If you’re like most corporate workers in the country right now, chances are you’re working at home now. While the office may have provided a laptop, or a few peripherals for you to use – you’re most likely on your own setting up your home work space. And one thing most people forget to consider is the power pull of all of their devices and the importance of protecting them in case there is a power surge.
While you can hop into any store and grab a cheap surge protector, they may not actually give you the protection you need or want. So we were thrilled to check out the Austere VII Series Power Strip, that not only helps provide our machines a steady and consistent power supply but also gives us the flexibility of what type of device we plug in.
Offering 6 different grounded plugs, two USB plugs on the end and three USB-C ports the Austere VII is compatible with all of the devices we use in the home office. It has LED lighting that shows which areas are currently protected and keeps everything powered while looking slick at the same time.
Yes, the design is one of the main reasons we loved the Austere VII, it is sleek and can fit easily with a modern office set up without looking like an eye sore. It can also work well with streamlined gaming set ups. Boasting a consistent power source, it can handle what you throw at it if you want to have a long gaming session and help protect your devices if you do have a power surge. While it’s an investment in your office and more expensive than the plastic (and let’s be real – uglier) ones at the store – the Austere VII Series Power Strip is an investment in your office and protecting the devices you have already invested a lot into.
You can check out the Austere VII Series Power Strip as well as their other options on their website. Giving you the best power conversion and protection for your work or gaming set up.
What Austere VII Series Power Strips can Offer Your Office Set Up
- Smartfit Outlets allow for precise spacing between plugs to provide the necessary room so all sources can fit no matter how big the plug.
- WovenArmor power cable, made with Kevlar couples uncompromising flexibility and strength with the smallest bend radius available to fit in the tightest spaces.
- Flameless MOV for state-of-the-art fire protection.
- Overcurrent Protection includes 15A circuit breaker + LED to defend your equipment from overamping.
- PureFiltration insulates the power signal from external disturbances such as static or noise to deliver video and audio clarity to HDTVs and sound systems.
- Isolated outlet filtration (VII series) isolates each pair of outlets to eliminate cross interference from home theater components.
- Omniport USB fast charging plugs (2 USB-A and 3 USB-C) to give the flexibility to simultaneously power many different technology products.
- 45W USB-C PD port (VII series) that, unlike other power options, can uniquely charge a laptop through a single cable for power and data.
- LED indicators that alert consumers when it is on, grounded and when it has run out of joules and not protecting the products that are plugged in.
TIPS FOR BUYING THE RIGHT SURGE PROTECTOR
Homes in the U.S. experience an average of 24 big electrical surges or spikes a year, which can potentially damage valuable electronics and appliances. While power strips are basically multi-plug extension cords, surge protectors are designed to keep electronic equipment safe from electrical surges or spikes. But they’re not all created equal, so to help you purchase the best surge protector for your needs, Auster has compiled these tips.
- With Joules, High is Good: A surge protector is like a shield that blocks excess, potentially damaging energy spikes from flowing into your gear. This protection is measured in something called Joules. Every time there is a surge joules are used so the higher number of Joules rating means your surge protector can sustain more (or larger) energy spikes.
- Look for the Light: No matter how high the Joules rating, all surge protectors eventually wear out, losing their Joules and potentially leaving your components unprotected. That’s why it’s important to get one with an indicator light that alerts you if your Joules have run out. Depending on where you live, this can take a couple of years or upto 7. Without an indicator light you might not even know your electronics are not protected until it’s too late.
- With Outlets, More Is Better (Most of the time) Really put thought into how many outlets you need. If the outlet is for a home theater or home office, we believe that you should buy more outlets than you think you need. You may add new gear to your home theater or a additional equipment in your office, and the last thing you want is be forced to add on a second surge protector or just a regular power strip to add outlets. That increases the risk of electrical overload and also voids the warranty.
- Leave Space for Larger Plugs: Many components these days utilize what are called “wall warts,” or plugs that convert AC power into DC power. They look like small boxes with electrical prongs sticking out. For this reason, it’s best to get a surge protector with wider spacing between sockets, or sockets that be rotated or moved, to accommodate chunky plugs and ensure an elegant, streamlined look for your system.
- Fire Protection: In addition to absorbing potentially damaging electrical surges and spikes, the best surge protectors also feature fire protection technology, with some incorporating Flameless MOV circuits and thermal-protected outlets to help prevent potential home electrical fires.
- Multiple Charging Ports for Different USB Devices: Many surge protectors feature USB connections for charging your mobile devices. While this is convenient for sure, you should check to see what the output amp rating is. Usually it’s either one or two amps (often labeled 1A or 2A). A two-amp rating will ensure faster charging.