Review: EasyAcc Surge Protector with 3 USB Ports

At Charger Harbor, we’ve reviewed quite a lot of Surge Protectors because the Surge Protectors that we’ve reviewed have charging ports. If this is your first time hearing about Surge Protectors with USB Ports then you’re probably weirded out right now, but yes, there are Surge Protectors that have USB ports to charge your devices. They’re a highly useful installment on Surge protectors because you already have the AC Outlets, and the use of USB Ports on the Surge Protector absolve the need of a USB wall charger.

This is an EasyAcc Surge Protector that uses USB ports. It’s quite different than the ones that we’ve reviewed in the past since this has only a few AC Outlets, but let’s what it’s got.

Power

Output Charging:

AC Outlets:

The Surge Protector only uses two AC Outlets and we realize that’s not much. But the purpose of this Surge Protector is for it to be used on your desktop and to power a few devices only.

The Max Power that the AC Outlets are capable of Outputting is 1,500 Watts; so there’s no shortage of power here and you can use whatever devices that you’d like to power with it. It’s just that you’re limited to only two appliances.

USB Charging Ports:

With the AC Outlet part of the Surge Protector being quite limited, the USB port side isn’t.

PowerFul Charging

This is because there are 3 USB charging ports and each of the ports have a charging speed of 5V/2.4A. A charging speed of 2.4A is able to charge most devices their max charging speeds, and it’s with this speed that you can charge most tablets like iPads at their max charging speeds.

Not only is the individual charging speed of the ports really good, but also the Max Output too. The Max Output is 7.2 Amps. This means that you can use the full power of each USB port at the same time because 2.4 x 3 is able to equal 7.2 which is the Max Output of the USB ports.

Not only can you charge an iPad at its max charging speed, but you can charge 3 iPads at their max charging speeds using the 3 USB ports. So when it comes to charging smartphones, this Surge Protector will have no problems. And even though the Surge Protector is low on its powering options, the quality behind them is very good.

Design

Size and Weight:

The size of the Surge Protector block is very small. Since it has a length and width of just 4.7 inches and a thickness of 1.7 inches. The weight of it is 1.2 Pounds. So it’s very small, but still quite heavy.

The length of the power cord is 5 feet long.

Functional Components:

The two AC Outlets are on a single side, and in between them is the power cord. The power cord is built into the Surge Protector so you can’t take it out. On the side is where there’s an On/Off Switch. The Switch is very useful because you don’t have to unplug the Surge Protector when you’re done using it; instead, you can just conveniently turn it off.

On another side is where there’s an On/Off Switch. The Switch is very useful because you don’t have to unplug the Surge Protector when you’re done using it; instead, you can just conveniently turn it off.

On the opposite side of the where the Switch is, there are the 3 USB ports. The 3 ports are aligned vertically next to each other.

Then there are two other features that the Surge Protector has. On the back, there’s an Adjustable stand that you can use to place a smartphone or tablet on. Also, the AC Outlets have an adjustable covering that is great to ensure safety for when you’re not using them.

Build

Structure and Material:

The entire Surge Protector is made of plastic, with an exception of the back being made of rubber. With that said, it’s structurally strong and won’t go breaking apart. Perfect for traveling purposes.

Tech:

On the tech side, this Surge Protector, of course, has Surge Protection and a bunch of other safety technologies to ensure that powering your appliances and charging your devices is smooth as possible. And thankfully, the Surge Protector doesn’t have any heating up issues.

Reliability

It might not have enough AC Outlets that you’d need but if 2 AC Outlets is what you need, then this Surge Protector is a great option. This is because of the USB port side, with each port providing 2.4A fast charging and the Surge Protector as a whole is very small, a perfect size to place on your Desktop.

Summary:

Power:

Two AC Outlets can be enough for some, or too few for some as well. With that said, the main powering comes from USB ports, with there being 3 ports and each one has a charging speed of 2.4A. The best part is that you can use the Max power of each port all the same time.

