A cost-effective way to expand your wall outlets.
I tend to run out of ways to charge my devices quite often. Therefore, I try to find different options for expanding my charging options. I’ve added several different types of power strips in the past, but I would rather have a receptacle that hangs from a wall outlet. It keeps things a little cleaner when it’s not in use. When I decided to add a wall-style surge protector to my office, I sought out a product from AmazonBasics because they have cost-effective well-made devices that work for situations such as this. The AmazonBasics 3-Outlet Surge Protector with 2 USB ports ended up being just what I needed.
This surge protector is designed to keep everyday objects safe while you charge them or provide them with constant power. This wall tap shields devices from power spikes and is a smart choice for smartphones, computers, modems, routers, etc. The surge protector provides 900 joules of surge protection, 3 power outlets, and 2 USB ports. The USB ports provide a combined 5V/3.4A (1.0A and 2.4A) of power delivery for devices. The surge protector has an LED indicator to let the user know when the devices are being protected.
The AmazonBasics 3-Outlet Surge Protector with 2 USB Ports arrived in a very generic package. The box was a simple brown cardboard with a plain black and white sticker stuck to the outside. This is fairly typical of AmazonBasic accessories. When you open the box, you will see the surge protector laying on top of a cutout that keeps the product from rolling around too much in the box. The surge protector comes with a multilingual Welcome Guide. It has some brief instructions and then the FCC regulations, safety guidelines, and warranty information. As far as instructions go, there isn’t anything special about the surge protector’s set-up. You just plug it into the wall, make sure the LED comes on (indicating it’s protected), and then you plug your devices in. Now, even though I’ve mentioned using this as a charging station of sorts, it is a standard surge protector that you can use just for powering devices like a desktop computer and its monitors.
To test out this outlet, I charged three devices simultaneously — a 12-inch iPad Pro, 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro, and a pair of wireless headphones. The MacBook Pro I charged using a standard outlet and the computer’s power adapter. In less than an hour, it gained 15% battery power, which brought it to 100%. The headphones were plugged into the 5V/1A USB port. I wasn’t able to get an accurate battery reading from them when I started charging them but they did charge successfully. The iPad Pro is perhaps the best example of how well this surge protector works for charging. When I started charging it, it was at 39%. After 2 hours, it gained 46% battery life. I had it plugged into the 5V/2.4A USB port. The surge protector did a good job of charging my devices, but I did find that the USB ports got a bit warm after prolonged charging.
This AmazonBasics 3-Outlet Surge Protector is a very cost-effective option for expanding charging options in your home or office. It’s got a nice, smooth design/look to it and it works really well. I love that it only takes up one side of your wall receptacle, which means you can still use the other. I was able to charge several devices without any issues and I could have actually powered more if needed. I think this is a good solution for easy expansion of power options wherever you go.