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A power bar is basically a heavy duty extension cord that lets you plug in 6 or 8
Consider the following devices associated with your
desktop computer that might need an AC (Alternating Current)
ink jet printer
speakers: via AC⇒DC adapter
router: via AC⇒DC adapter
DSL (Digital Subscriber Loop) or cable modem: via AC⇒DC adapter
telephone/answering machine/fax: via AC⇒DC adapter
wireless mouse: via AC⇒DC adapter
laptop: via AC⇒DC adapter
sound recording and playing equipment
outlets for other computers you are using, repairing or testing.
AC adapters are often bulky and cover up more than one
Here are two ways to get large number of outlets:
cascading, plug a power bar into another in a daisy chain.
Have an electrician install a power strip at a convenient height along the
wall. You can then snap on as many outlets as you want wherever you need them. This
is surprisingly inexpensive.
Power bars contain surge protectors in them. They
protect your computer equipment from damage from a sudden spike overvoltage. They
also prevent your computer from making errors or rebooting when a spike hits. I
consider this protection absolutely mandatory. However, they can’t do a thing
if for a sagging undervoltage. For that you need an UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply).
You have to spend
or more to get a surge protector that won’t be fried, (and hence useless) after
the first few hits.
What To Look For
It should have three prong sockets so your equipment will be properly grounded.
The on-off switch should be stiff. You should not be able to turn it on or of by casually
brushing against the unit or pushing it up against a wall.
It should have an indicator light to let you know if the outlets are powered on.