Design:

It’s basically a block and quite good for traveling. Even though it’s limited on the powering side, the EasyAcc has all the latest design features.

Build:

Nothing bad about the build with it having a solid build and great safety tech.

Reliability:

For some people, two AC Outlets simply won’t be enough, and for some others, two AC Outlets is just enough. With the additional USB ports and powerful charging, this Surge Protector is highly objective but also highly useful too.

Specs of the EasyAcc Surge Protector with 3 USB Ports:

  • Output:

AC Outlets: 1,500 Watts

3 USB Ports:   Each Port: 5V/2.4A      Max Output: 7.2 Amps

  • Input:
  • Quick Charge: No
  • LED Power Indicator: No
  • Size: 4.7 x 4.7 x 1.7 inches
  • Weight: 1.2 Pounds

Conclusion:

Surge Protectors that use USB ports are beginning to usher in a new age of charging electronics. Amending two technologies into one and in this case, it’s working very well. Since everyone has electronics that need charging, why not just put it with another device that we use a lot?

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Review: RAVPower Surge Protector with 3 iSmart USB Ports

If you value charging your devices basically anywhere, then it’s best to look into smarter charging solutions and in this case, we mean Surge Protectors that use USB charging ports. They basically erase the need of having to use a USB wall charger and they almost always make use of fast charging.

This is the RAVPower Surge Protector that uses 8 Outlets and 3 USB charging ports.

Power

Output Charging:

The usual parts of the Surge protector are that it uses 8 3-prong outlets and with that, you’re able to use 1,875 Watts of power. So it’s just your standard Surge protector that’s able to provide power to your appliances. Another way to look at the power is that it has an Output of 125V/15A.

USB Charging Ports:

Each of the charging ports uses RAVPower’s smart charging and so each of them is able to Output 5V/2.4A charging speeds. 2.4 Amps is a Max standard charging and that’s going to result in a device that isn’t compatible with Quick Charge to charge at their max charging speeds (Since none of the charging ports use Quick Charge tech).

The Max Output of the USB charging ports is a total of 4.1A and that’s quite low. You’ll be able to charge one tablet at its max charging speed but not 2 tablets. However charging 3 smartphones at the same time should give a pretty good charging experience. How it’s important to know that you’ll only be able to receive a 2.4A charging speed for only a single device at any one time.

If you’re charging 3 devices at the same time, and the Max output of the USB charging ports is at its max, then each of the charging ports is going to be outputting 5V/1.4A.

Design

Size and Weight:

It has a length of 10.6 inches, a width of 4.5 inches and a thickness of 1 inch. It weighs 1 pound.

So it’s the size that you’d expect a Surge protector to be although it just has a wider width so just make sure that you have enough space for that.

Functional Components:

We really like the design of the RAVPower surge protector because all the AC Outlet sockets are spaced far from each other, far enough that even when you use power bricks the AC Outlets won’t be covered. There’s a switch to turn it ON and OFF so you don’t have to unplug the Surge protector.

There are keyhole slots on the back the Surge Protector so you can mount the PowerStrip onto a wall or a table. Lastly, since this is a Surge Protector, it has a Blue Grounded light that turns on once the Surge protector is in a stable place.

Build

Structure and Material:

It’s a very well made Powerstrip because it’s made of ABS/PC that not only make it resistant to fire but also makes it withstand falls, hits, slide, and bumps.

Tech:

On the tech side, there are safety protections to make sure that the Surge protector doesn’t exceed its powering capabilities. On the AC Outlets side it’s 15A and on the USB side it’s a max Output of 5A; when either of those powering capabilities is over, then the power strip automatically shuts itself off.

Reliability

We think you’re going to find this RAVPowr surge protector very useful to use if you think that you can rely on only 3 USB charging ports. Some people actually want more USB charging ports to use when it comes to charging multiple devices at once and if you want more USB charging ports with a Surge protector then we recommend looking into the Anker’s Surge protector or Aukey’s Surge protector that has 6 USB charging ports with one of them using Quick Charge 3.0 ports.

