TRIPP LITE SWIVEL6 6 SWIVEL OUTLET SURGE PROTECTOR
Jun 10, 2012
Review by Dr.P
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:This surge protector offers good protection for a good price.
Cons:It can not be secured to the wall.
The Bottom Line: This surge protector offers a good level of protection for a reasonable price, and represents a good value for the money.
TRIPP LITE SWIVEL6 6 SWIVEL OUTLET SURGE PROTECTOR
Recommend this product?
If you have any expensive electronic equipment, such as computers and related peripherals, that you want to protect from electrical surges and voltage fluctuations, it makes a lot of sense to plug all of these electrical gadgets into a good surge protector. A relatively inexpensive and fairly good quality surge protector that is designed to protect some types of your home office equipment and other electric gadgets, and which sells for a reasonable price is the Tripp Lite Swivel6 6 Swivel Outlet Surge Protector, Model DHSWIVEL6. Read on and see if this Tripp Lite Surge Protector might have some of the qualities that you would be looking for in a surge protector to safeguard your personal electronic devices.
In making any purchase, it is always wise to make sure that one is getting the most for their money. Bearing this in mind this particular Tripp Lite surge protector offers a lot of bang for your buck. This surge protector has some very nice features, but it also has some limitations which I will discuss. However, since price is always an important consideration in making any decision to purchase a product, I think that would be a good place to start. The Tripp Lite Swivel6 Surge Protector has a list price of $21.20, but it can readily be found selling at a discount for as little as $10.99 from some of the better national electronics retailers and Internet dealers. It is important to bear in mind that a really good surge protector can cost in the hundreds of dollars, so keep this in mind when you are making your purchase decision. Remember in this world, you usually get what you pay for, and for this price you can not expect to get a top quality surge protector. On another note, before placing an order to purchase this device from an online retailer, make sure to check on shipping and handling fees, as these hidden costs can eat away at your discount.
I was introduced to this particular Tripp Lite Surge Protector when my son purchased it at a local flea market. His intention was to use it to plug in some of his video game equipment and his computer and related peripherals in his dorm at school. The Tripp Lite Swivil6 Surge Protector has a number of good features, but there are certain aspects to it that I do not like. Firstly, this surge protector can plug directly into a wall outlet without the use of a long wire to connect it. This is both good and bad. The good is that it saves space and there are no extra bulky wires to deal with. The bad is that when you plug it into a typical two outlet receptacle, it covers over both of the outlets. Thus, it adds only 5 more outlets for you to plug things into. However that does give you 6 surge protected outlets. Another potential problem with this particular type of surge protector is that it does not screw into the wall outlet the way some of the more expensive surge protectors that have a similar design do. There are other brands which have a center screw which can be used to fasten this style of surge protector directly to the wall outlet, which holds the surge protector firmly in place when inserting or extracting things that are plugged into it. This particular Tripp Lite surge protector does not have the capability of being screwed into and secured to the wall outlet, and thus when you plug something in, or especially when you take something out, the surge protector can become disconnected from the wall. This may at first not seem like a big deal, but if you have some equipment that must remain connected to an electrical supply in order for it to maintain certain settings that you have programmed, then this can be an issue, such as for example with an alarm clock or a coffee maker that is programmed to start making coffee at a specific time. It can be a real pain to have to keep reprogramming things or resetting clocks, etc. if the surge protector keeps pulling out of the wall electrical socket. If you are going to just stick this device behind a desk or the like, and plug in some inexpensive computer equipment or stereo equipment, and not use this surge protector to insert and retract electrical devices on a regular basis, then this may not be an issue for you. However, if you were to use it in a kitchen area, where things like a blender, coffee pot, coffee bean grinder, etc, are being regularly plugged in and then removed, you may not want to even consider the hassle of using a device such as this particular Tripp Lite surge protector, regardless of some of the other nice features that this inexpensive surge protector has to offer.
This Tripp Lite surge protector has outlets that can swivel out to the side, which is a nice feature. However, the outlets are in batteries of 3 to a side, and they are connected to each other so that all three outlets on each side must swivel at the same time. It would have been nicer to have each individual outlet be able to swivel, as that would have permitted more flexibility and the possibility of using all six outlets. This is not always possible if one is plugging in devices that have large square transformer plugs. Thus, one can not always count on being able to use all six outlets. It would have been preferable for the outlets to be individually moveable and to be more widely spaced, so that no outlets are potentially lost to a user, but then this Tripp Lite Surge Protector would have to have been somewhat bigger, and consumers seem to prefer a surge protector to have the smallest footprint possible. This would probably be a good place to list the dimensions of this Tripp Lite Swivel6 Surge Protector. This surge protector weighs only about a half of a pound, and it is 6.25 inches high, 4 inches wide, and 2.5 inches long. That is indeed nice and compact. It is made of plastic, which makes it light, but also makes it less sturdy and durable.
