Surge Protection with Style

5 stylish options to guard against surges.–PC Pitstop.

Surge Protection with Style

by Fox Van Allen for Techlicious

Stop viewing surge protectors as a necessary evil! Necessary, sure – they help keep your expensive electronics safe from damaging fluctuations of electricity. But your surge protector doesn’t need to be an ugly, utilitarian brick. There are plenty of stylish and surprisingly well-designed options out there that protect your computer and look like a piece of tech you’d be proud to own.

Don’t believe me? We’ve scoured the net (and stores!) to find stand-out, unusual and functional surge protectors worth considering for your home or office. Here are five of our favorites.

Pickup Power
Quirky Pickup Power surge protector with battery (black)Quirky’s Pickup Power surge protector is, to borrow a phrase, more than meets the eye. On the top of the strip, you’ll find three standard sockets for all your favorite electronic devices. At the far end, though, you’ll find a terrific bonus feature: a removable 4000 or 6000 mAh battery with two USB ports that you can take anywhere to recharge gadgets on the go. It’s one strip with two great functions.

Pickup Power is available in both white and black colors and provides a 15 A circuit breaker and up to 1080 joules of protection, which should be more than enough for most home applications (more is better). The 4000mAh battery version will set you back $99.99; the larger 6000 mAh version retails for $129.99. You can order your choice by visiting


Pivot Power Genius
Quirky Pivot Power surge protectorThe Pivot Power Genius, also by Quirky, is another cool power strip that serves a dual purpose. The unique flexible strip bends to accommodate up to four oversized adapters, keeping them from blocking other slots. The bonus feature is connectivity to the cloud, which lets you control two of the outlets remotely from your smartphone via the Wink app.

The Pivot Power Genius protects connected devices from surges up to 1080 joules and contains a 15 A circuit breaker. The device is available in white only and retails for $59.99. You can pick up yours at


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One thought on “Surge Protection with Style

  1. What many do not know, you can add first level protection to surges right at your meter. It is ring shaped and fits between the meter and the mounting base. The Power Company supplied and,installed mine.

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