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.
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.
In 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
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
+ 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