Summary:

Power:

The powering side on both the AC Outlet and USB side are both really good and provide enough power for either powering your appliances and charging your devices.

Design:

It’s wider than most PowerStrips. There’s a switch to turn it On and OFF and it has a Blue LED light that turns on once the Surge protector is grounded.

Build:

If the Surge protector is outputting too much power than it can handle, then it automatically turns off to prevent any damage.

Reliability:

The highly reliable parts of this Surge protector is that it has 3 USB charging ports but to some that may not be enough and they might have to buy a wall charger anyways. We think that if you won’t have a need of purchasing a wall charger after purchasing this Surge protector then it’s served its purpose of being reliable.

Specs of the RAVPower Surge Protector with 3 iSmart USB Ports:

  • Output:

AC Outlets:     1,875 Watts

USB Charging Ports:     Per Port: 5V/2.4A       Max Output: 4.2A

  • Input:
  • Quick Charge: No
  • LED Power Indicator: Yes
  • Size: 10.6 x 4.5 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 1 Pound

Conclusion:

A new standard of a Surge protector is becoming more prevalent with them featuring USB charging ports and we think that it’s a great innovation that’s much needed since we live in an age when charging our devices is so important.

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Review: AUKEY PowerStrip 43W/8A USB Charger 8 Outlets

Most Powerstrips that have USB charging ports usually have just 4 charging ports and that’s already enough as we’ve seen with Anker’s Powerstrip that has 4 USBc charging ports, as well as Aukey’s Powerstrip that also has 4 USB charging ports. Having charging ports directly on a PowerStrip practically erases the need of using a wall charger because the wall charger is built into the PowerStrip itself. With that said, now that PowerStrip with USB charging ports is becoming normal, there are more advancements that are happening to them.

In this case, it’s this Aukey PowreStrip that has 8 AC Outlets and 6 USB charging ports. That’s basically like having a 6 port wall charger built into the PowerStrip and what’s makes this even better is that one of the USB charging ports has Quick Charge 3.0.

Power

Output Charging:

It’s a powerful and highly capable Powerstrip that is perfect for powering your appliances and charging your devices.

There are 8 3-prong AC Outlets and the Max power that it can provide is 1875 Watts and that’s enough power to lots of appliances at once. Also, the Input of the PowerStrip is AC 100-240V.

USB Charging:

Now let’s get into the more interesting parts of the PowerStrip, which is basically the USB charging ports. There are 6 USB charging ports. Five of the charging ports are Green because they feature Aukey’s AiPower fast charging which basically means that each of the Green ports has an Output power of 5V/2.4A. A charging speed of 2.4 Amps is enough power to charge tablets at their max charging speeds.

You’ll actually be able to charge 3 tablets at the same time at their max charging speed because the Max Output power of the USB charging side is 8 Amps all at once; so charging 3 iPads at once will make the Output only 7.2 Amps. Additionally, a 2.4 Amp charging speed will be able to charge most smartphones at their max charging speed.

If you have a Quick Charge 3.0 compatible smartphone then you can use the Orange Quick Charge 3.0 USB port to charge your smartphones at its max charging speed. The charging speeds that the Quick Charge 3.0 port is capable of are 3.6V-6.5V/3A | 6.5V-9V/2A | 9V-12V/1.5A.

With that said, you’ll only be getting regular charging speed with the Quick Charge 3.0 port if you’re charging a Nexus 5X or 6P because those kinds of smartphones charge the fastest when they’re charging through a USB-C to USB-C connection.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s a large PowerStrip for what it has and it’s heavy as well, not that it matters too much because you probably won’t be traveling with it and if you do want to travel with it then that’s entirely possible too.

It has a length of 11.8 inches, a width of 4.1 inches and a thickness of 1.3 inches. The weight if the PowerStrip is 1.3 Pounds.

Functional Components:

The power cord that it uses is 5 Feet long and it uses a power switch that is perfect and very useful because you don’t have to go through the hassle of unplugging or plugging in the PowerStrip.

