I bought a white pair the last time they were offered. The blue power light is pretty bright when using them in a dark room. Even if you cover the light with a piece of electric tape, blue light still shines through the USB ports at the top. Otherwise they seem to be good power strips.
These look like a kitchen fire waiting to happen. I’m sure the overall (total) rating for the AC outlets is only 15A, much the same as the outlet you plug it into, so it can probably only take one or two of the larger counter-top appliance thingies.
But if you got a lot of little low-draw things to plug in, could be useful.
@stolicat But wouldn’t that be the same case for any power strip or distribution system you plug into your kitchen? That would not be a unique problem with just this one. You would pop any 15A circuit breaker if you exceed 15A for too long with or without a power strip.
@stolicat As long as you aren’t using all the devices at the same time it’ll be fine, and that’s probably the intended usage. I have my rice cooker & microwave plugged into the same outlet, but I never use them at the same time.
I have to be extra careful about that because all the outlets in the kitchen (except one for the fridge) are on a single circuit. For added fun, the two outlets along the wall shared with the living room are also on that circuit. I learned this the hard way when I had a 1500w heater, toaster & microwave all running while plugged into separate outlets and it popped the breaker. Moved the heater to the living room outlet and… popped the breaker again a few days later.
I have no clue what the person who wired this house was thinking.
Just cause this surge protector has 9 outlets doesn’t actually portray that we the people have 9 lives and can actually test the surge rating on it. Please, children don’t attempt this without the support of both of your parents.
Sounds like a few of us are calling out the same general concerns over the lack of any rating of this as a surge protector. Power strip and surge protector have become somewhat interchangeable in common speech as names, but it’s not really accurate if it doesn’t offer a decent rating (in Joules, and which degrades over time and use)… So, I would consider these, generally, just a power strip.
Similarly, the brand itself doesn’t lend itself to an over abundance of trust in quality. I will admit to having purchased some Aduro equipment in the past, but that doesn’t mean that much of it is very good at all. In fact, I don’t recommend most of it, like this sort of device, which could easily become unsafe. For a simple phone charger, if you feel comfortable in taking one apart, and doing some minor modifications to things like LEDs (which this brands loves to make REALLY bright), or to validate basic construction, it’s less of a danger. But I am not advising this for most folks. And for something like Li-ion battery packs from them? Absolutely not on my list.
Perhaps in the lightest duty scenarios, and for the very wary buyers who will replace these within a reasonable few years, they could be practical. But I would suggest passing on these, and many Aduro electronics.
@werehatrack party sure they just flipped that portion in Photoshop so they could add it to the picture. Not sure why they couldn’t just take a picture with it in use. Guess the marketing dept is afraid of fires.
If you’re using USB ports on power strips, you may be in for an unhappy surprise. They can provide dangerously errant voltage to your $1000+ phone, and often don’t work at all. (Experience with several brands.)
Safety shutdown technology means a fuse that blows when a surge shorts out the voltage-sensing varistor. A lower rating means less surge is required to cause the shutdown. When it quits working, you throw it away. The plug on the back swivels to allow the usb outlets to be up, down, right or left.
I use this in my bedroom for my “hair appliances”. Because of the way it’s laid out, I can plug several more things into it than a regular power strip. It had been very reliable. However, I must admit that there’s never more than two things running at a time off of it. A Roku that’s always on, and one of two dryers or the TV.