Bestek Surge Protector Review

BESTEK 8-Outlet Home/Office Surge ProtectorThe 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.

Overview

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.

Customer Service

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.

Warranty

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.

6 thoughts on “Bestek Surge Protector Review

  1. It took less than a minute to find their website: bestekltd.com

    Like you say, there are “a ton of Amazon” reviews for this surge protector. People buy it & plug it in and say it works, but all they are saying is that absent any surges, it’s working. Until they get hit with a surge, we have no idea how well the device works. So you have to approach a ton of reviews carefully. I’d much rather see a website “test” surge suppression devices with the different types of spikes, transients or surges one would see in a typical home & publish the results. Then I can make an informed decision. I can also read the fine print but usually only after I purchase the product. Take a surge protector I bought earlier this year. It had a connected equipment warranty and was rated in an article titled Best Surge Suppressors. After purchasing it I noticed the stated voltages for L-N, N-G, and L-G on the bottom of the unit were different from what was stated for the protector on Amazon. I contacted the manufacture who said that the description on the surge suppressor is wrong and the real voltages were 330V. More research shows others having the same question going back to 2011. Why can’t a manufacture correct the problem in 4 years? Unless the protection really is 400, 500 and 600V. Then reading the fine print on the manufactures website do I learn that the protector will continue to function as an outlet strip when the MOV’s inside fail and the reasoning is that consumers don’t want to be bothered in the middle of a movie with a failed strip. What? Further reading states the manufacturer wants you to replace the strip after a year because they have no way of knowing how long the protector will last.

    After all this I kept thinking there has to be a better way and that is when I stumbled upon another technology called Series Mode. This technology claims true suppression instead of diverting the surge to ground. Search for this term on You Tube and you’ll see lots of demonstrations taking their competitors products and subjecting them to various tests with their competitors product not living up to the hype. More research shows that one guy invented the technology and it turns out his company has the best prices on the product. It may indeed be more expensive but if you consider annual replacements of common surge suppressors that get a “ton of reviews” on Amazon costing from $10-$90 vs. an upfront cost of $140-$200 and the smart choice is the one-time upfront cost for a product that will work as advertised and not need to be replaced each year. Talk about peace of mind.

    • Thanks Dan for sharing Bestek’s website. I’ve already deleted parts of my article about that bit. haha. I’ve actually seen their site but I’ve no idea why I came to the conclusion that it’s not theirs.

      When it comes to the specs of whole house surge protectors, I always double check it with the manufacturer. However, there are times when I still have challenges when looking for information on their units.

      I also got a comment about non-MOV surge protectors being a better solution to traditional MOV units. I see they’re called series mode surge protectors. I saw an article by Rudy Harford discussing about the pros of using this technology. Is he the guy that you’re referring to that invented and patented the technology? I will definitely discuss this technology in future posts.

      Thank you for taking the time to leave your thoughts.

  2. Yes, as I understand it, J Rudy Harford invented Series Mode Surge Suppressors. He was awarded a Patent (4,870,528) on 09/26/1989 for his work, so the technology has been around for a little while. It’s my understanding that he’s followed this up with several additional patents and that he’s licensed the patents to at least one company.

    See:

    zerosurge.com
    brickwall.com (a private label of ZeroSurge made in their factory), and
    surgex.com (now a part of EPS).

    Its my experience that most people consider surge suppression an after thought and will either seek the cheapest solution or whatever the sales staff is able to push onto them at the time of their purchase (computer, Home Theater or TV). It’s only after a real surge takes out much of their equipment do they find out about the small print when it comes to collecting on the Connected Equipment Warranty. Some will opt for a whole house surge suppressor and others may actually seek an alternate technology. Unfortunately there are a few companies out there that claim to use Series Mode technology but at their heart of their system they still use MOV’s (two companies come to mind). They both make a fine looking product (like the Monster HTS 3600 that I once had) but outside of looks, you really want true protection.

    Incidentally the owners manual for the Monster product that I had stated the following:

    WARNING – Storm Precautions
    In the event of a lightning storm, immediately disconnect your Monster PowerCenter from its power source. After you’ve done this, it’s not necessary to disconnect any components that are connected to your Monster PowerCenter.

    So if you’re not at home when there is a lightning storm in your area, you could come home and find your $350+ PowerCenter may have prevented damage to your connected equipment or not. Turns out that if you don’t also protect the coax (cable, OTA antenna or satellite connections) or phone jacks and Monster determines that the surge came in that way, you’re toast.

    My hats off to Monster for creating a beautiful looking piece of equipment, but going forward I trust the products from ZeroSurge, Brickwall and SurgeX (I use all 3). The Monster is now gone.

    I use a whole house surge suppressor (Eaton CHSPT2ULTRA) along with 15 Series Mode Surge Suppressors throughout the house. In many locations I have a UPS plugged into the Series Mode device to protect the UPS and then have backup power for the devices that I wish to be able to operate during brownouts or times when we lose power.

    • I learned that the most ideal protection is installing all 3 types of protection, from type 1 up to type 3. But a more practical and very effective protection can still be achieved with using a whole house SPD and point of use SPDs like power strips. Just like what you have in your setup.

      • Yes, except that I stopped using MOV based SPD’s in the house (point of use) in favor of SERIES MODE devices which react very fast, never wear out (i.e., buy one for life per application) and don’t contaminate GROUND.

      • Whole House Surge Protection helps, but it’s not the only answer. It will stop some 80% of the surges from getting into your home but those which do get through are up to 600-1000 Volts in amplitude, enough to do major damage to some electronics. MOV based surge suppressors don’t actually suppress the surge, they merely divert it elsewhere and in many cases to GROUND – the last place you really want to divert it as GROUND is used by a reference in computers, TV’s and Audio equipment. Plus they wear out over time & manufactures recommend that you replace them every 1-3 years. So that is where SERIES MODE comes in. The surge is actually temporarily stored as energy and released over time or dissipated as heat. Since there are no MOV’s to wear out or be replaced, you buy one for life (per application). It’s more costly up front, but when you factor in yearly replacements you can come out ahead in short order. Here’s the best part, when an MOV fails, it can smoke, explode or start a fire. I had to chuckle today when I saw an advertisement for a Monster (floor model) surge suppressor. They harped on the fact that their MOV is fireproof. Even they will admit that MOV’s can start a fire, but because they encase theirs in ceramic the chance of theirs catching on fire when they fail has been reduced, but you still have to replace it when it fails. Spend a little more money up front and have peace of mind for a lifetime.

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