At the bottom is where there’s rubber lining that allows the PowerStrip to be elevated from the ground, and it also has Keyhole Mounting Slots that can be useful if you want to mount the PowerStrip onto a wall or under a table.

When you connect the PowerStrip, the “Aukey” logo lights up green and it’s very useful if you want to plug something in the dark.

Build

Structure and Material:

It’s a solid PowerStrip and that goes for every one of its pieces. The power cord is very thick and won’t tear open just because you’re bending it.

Tech:

Aukey states that the PowerStrip makes use of Protection from Over-Current, Overheating and Over-Charging; however, we don’t see any certification on the PowerStripp itself and we find that to be a worrisome thing.

Reliability

We highly recommend getting this PowerStrip if you’ve had it with plugging in a USB wall charger into PowerStrips and having an AC Outlet wasted or having the USB wall charger that you’ve plugged in block another AC Outlet.

Gone are the days when we have to deal with separate components and now this new age of electronics is ushering in a way to mend both powering products into one; because powerstrip basically has a 6 Port USB wall charger built right into it. Not only that, the USB charging ports are very powerful and there’s even one port to charge your Quick Charge devices at their max charging speeds. This is not a common product and this is something that many people should know about.

Summary:

Power:

There’s no shortage of power when it comes to the power of this AC Outlet because it has 8 AC Outlets and 6 USB charging ports that have a Max Output of 8 Amps all at once.

Design:

It’s large and heavy but there are plenty of convenience factors that it uses. With its power switch, keyhole mounting slots, the rubber lining at the bottom and the 5-foot power cord. We also really like that the Aukey logo lights up.

Build:

It’s a strongly built PowerStrip, but the lack of certifications can be questionable just how reliable it is in the long-term.

Reliability:

For your appliances and charging needs, this does both of those things very well.

Specs of the AUKEY PowerStrip 43W/8A USB Charger 8 Outlets:

  • Output:     AiPower (Green Ports): 5V/2.4A    Quick Charge 3.0 Port: 3.6V-6.5V/3A 6.5V-9V/2A 9V-12V/1.5A

Max Output: 8 Amps

  • Input: AC 100-240V
  • Quick Charge: Yes
  • LED Power Indicator: Yes
  • Size: 11.8 x 4.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Weight: 1.3 Pounds

Conclusion:

This PowerStrip is able to implement charging ports and that makes the use of separate wall chargers highly unnecessary. Not only that, the implementation of special charging technology like Quick Charge 3.0 takes it even further and pinpoints power to those that can take advantage of it. That’s why we think PowerStrips like this Aukey one are the future for powering and charging.

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Review: Aukey PowerStrip with 4 USB Charging Ports

PowerStrips are known to just have AC Outlets and provide power to our appliances. Usually one of the outlets that we do use on our Powerstrip is used by a wall charger so we can charge multiple devices at the same time. However, that can sometimes use up an Outlet slot that can otherwise be used for other means such as powering a certain appliance that you have.

This can all change due to many PowerStrips making use of USB charging ports. Take for example this Aukey Powerstrip that not only has 4 AC Outlets but also 4 USB charging ports.

Power

Output Charging:

The PowerStrip has 4 3-prong AC Outlets and the powering capabilities of the AC portion are 1250 Watts of power and that’s enough to power most of the appliances that you use every day. Also, just to note, that the power limit in terms of Amps is 10 Amps all at once on the AC Outlet side.

USB Charging:

Additionally, the main reason that you should get this Aukey Powerstrip is because it has 4 AiPower charging ports and each of the ports have a 5V/2.4A max charging rate. So each of the charging ports is able to charge an iPad at its max charging speed, and they will also do a great job at charging most smartphones at their max charging speeds too.

We say “Some smartphones” will charge at their max charging speed because none of the USB charging ports uses Quick Charge and so your Quick Charge compatible smartphones will not be able to charge as fast as possible.

