets and the best way to do that is to get yourself a surge protector. With multiple outlets, you can ensure that not only is everything plugged in, but that it'll be protected.

Pivoting Outlets

Belkin 12-outlet Pivot Plug


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This power strip comes with eight pivoting plugs, which means you can adjust plugs accordingly and make use of all sockets. It comes with a 4,320-joule energy rating and an 8-foot heavy-duty power cord. The higher the joules the more of a surge the unit can withstand, and over 4,000 is great for most expensive electronics.

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Individual switches

SuperDanny Power Strip Tower


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The tower design allows this surge protector to sit nicely on a desk or in the corner of the room. It has a retractable cord for a clean look, 10 power outlets, and four USB ports. Each outlet has a switch so you can power off devices individually if required.

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Run of the mill

AmazonBasics 12-outlet


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This is a straightforward, no-frills surge protector from AmazonBasics. You have 12 outlets available with a 4,320-joule energy rating, and LED lights show active surge protection and grounded wiring. There is also a power switch that integrates with a 15-amp overload resettable circuit breaker.

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Well-known brand

APC 12-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip


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APC is one of the best-known brands out there, and for good reason — its surge protectors are among the most reliable in the business. This particular piece comes with 12 outlets intelligently spaced out to allow for large and small AC adapters, along with two USB ports for added convenience.

Spaced out outlets

Holsem 12 outlet Power Plug


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Holsem's offering has 12 outlets — six down the middle and three spaced out either side. It also has three USB charging ports, two of which have Smart IC technology, meaning it auto-detects devices and provides the maximum charge speed for that device. It has a double-break safety switch that will trip off in the event of an overload.

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Smart USB ports

Bestek 8 outlet Surge Protector


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This surge protector withstands a power surge up to 2,000 joules, which is suitable for PCs, TVs, tablets, and smartphones. It also has four USB charging ports with Smart IC technology.

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Wireless charging

GLCON Power Strip Tower


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This is a tower-designed surge protector with the bonus of a wireless charger on top. The wireless charging is case-friendly up to 4mm in thickness and is Qi-compatible, which you can find in most modern, higher-end smartphones. Otherwise, there are 10 outlets and four USB ports.

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Rotating Outlets

ECHOGEAR Power Strip


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This power strip from ECHOGEAR has six rotating outlets to keep bigger power adapters from blocking access to neighboring outlets. There are also cable hooks to keep things neat and tidy. It also has fireproof MOV (Metal Oxide Varistor) technology, minimizing the risk of fire if a power surge hits.

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With USB-C

Aukey Surge Protector


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Plug in as many devices as you want with this Aukey Surge Protector, which has 12 outlets, along with three USB-A and two USB-C ports. Aukey AiPower will provide the safest maximum power to USB-powered devices — up to 2.4A per port. With the USB-C ports, you will get maximum power of 15W at 5V/3A.

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Low-profile and versatile

ECHOGEAR On-Wall Surge Protector


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ECHOGEAR's On-Wall Protector offers four pivoting three-prong AC outlets and two USB ports. Those USB ports charge at 5V/2.4A so you won't get the fastest charging speeds, but the outlet will do the job if you don't have another AC outlet available. You also won't have to worry about having the outlet stick out like a sore thumb thanks to the low-profile design.

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All-in-one

Rosewill Power Strip Surge Protector


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In addition to having four stationary outlets, the Rosewill Power Strip offers eight rotating outlets, with four on each side. But Rosewill doesn't stop there, as there are coaxial connectors and LED indicators to let you know if something isn't right with your power strip. This is one of the more versatile power strips on the market, along with being one of the more reliable options.

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Bare essentials

Philips 6-Outlet Surge Protector Wall Tap with USB Charging Station


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If you just need to expand your wall outlet but want more than just the plug-and-play versions, then Philips has you covered. This six-outlet protector offers a low-profile, along with four USB ports, and an LED indicator light to let you know whether the outlet is properly working. The best part is that there are different combinations of these outlets from Philips to fit your needs.

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Why do I need a surge protector?


As well as making sure you have adequate protection at the point of entry in the home (or office) with a fuse box, it helps to have a middleman in case that fails, which is where the trusty surge protector comes into play. A fuse can be reset or replaced, and so can a surge protector, but your device getting fried and data being lost is something you need to avoid.

These surge protectors can also be accompanied by some additional handy features, such as indicators as to when surge protection is no longer active (usually dictated by an LED light) or halting power flow altogether if a fault is detected. Not all extension leads and hubs include additional protection. On more affordable options, it's down to you to keep checking to see if the protection is still active.

Which towers above the rest?


The
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is great because it's heavy-duty and has eight pivoting plugs (out of a possible 12) that make it easy to plug in almost any appliance. It's a little more expensive than the others, but it's worth it.

For the neat and tidy, the
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is perfect. It can sit pretty on a desk or table or stand up nicely in the corner of a room. With its retractable power cord, you won't have too many untidy cables. Plus it has six USB ports, which is a huge convenience. The ability to be able to switch off individual outlets is also a bonus.

If you want the option to also be able to wirelessly charge devices then the
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power tower is for you. Again, it can look pretty on your desk. The wireless charger is Qi-compatible, it can fast charge iPhone and Samsung devices, though you do need the relevant adapters. If you're looking for a surge protector with the bonus of wireless charging, this is a solid choice.



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