Sometimes it can be confusing to choose the right power strip for your needs without knowing the key differences between each category. This helpful guide will walk you through each tier of power strip as they build upon each other. The standard features listed in our guide were chosen from API's Power product line and reflect the industry standards that can be found from most power strip manufacturers.
Basic power strips are non-intelligent power distribution units that come in a variety of power levels (rated KVA). Numerous configurations and available options include: over current protection, surge suppression, mounting, input plugs, outlets, orientation, and more. Available input voltages include single, split, and three phase, with a variety of max input current ratings up to 63 amps. To see examples of basic power strics, click here.
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Metered power strips have a digital power meter on each unit with an LED display of voltage, amps, active power (watts), and power factor. The LED displays are viewable up to 15 feet away from the unit. A metered power strip provides the peace of mind and safety that comes with efficient distribution of power for safe equipment installation. To see examples of metered power strips, click here.
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Monitored power strips communicate remotely via LAN and/or USB and locally with a digital power meter. Some standard features include: user-selectable display modes (continuous, auto cycling, or fixed reading); Telnet, SNMP, and Web protocols; True-RMS readings of complex voltage and current waveforms; Monitoring of power factor, amps, and voltage; and more. To see examples of monitored power strips, click here.
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Sequenced power strips can control system components with time-delay sequence. This will minimize risk for tripped breakers and spikes in voltage. Also, user can lockout receptacles that are not needed and prevent unauthorized loads from being added that may inadvertently exceed permitted load from the PDU. Individual outlets can be turned on/off, and named. Outlet indicators will display the state of the outlet, and alarms can be set to alert over/under voltage and over/under current. To see examples of sequenced power distribution, click here.