Also, the Max Output of power on the USB side is 4 Amps all at once and we found that to be a little underpowered because in comparison to Anker’s Powerstrip that also has 4 USB charging ports, the max Output of it is 6 Amps all at once. So if you’re using the full power of USB ports and you’re using 4 charging ports at the same time, then the Output power of each port will be 1 Amp each.

We do like that the Powerstrip has USB charging ports and that each of them is able to output 5V/2.4A but what we don’t like is that charging can become slow when you add on too many devices because there’s not enough max power to go around.

Design

Size and Weight:

Very similar to other regular power strips.

It has a length of 12.8 inches, a width of 2.5 inches and a thickness of 2.4 inches. The weight of the PowerStrip isn’t even a pound because it weighs 12.8 ounces.

Functional Components:

Not too much going on here, but let’s go over what it does have.

The PowerStrip makes use of a switch that can turn it off and on, which makes it very useful when you don’t want to unplug the PowerStrip entirely. At the bottom of the PowerStrip is where there are mounting ports that allow you to place the PowerStrip on walls or the underside of a table.

The power cord that it uses it 5 feet long and it’s a 3-prong AC adapter so just make sure that your house has 3-prong AC Outlets so you can actually use the PowerStrip.

Build

Structure and Material:

The strip is very durable, we think that it can take falls, bumps and have things fall into it and it won’t be damaged.

Tech:

On the tech side, Aukey has implemented a Multi-Safe Protection system that is able to control excessive Currents, Overheating and Over-Charging too. Also, yes, it does use a Surge Protector too and cuts its power when it overloads.

Reliability

We realize that the use of USB charging ports basically puts this PowerStrip into a better position than a PowerStrip that doesn’t have built-in USB charging ports. With that said, the Max Output power of the USB charging port section on the PowerStrip isn’t that great. Sure, each of the charging ports is able to Output 2.4 Amps each, but that doesn’t mean much when you can’t even use 2 charging ports at an output of 2.4A because the Max power is capped at 4 Amps.

So if you’re going to purchase the PowerStrip just be aware of the capabilities and limits that USB charging provides.

Summary:

Power:

AC Outlets are powerful, and we’re really glad that the PowerStrip uses USB charging ports but the max Output should be higher than just 4 Amps.

Design:

It has the same size as most normal PowerStrips and we found that it doesn’t even weigh that heavy. It makes use of a switch to turn it off and on that can be very useful to use; it uses mounting bolts at the bottom to place it wherever you’d like.

Build:

It’s a very strong strip and that can be said for both the physical and technical build quality.

Reliability:

Even though it does have 4 USB charging ports and basically erases the need for using a separate wall charger, the max power of the USB section simply isn’t that powerful.

Specs of the Aukey PowerStrip with 4 USB Charging Ports:

  • Output:     Possible Per Port – 5V/2.4A       Max Output – 4A
  • Input:
  • Quick Charge: No
  • LED Power Indicator: No
  • Size: 12.8 x 2.5 x 2.4 inches
  • Weight: 12.8 ounces

Conclusion:

PowerStrips that has USB charging ports are no doubt becoming more popular because it’s very convenient to have charge ports that are directly on the device that you already use so much. This Aukey Powerstrip accomplishes just that, and we realize that we may be asking a lot of it but the USB charging could have a better Max output to make that point of the powering more useful.

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Review: Anker 6 Outlet 4 USB Port PowerStrip

Powerstrips are mainly meant to be used with devices that need to be powered. They’re perfect for the many devices that we use in our daily life like Laptops chargers, TVs, or Lamps. Also, they extend usage because there’s a lot of AC outlets that are on power strips and as a result, that means a lot more can be done with it. Since you can place powerstrips in nearly any part of your house, that means you can conveniently have power wherever you are.

In this case, this Anker PowerStrip goes a bit further because it not only is a PowerStrip with 6 3-Prong AC Outlets, but it also has 4 USB Output charging ports that can be used to charge your USB charging devices.