The Tripp Lite Swivel6 Surge Protector is rated at 1500 Joules, and the manufacturer offers a $20,000 Connected Equipment Warranty on the equipment that is properly connected to this surge protector. To those of you who may be new to the world of surge protectors, a Joule is a measure of electrical energy, and the Joule rating of a surge protector gives an indication of the level of protection that a surge protector offers, and the higher the Joule rating of the surge protector, the greater the protection. A good surge protector should offer at least 1,000 Joules of protection, and as you can see the Tripp Lite Swivel6 Surge Protector offers 1500 Joules of protection, which is quite a lot of protection for the money that this surge protector sells for. However, that being said, if you are going to really make a serious effort to protect certain valuable electronic equipment, such as an expensive personal computer or expensive electronic gear such as a home theater system, my preference is to have a surge protector that offers in the neighborhood of 3,000 Joules of protection.
There are a few other important things to look for in a surge protector with regard to its ability to protect your delicate electrical equipment besides its Joule rating. One of the features to look for in a surge protector is its response time, which is the amount of time it takes for a surge protector to react to a power surge. It is important to understand that a surge protector does not provide protection on a continuous uninterrupted basis. A surge protector kicks in when it detects a power surge, and until it kicks in, your equipment is unprotected. The response time for this particular surge protector is 1 nanosecond. That is 1 billionth of a second. There are actually some surge protectors that are quicker than this, but they will cost you, and for most situations, 1 nanosecond is quite adequate. Another of the most important features to look for is the level of Clamping Voltage that a surge protector is rated for. Clamping Voltage is the voltage level at which the surge protector cuts in and diverts the power surge. The lower the Clamping Voltage that a surge protector is rated at, the better the protection for your equipment. Most surge protectors have a rating of 330 Volts, 400 Volts, or 500 Volts. This particular Tripp Lite surge protector is rated at 330 Volts, which is quite good. Of course all of this protection is not going to be much help if your surge protector is not plugged into a properly wired outlet. This particular Tripp Lite Surge Protector can also provide valuable information to you in this regard. There are 2 diagnostic LED's on this surge protector. One glows green when it is providing proper protection, and another glows red to let you know if the line that you are plugged into is not properly wired. These are very important features for a surge protector to have. Personally, I would have preferred that both of these LED’s would be green. My reasoning is that consumers who are not aware of what these indicators are indicating, may inadvertently see the color red glowing, and mistakenly think that this means there is a problem. Or even worse, they could interpret the red LED as not being lit as being a sign that everything is O.K.
The Tripp Lite Swivel6 Surge Protector also offers some protection from EMI/RFI noise and interference, including noise generated by other equipment that may be plugged into the unit. To those of you who may be new to the world of surge Protectors, RFI stands for Radio Frequency Interference and EMI stands for Electromagnetic Interference. Electrical current can be contaminated by difference sources of noise such as from AC power lines, the electric motors or you refrigerator or dish washer, or even from some of the components that might be plugged into your surge Protector, such as the spinning motor of a DVD player that might for example be in your computer, or the like. The Tripp Lite Swivel6 Surge Protector offers 20dB of EMI/RFI filtering, and this will reduce the effects of some of these troublesome electronic artifacts, giving you better sound quality over your speakers, if for example you had a stereo plugged into this device, and potentially better picture quality over your computer monitor screen, if you plugged your computer into this device.
Well who is the Tripp Lite Swivel6 6 Outlet Surge Protector best suited for? This surge protector would be good for someone who is looking for an inexpensive surge protector to protect their relatively inexpensive electronic gear. For expensive or valuable gear such as a personal computer or home theater setup, I would want a surge protector that offers about twice the 1500 Joules of protection that this device offers. Further this particular Tripp Lite surge protector does not offer protection for cable, Ethernet, or phone line protection. This surge protector is adequate for use in a situation where surge protection is needed for inexpensive or moderately priced electrical equipment. It is suitable for situations where one will not be plugging in and unplugging equipment, as it does not secure itself to a wall outlet like some other models from other manufacturers do. If you are using this device to provide an adequate to average degree of protection for less expensive electronic gear, and need a space saving surge protector, then this particular Tripp Lite Surge Protector offers good value for the money. Personally, with regard to using this device to protect expensive electronic gear, such as for home theater equipment, I would recommend a higher end model with a higher Joule rating, increased RFI and EMI isolation, and definitely one with a cord so that it can be positioned more readily closer to the equipment that needs to be plugged into it. Tripp Lite makes several other very surge protectors that have these specific features which I happen to like better.
Well I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my review, but now if you will please excuse me, I must get back to practicing my guitar.
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