Smart Surge Protectors
With all the gadgets and devices we own today, we want to make sure we protect them from any surges or spikes that may occur. Electronic devices can be expensive to replace, so why not purchase a middleman to absorb any extra charge that may pass through the circuit? You can get a standard surge protector, but if you want to get something that’s connected, too, so it can be part of your overall smart home, we’ve rounded up a bunch of the best smart surge protectors that offer more than just surge protection.
This surge protector from APC has six outlets in total. Three of them have smart capability meaning any devices plugged into those outlets can be controlled via the APC Home app or by voice through Amazon Echo. There are also 4 USB ports, two of which are smart ports that you can manage through the app.
- $35 at Amazon
- $35 at Staples
This adapter is smart in a different way from the others: Its USB ports feature smart IC technology that can detect what’s plugged into them and maximize the charging speed accordingly. Designed with a flat plug so it can easily fit under or behind furniture, you get five outlets plus two Type-C USB ports, along with a 3.3-foot extension cord, preventing clutter. It’s ideal to use at home or pop into your carry-on to use in a hotel room as well.
$28 at Amazon
The design of this surge protector means it’s ideal for wall mounting. It has four smart outlets, one of which is ‘always on.’ The other three outlets can be individually controlled through the KMC Smart app. Those same three outlets each have an LED so you can see at a glance if the outlet is on or not.
$13 at Amazon
Finished in sleek back, this surge protector works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for voice control, as well as an app for remote control. It has four smart outlets, four always-on outlets, and four USB ports for connecting a multitude of devices from one wall outlet. Plus, the 6-foot extension cord is appreciated for seamless placement just about anywhere.
$28 at Amazon
Who needs a smart hub when you have a smart surge protector? Geeni’s Protector works with Alexa and Google Assistant and doesn’t require you to use a hub to get it up and running. All you need is the standard 2.4GHz Wi-Fi that’s already in your home and the Geeni app on your smartphone or tablet.
- $27 at Amazon
- $27 at Best Buy
A lot of surge protectors are bulky and take up too much space to travel with them. That’s not a problem with the Gosund Smart Power Strip, as this surge protector was designed with travel in mind. This works with either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, and sports three standard outlets and three USB-A ports.
$20 at Amazon
What’s the fun in having a smart home if you can’t help make your outdoor accessories smart too? POWRUI takes care of that with its Outdoor Smart Surge Protector, which offers IP44 water-resistance, and is made with ABS fireproof material and a splash-proof design to withstand the elements. Instead of being limited by the power cables to the surge protector, the POWRUI’s four outlets are separated, allowing you more mobility.
- $32 at Amazon
- $30 at Newegg
Nooie’s WiFi Surge Protector is sleek and compact enough to put anywhere in the home. Plus, with the mounting holes on the back, you can place it anywhere to keep your cables nice and tidy. Then, with the help of the Nooie app and Alexa or Google Assistant, you will have complete control over your various connected devices.
$43 at Amazon
While the VOCOlinc Power Strip has all of the smart features you could want, the biggest benefit of this over others is how much space there is between the outlets. One thing to keep in mind is that you can only use this Strip with a 2.4GHz network for controlling it and updating the firmware. Nonetheless, the VOCOlinc strip works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and even Apple HomeKit.
- $42 at Amazon
- $49 at Walmart
With the LINGANZH Surge Protector, you’ll get Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support, and you can set schedules and timers with the necessary app. You can also use the app to set up “Device Sharing,” giving access to anyone in your home to use and control the different outlets.
$23 at Amazon
In the event that you don’t want to deal with a power strip but still want smarts and surge protection, you can’t go wrong with the Maxcio WiFi Smart Plug. It’s compact enough that your wall outlet won’t be taken over, and there’s even a dedicated power button on the side if you want to leave it plugged in but turned off. It works with Alexa, Google Home, and IFTTT, can be controlled remotely from an app, be set on a timer or schedule, and doesn’t require a hub.
$9 at Amazon
Which one comes out on top?
For a reasonable price, the TP-LINK WiFi Smart Power Strip is a top choice when it comes to the best smart surge protectors. It has Wi-Fi allowing you to connect to it via the Kasa Smart app. With the app, you can schedule times to switch outlets off or on. You get six outlets and three USB ports, which is a healthy amount of sockets to plug your devices into. It’s perfect for the living room or office. There’s voice control with it being compatible with Amazon Echo and Google Home.
If you want to protect your gadgets around your home, then the Maxcio WiFi Smart Plug is perfect. It is a single plug that gives you surge protection as well as smart controls. With the free app, you can set a timer on outlets or schedule on/off times for each socket.
And while it’s not smart in the same way as the rest of the surge protectors on this list, with no WiFi connectivity, the POWERADD Travel Power Strip is a great option for its clever design, retractable cord, and ability to connect a total of seven devices, including five via AC plug and two USB, via a single wall outlet. Its smarts might only be in terms of detecting what you plug in and maximizing charging speed, but for some, that’s all you need. And the super-cool design alone makes it worth buying.
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