How To Choose The Right Power Strip For Your Device

A typical home is loaded with electronics, which play a significant part of our lives, but they also cost us money in terms of energy consumption. Among the reasons for such cost is a lot of these products are not turned off when not in used, instead they are on standby mode, which still use power. To help solve this problem, Jaycox Industries advises that a APS or advanced power strip can be used.

First, just what is a power strip? It’s a block of electrical outlets that dispenses AC power to devices like appliances, lighting, audio/video equipment, computers, and power tools.

Advanced power strips are normally used in homes, offices, data centers, industrial environments, and server rooms where the distribution of power to a number of electrical devices is important.

Before buying one, consider the following:

Number of outlets – The number of outlets you need is vital before deciding to buy an APS. Go for an APS with the same number or more outlets to the number of devices you’re planning to plug.

Length of strip – Know the length of APS you need to serve your electronic devices and ensure that it is compatible with your requirements.

Device type – Specific APS is great for home and office devices while there are particularly designed to manage the power of entertainment electronics with infrared sensors or the capability to turn off outlets if the sensor has not identified infrared signals, such as those of satellite cable and TV remotes.

Outlet type – After knowing the kind of devices you will be using, consider these types of outlet you will use:

  • Always on – Every APS has outlets are constantly turned on. Devices that may require being always on are Wi-Fi router and digital video recorder (DVR) cable box.
  • Master-current sensing outlet – This outlet type utilizes current sensing, or in certain cases, infrared sensing, to detect when there was no activity for a particular span of time and will automatically turn that device off. This outlet type is great for computers, surround sound, and TVs.
  • Controlled outlet – This outlet type is controlled by a master-current sensing outlet. Whenever the master-current sensing outlet turns off, it will automatically turn off the power to the controlled outlets. These outlets are great for printers, game consoles, and speakers.

Surge protection – Make sure to check the energy absorption rating of the APS. This rating will tell you the amount of energy it can absorb before failing. The higher the absorption rating, the greater the protection.

Savings category – How much energy and money do you want to save? Ensure to know the saving capacity of your new APS and assess if it meets your needs.

  • Tier 1 APS reduces power to devices that are turned off but still plugged.
  • Tier 2 APS reduces power to devices that are either idle or turned off. For instance, if you fell asleep while watching TV, the device will cut power to your TV after specific hours of inactivity.

Thanks to Jaycox Industries and their team of electricians in Victoria BC for these tips on which power strip to choose.