With all the gadgets and devices we own today, we want to make sure we protect them from any surges or spikes that may occur. Electronic devices can be expensive to replace, so why not purchase a middleman to absorb any extra charge that may pass through the circuit? We've rounded up a bunch of smart surge protectors that offer more than just surge protection.
TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip
The Kasa Smart Power Strip has six outlets and three USB ports. You can control each of the six outlets independently with the Kasa Smart App. You can even set a time for when an outlet turns on or off. Voice commands can be used with Alexa, Google Assistant, or Microsoft Cortana to control any device connected to the power strip.
APC Smart Plug Surge Protector
This surge protector from APC has six outlets in total. Three of them have smart capability meaning any devices plugged into those outlets can be controlled via the APC Home app or by voice through Amazon Echo. There are also 4 USB ports, two of which are smart ports that you can manage through the app.
Teckin Smart Power Strip
This power strip is compatible with the Amazon Echo and Google Home. A free app can be downloaded to give you control of each outlet. You can schedule times to switch outlets on or off even when you are not at home. As well as time schedules, there is an option to set a timer to an outlet too. If you use IFTTT, this power strip also compatible.
KMC WiFi Surge Protector
The design of this surge protector means it's ideal for wall mounting. It has four smart outlets, one of which is 'always on.' The other three outlets can be individually controlled through the KMC Smart app. Those same three outlets each have an LED so you can see at a glance if the outlet is on or not.
POWRUI WiFi Surge Protector with with 4 USB Charging Ports
With three standard plugs and four USB ports, the PORUI Wall Charger is a great pick for anyone who doesn't want cables all over the place. The accompanying app makes it possible to set schedules and timers, while also working with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Additionally, you can control individual outlet, and not just the charger as a whole, if you need more fine-tuned control.
Geeni 6-Outlet Smart Surge Protector
Who needs a smart hub when you have a smart surge protector? Geeni's Protector works with Alexa and Google Assistant and doesn't require you to use a hub to get it up and running. All you need is the standard 2.4GHz Wi-Fi that's already in your home and the Geeni app on your smartphone or tablet.
Which one comes out on top?
For a reasonable price, the TP-LINK WiFi Smart Power Strip is a top choice. It has Wi-Fi allowing you to connect to it via the Kasa Smart app. With the app, you can schedule times to switch outlets off or on. You get six outlets and three USB ports, which is a healthy amount of sockets to plug your devices into. It's perfect for the living room or office. There's voice control with it being compatible with Amazon Echo and Google Home.
If you want to protect your gadgets around your home, then the POWRUI WiFi USB Wall Charger is perfect. It is a single plug that gives you surge protection as well as smart controls. With the free app, you can set a timer on outlets or schedule on/off times for each socket. You can even control outlets when you're not at home. It also has a 1080 joule energy rating, protecting your device from spikes and surges.