Mighty Anker PowerExtend 12 Strip : Review
Product came in Anker’s Signature White-Blue box
Contents in the box : Anker PowerExtend 12 Strip, Quick User Manual / Overview Guide and Happy Card.
Anker PowerExtend 12 Strip :
The power strip itself has top[ surface of 11 1/2 in x 4 1/2 with 12 AC power sockets, 6 of them in center row with 3 sockets on each side of the center row (total 6).
For power, there is On / Off Switch / Reset Button with Power LED in the switch.
There are 3 LED indicating Grounded Protection (1 led) and Dual Surge Protection (2 leds). When the switch is turned ON, the 2 surge protection and grounded protection LEDs turn Blue and the Power light will turn White.
The surge protection feature is mentioned to protect electronic equipment against voltage fluctuations, surges and spikes . If the 2 surge protection lights are Off, this indicates the surge protection is not functioning normally.
In the event of a power overload, the On/Off switch will cut off the power automatically.
Power trip has 6 ft white / thick gauge reinforced cable.
The cable socket itself is angled construction, 0.8-inch flat plug makes it easier to connect behind the TV / Media cabinet.
Bottom Surface has mounting options, gives option to mount on wall or table. I don’t use the mounting options, and leave it flat surface in the media cabinet.
Some important points, This power strip is only compatible with US voltages, and therefore can not be used in other countries. and the total wattage of connected devices must not exceed 1875W.
Specs per the User Guide:
AC Input: 125V AC 60Hz 10A
AC output: 125V AC 60Hz 15A 1875W
Surge Energy: 4000J
Size: 11 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 1.2 in
Cable Length: 6 ft
Existing TV / Media Cabinet has Cable modem, RPis (3), Wifi Routers, Roku / Fire TV devices, TV, Surround Sound System & home landline (cordless) phones plugged in via 3 separate power strips in a daisy chain method.
PowerExtend 12 gave me an opportunity to get rid of these 3 separate power strips into a single strip, connected to main power.
Even before I un-plugged the device power cables and device adapters, found that the landline cordless phone adapter was burning hot, and had a very faint burning plastic smell, which may be due to heat generated by its cable shorting , may be would have burst out or tripped the power had I not checked into replace power strips with Anker PowerExtend strip.
I wouldn’t have thought to check in this had I not got the power extender… so not directly, but indirectly this testing unit has helped / saved me.
I Need to keep checking these extenders and AC adapters more often now, added some reminders to check it once in 3 months.
PowerExtend 12 saved me from a big trouble (might have been worst) even before I plugged it into the mains, It is a savior for sure. May be I got selected for testing this unit for a reason
Power adapters such as the ones for Streaming, raspberry Pis, these occupy the space and a turning / rotatable socket would have been beneficial, as the these sockets eat up the space / reduces space for other sockets to connect. Due to the adapter sizes, no space available - have not connected other 2 RPis - shifted the location.
Positives for this power strip are immediately eliminates need for 2-3 separate power strip, long cable helps in connecting power mains if it is at a distance from cabinet, has quoted protection (from surge , overload , grounded), spacious power socket layout to allow large / small plugs to be connected.
Scope for improvement would be to have turning / rotatable sockets, which could help power adapters such as the ones for Streaming, save some space to some extent. Happy Card for Support services still lists the Google+ …