@cengland0 I don't know, something about there not being a continuous metal strip and the metal would have to be in pieces for it to expand. I don't know. I don't really understand anything about how any of it works.
@PurplePawprints I think it depends on what you are plugging into it! If you are plugging in, say, a microwave oven, a hair dryer, a toaster and an air conditioner, it would be a huge issue. However, if, like me, you are plugging in several charging adapters and a bulky cord to an LED desk light, this will work quite safely! Go for it!
@PurplePawprints I would think they would use a flexible wire between each of the outlets and not solid core wire or metal. Same concept on how you can keep flexing the cord that goes into your wall safely.
I was just thinking that I needed a few more surge protectors. That almost never happens with Meh items. With the long cords and the transformer space, they solved the top two complaints I have with these things. In for three. condemned-pervasive-harbor
@Collin1000 Looks like this was offered on woot once before and a representative responded to several posts stating that it does come with a lifetime warranty if you register your product. http://electronics.woot.com/forums/viewpost.aspx?postid=5332876 In one post, the customer said that it stopped working after a storm and the representative said that it reached it's end of life in that case.
OK... slightly different, not the same old ** that is for sale every few weeks, even technology related somewhat... but maybe back in the nineties when they were more expensive and not dime a dozen like these days.
It's over 2,000 joules but it is on the lower end. Amazon sells 4,000 joule units for a few bucks more. I also have no idea how to measure joules and if that is a marketing gimmick more than real science.
None of the reviews mention anything about it working or failing in a power surge, so for $10 YMMV. But if you just need more outlets.... like most people... this is a great buy! And I was indeed in for one. :)
@Collin1000 I don't think that's how it works. The joules rating is how much energy the MOV can absorb in the event of a surge -- not how much energy your products plugged into it requires. So if you have a small spike coming into your house, even a 200 joule surge protector will give you basic protection. If you want to protect against a direct lightning strike, you will need a good insurance policy.
@cengland0 Different power strips come with different levels of "connected equipment warranty". A power strip sold with a warranty that will cover replacing an expensive TV, tends to have a few more MOVs. On digikey, a single 400 joules MOV costs less than 60 cents, when bought in quantities of a thousand or more. A power strip would need three, so the big MOVs add less than $2 to the parts cost.
@Collin1000 I had a lightning strike hit my utility pole on my property once and it came in the cable TV wire, it went in the coax and came out the HDMI ruining the DVR cable box, not to mention it ruined the HDMI switch, the blu-ray player, the DVD-R/VCR, the 50" Panasonic plasma tuner board (had to replace myself), the cable modem, and the network card in my desktop. Also the power supply in the desktop fried. Everything was plugged into standard surge protectors not that it mattered. Look when you are talking millions of volts, anything is a conductor, otherwise when it comes to power company fluctuations, anything with a varistor should work about the same. Think of this as a power strip, not a technology protection device. Also, don't use power strips with generators, they burst into flames...
@DeuceSevin something about power fluctuations. I'm just pasting the top google link here. http://www.davesieg.com/?p=226 All I know is some dude in my area burned his house down this way during a power outage. It made the news because his dog barked to wake him up due to the smoke and he and his wife got out, but they didn't save the dog.
@mehdaf Did you see this comment: "It might have been good to mention that the latest UL 1449 surge suppressor rating addresses the risk of fire by requiring resistance to sustained over-voltage, or a thermal cutoff meant to prevent the MOVs from igniting." This doesn't mean that a generator is the cause of overvoltages. A good Honda generator produces a nice consistent sine wave output but if you have a crappy generator, it could probably destroy your electronics if you didn't have a MOV.
@cengland0 I think the key there is a "good" generator, and a "good" surge protector don't have this problem. However there are plenty of both out there that would have an issue, and most people aren't aware. I just thought I would mention it since I have encountered two people first hand that have had fires as a result of surge protectors being plugged into a generator. YMMV
Man, I was saving my first meh purchase for my birthday; crossing my fingers for a useful/cheap combo but, buying none the less. Being sold out on a Sunday was not factored in. I blame @narfcake. I guess I'll wait another year.
last night i was drinking evan williams and 7up. i woke up this morning and thought... what was on Meh and did i buy one? It was a powerstrip and yes, yes i did buy one.
then I read the talkies about it and felt kinda bad cuz i don't really want another powerstrip and there are folks that do want one. i know this because of the tears, all of the sad tears from the posts above.
I don't understand how today's total is $6,188. At $10 each and $5 shipping for non-VMPs, isn't the total supposed to be a multiple of 5 or 0? How does the 8 figure in? Unless taxes are included for TX?