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Making the Classroom More Powerful

TLP606DMUSB-OTHER03-LThe modern classroom requires creativity, empathy and – above all – lots and lots of electricity. The problem is that few rooms have enough outlets for powering all the tablets, notebooks or screens required. Tripp-Lite can lend a hand with its Protect It TLP606DMUSB power strip that can not only increase the number of outlets six-fold and can keep equipment from being damaged but can be quickly secured on any desk.

At 3.5- by 2.9- by 13.1-inches, the black plastic surge suppressor strip is on a par with other power strips. But, rather than a plain strip of outlets, the TLP606DMUSB has a pair of plastic clamps that can lock it to the end of a desk, tabletop or a shelf.  The unit’s clamp holds the power strip securely in place on a variety of surfaces and eliminates the annoying problem of the power cable pulling the power strip around. The strip extends only about half an inch above the surface, but the outlets can only be mounted vertically and not as an extension of the desk’s surface.

It can not only turn one outlet into six AC plugs but adds a pair of USB charging ports that can each deliver up to 2.1-amps of current to a tablet, phone or rechargeable speaker set.  Instead of a row of outlets, two of the AC outlets are set off from the others with enough room to accommodate a pair of large plug-in AC power adapters. Unlike some other Tripp-Lite products, it lacks Ethernet and coaxial connections, though.

As a surge suppressor, the TLP606DMUSB is no slouch. It has a six-foot long cord, can handle up to a total of 15-amps of current and has a circuit breaker if you go cover the limit. The device filters out electromagnetic and radio-frequency noise, can protect against surges of up to 2,100 joules of energy as well as react to a surge in less than a nanosecond.

TLP606DMUSB-OTHER01-LIn actual use, the TLP606DMUSB not only suppresses surges from the hot to the neutral lines but also between the ground and either the hot or neutral line. There are two LED lights at the end that show that the system is properly grounded and that the equipment is protected from a power surge.

Overall, the $25 surge suppressor is money well spent. It worked well for in a classroom setting for charging an iPad, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and a variety of desktop computers as well as notebook power adapters. The best part of the Tripp-Lite power strip is that it comes with a lifetime warranty as well as $40,000 of insurance against damage to electronic equipment. No other device provides this level of protection for so little.  


Protect It Surge Suppressor

Price: $25

+ Can be clamped onto a shelf or desk

+ 6 AC and 2 USB outlets

+ Two outlets can accommodate large plug-in adapters

+ Protects against powerful surges

+ LED warning lights

+ Lifetime warranty with $40,000 insurance


- Outlets can only be mounted vertically


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