Tripp Lite’s Isobar surge protectors are designed for general home and office use, but I find that they offer some nice benefits for the workshop environment as well.
They have metal enclosures.
Long power cords.
High energy surge protection.
Several power strip options.
I recently ordered three of these surge protectors, and thus far I’m fairly happy with them. I am now using a 4-outlet unit, an 8-outlet unit, and a 6-outlet plastic desktop/benchtop/under monitor unit. The benchtop unit has two USB charging ports on the front, as well as individual power button controls for 4 of the outlets.
Power surges do happen, which is why I generally prefer using surge protectors instead of simpler and cheaper power strips. Plus, I like that most have circuit breakers built-in. In case of an overcurrent event, it’s better for the surge protector’s breaker to trip than the one in the junction box.
I used to be a fan of Belkin surge protectors – and still am – but with my recent purchase I felt Tripp Lite offered many more options that are suitable for tool and workshop use.
Some of the Isobar products include an 8-outlet protector with 25-foot cord, another 8-outlet model with remote on/off switch, direct plug-in outlets, and several other 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-outlet models.
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