Protect your electronics with the Accell PowerGenius 8 Outlet Surge Protecter (Review)

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You finally got that custom PC you’ve been dreaming about, or that 65″ 4K TV from your Black Friday shopping, along with your new PS4 Pro or Xbox One S. Now its time to enjoy your bounty, but, sadly, you ran out of sockets. Sure, you can grab that basic surge protector that’s been lying around. But with all that new hardware you just purchased, you need to step up the protection, and Accell has just what you need with the PowerGenius™ 8 Outlet Home Theater Smart Surge Protector. What looks like any normal surge protector, the Accell PowerGenius provides so much more, while protecting your expensive hardware.

Specs

  • Joule Rating: 2180 Joules
  • Outlets: 8 Grounded (1 adapter spaced)
  • Grounded Cord: 6ft/1.8m
  • Resettable Circuit: Yes
  • Electrical Rating: 120V, 15 Amps, 1800 Watts
  • Max. Spike Amperage: 144, 000 AMPS
  • Max. Peak Spike Current: 3KV
  • Max. Spike Voltage: 6KV
  • Clamp Rating: L-N 330V, L-G 400V, N-G 400V
  • Noise Reduction:52dB from 150KHz to 100 MHz
  • Wall Mounting: 2-Way
  • Ethernet or Phone Line Protection: 1 pair
  • Coax Protection: 1 pair

There’s a lot of information regarding what it can protect against and whatnot. Seeing as how it can be difficult to test these, I’ll focus more on functionality. One thing that is missing from the PowerGenius is a USB port. Since it’s focused more on your home theater system or computer set up, USB ports wouldn’t be necessary since this could be set up somewhere that wouldn’t be touched for quite some time. The 8 socket gives you the ability to plug in almost any home theater set up. TV, game console(s), surround sound, plenty of sockets for them all, including 3 wide sockets for adapters. Also included on the PowerGenius is the Ethernet in/out and coax in/out. Basically, it allows protection for your Ethernet connection or even cable tv/modem connection as well. Simply plug in using the in/out sockets and done. Offers the same protection should a jolt of energy burst through knocking out your power. The tech that powers the PowerGenius offers the safest protection by reacting to certain conditions and encased in fireproof material.

Line noise reduction is something that is often overlooked, but not for those tech savvy users. Line noise can disrupt TV and sound signals by the energy being emitted from the AC plugs, normally in the form of Electromagnetic Interference or Radio Frequency Interference EMI/RFI. Most people don’t notice, but once you have all sorts of things plugged in, or have several systems close by (like your computer near your TV system), it can cause interference that becomes noticeable as static. The PowerGenius provides a level of noise reduction from said interference to unnoticeable levels. Normally, I stream Netflix or Hulu shows, but I also watch TV on standard air waves. My TV and computer are setup close together and it causes interference to the TV signal in the form of skipping or loss of signal. The occurrence is frequent, to the point of not being watchable. Once I hooked up everything to the PowerGenius, the interference was down to a bare minimum with only a slight skip and the picture is clearer.

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Final Reaction

When it comes down to protection, Accell has you covered. The PowerGenius goes beyond normal protection that many surge protectors offer. With the noise reduction, Ethernet and Coax protection, it’s a no brainer for anyone wanting to fully protect their expensive home theater system. The same can be said for those pricey custom PC rigs. And at a low price with a 5-Year Connected Equipment $100,000 Limited Warranty, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing your equipment is protected and backed in case something goes wrong.

Rating: 4.5/5 Atoms

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You can purchase the Accell PowerGenius, along with other products, at accellcables.com
The Accell PowerGenius 8 Outlet Surge Protecter was provided by Accell for the purpose of this review

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Joe Gonzalez
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Gamer since '86, well knowledgeable in movies and games, and semi tech savvy. Graphic artist and t-shirt printer for over 10 years.

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