The Bestek surge protector is different from the previous surge protectors that we’ve reviewed here because it’s not a whole house surge protector or a type-2 surge protective device.
The Bestek power strip that we’re looking at here is categorized as a type-3 surge protection device. They are used to protect your sensitive electronics at the point of use and they come in different formats. In this case, the Bestek 8-outlet surge protector is in the form of a surge protective power strip.
The Bestek power strip has 8 outlets that are surge protected and comes with a power cord that’s almost 6 foot long.
It also has 4 USB surge protected ports and a built-in EMI noise reduction to protect all your connected equipment.
Bestek Surge Protector Review
The Bestek surge protector strip comes with 8 power outlets and 4 USB charging ports.
The 8 power outlets all have 3 prongs each. 2 of the six power outlets are spaced out so it would be easier for you to plug in those huge power adapters.
The power strip itself is well made and does not have that flimsy feel. You will feel that it’s not made up of some cheap plastic and it actually has some weight to it.
If you want to mount this into your wall, you can do so because when you look at the back, there will be some mounting cutouts.
The 4 USB charging ports will yield a maximum power of 5.2A. If you look at it individually, 2 of the usb ports have 2.4A each, one port will have 1A and one automatic port will give you anywhere from 0 up to 2.4A (depending on what you need).
You will find that the white power strip is very well-built as it has a 12-gauge heavy duty 6 foot cord.
The Bestek 8-outlet surge protector will have the capability to handle whatever you throw at it. You are going to find the usual safety features that a surge protected power strip should have.
There will be a fuse and you will have the ability to shut everything down with a press of a single switch. It’s also integrated with a circuit breaker in each of the outlets so your equipment is protected from any overload that might happen.
With Auto Switching Technology
There’s also another version of this Bestek surge protector power strip and it has an auto switching capability.
This automatic switching feature is what they call smart charging. This is where the power strip will automatically switch on and off depending on whether or not it detects devices using electricity.
The goal behind this technology is of course to save some energy but it doesn’t work well in certain situations. For example, the power strip seems to be having issues in detecting gadgets that are plugged into the usb port because it will not turn on.
Good thing though because you can just turn off the smart charging feature of this surge protector and use it in the normal mode which is always turned on.
Issues with Bestek Surge Protector
Here’s a minor issue that you might probably expect when it comes to the real power given by the usb ports from this power strip.
When the usb ports were tested in real life applications with an ammeter, there were different results. Whether you’re charging your smartphones or your tablets, the ports will only give you just over 1A. Still, the Bestek power strip provided enough power even with all the 4 ports being used, to keep the gadgets charged.
There are also a number of reports that the Bestek power strip has a buzzing sound. Seems like this is a common scenario and this is not going to be an ideal choice if you’re in a really quiet environment like your bedroom or in a quiet office.
Also keep in mind that there’s no indication of how many Joules of protection the Bestek surge protector provides. If you’re really worried about surges because you’re in a particular area then this might be a big concern for you. It’s always best to know how much protection you’re going to get and there are other surge protectors in the market that do indicate the level of Joules protection.
Having a good customer service is a nice added benefit when purchasing a product and there’s evidence that Bestek has a good customer support. One of the reviewers returned the power strip for a refund because of the buzz and Bestek actually gave a refund and a free replacement.
The warranty information is where you really need to have a closer inspection. According to its product page in a popular shopping site, Bestek provides a lifetime warranty and a $5,000,000 connected equipment warranty.
This is actually the first time I’ve seen such a high connected equipment warranty and I’m wondering if this is a typo error. Do surge protector power strips really provide that amount of coverage when it comes to protected equipment?
Hopefully this review helped you in making your decision with the Bestek surge protector. Do you have any experience with the Bestek Surge protector? Please share your comments below.