Power

Output Charging:

AC Outlets:

The Powerstrip features the usual 3-Prong AC Outlets, and the Output power of the AC portion is 1,875 Watts. Nothing new if you’re familiar with what a powerstrip has to offer and you’ll be able to power all your AC adapter devices quite perfectly.

Also, even though this Powerstrip does have 4 USB charging ports, which we’ll be getting to, it’s funny that you can add a wall charger to the power strip and end up making the Powerstrip a very large USB wall charger with many charging ports.

USB Charging:

At the bottom of the Powerstrip is where there are 4 USB charging ports and each of the USB charging ports features Anker’s PowerIQ technology; which basically means that they’ll be able to Output 5V/2.4A.

2.4 Amps is a Max Standard charging speed and makes it so you can charge almost any device at its max charging speed. However, you can’t charge devices that are compatible with Quick Charge at their max charging speed because none of the USB ports feature Quick Charge.

With that said, there’s still a lot of power to be had with the USB charging ports since altogether they’re capable of an Output of 6 Amps all at once. This means that you can charge 2 iPads at the same time and both of them will be charging at their max charging speeds. If you’re pushing the USB charging portion of the Anker Powerstrip to its limits then each of the 4 charging ports will have an Output of 5V/1.5A because that way, a Max Output of 6 Amps will still be reached.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s a regularly sized Powerstrip and if you’ve used Powerstrips in the past, then you should be prepared to make some space in the area that you intend to use the Powerstrip.

The Anker Powerstrip has a length of 12.8 inches, a width of 2.1 inches, and a thickness of 1.1 inches. The weight is 1.4 pounds.

Functional Components:

Even though it’s the size of a regular Powerstrip, we think that the AC Outlets are too close together and that can make it difficult to plug-in many differently shaped sized plugs and this is very true for when you’re using Power Bricks that can block parts of other outlets on the strip.

The PowerStrip has an ON/OFF switch that is perfect for when you don’t want any power drawn to your devices when you’re not using them at all and makes it a lot more convenient than unplugging the PowerStrip. The power cord that it uses is 5.5 feet long and it’s a 3-Prong AC Adapter. Also, the Power cord has a velcro tie that you can use for keep storage organized or if you’re not using the majority of the power cord, then you can use the Velcro to conceal the power cord more.

Build

Structure and Material:

It’s a solidly built power cord that feels like it can last for years to come. By that we mean it can fall, slide and be hit and it’ll still be able to function properly.

Tech:

Anker has made sure that they implemented their Powerstrip with the necessary safety tech like Surge Protection, a Short-Circuit Breaker and Fire-resistant cable that are all able to keep you and your devices safe during charging. Although, the powerstrip does not have a UL certification and that can be worrisome to a few users.

Reliability

It’s a simple Powerstrip but the usage of 4 USB charging ports is what takes it out of that “Simple” phase since it can charge 4 USB charging devices at the same time and each of the charging ports are capable of providing PowerIQ charging. All the other aspects of the Powerstrip are pretty normal and what you’d expect with any other one.

Summary:

Power:

6 AC Outlets are able to provide lots of power to your appliances and device. The use of 4 USB charging port is awesome.

Design:

The same size as most Powerstrips. However, the AC Outlets are quite close together and that can make it difficult to use all of them if you’re using different sized plugs. You can turn off the power to the strip by using the switch on it.

Build:

It’s really well built by providing a strong physical build and a safe powering environment.

Reliability:

It’s very reliable for using your AC powering needs, as well as USB charging needs. That can’t be said about too many other Powerstrips.

Specs of the Anker PowerPort Strip:

  • Output:     Possible Per Port – 5V/2.4A       Max Output – 6A
  • Input:
  • Quick Charge: No
  • LED Power Indicator: Yes
  • Size: 12.8 x 2.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight: 1.4 ounces

Conclusion:

The Anker Powerstrip goes beyond just regular use. You can charge your USB charging device with it like your smartphone and tablets; so that means you don’t have to use a USB wall charger on the Powerstrip and waste an AC Outlet. There is more space, more power and great build quality going on here that you should not miss out on.

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