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Definitive Review of 8 Best APC Surge Protectors for 2020

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Last Updated on August 25, 2020 by GagSurgeAdmin

Most of us know that APC is well-known for its award-winning PowerChute® software in the power management industry.

In 1990, they became the industry spotlight with the launch of their Smart-UPS® line, recognized as the industry’s best power protection solution.

Since you are here, I reckon you are aware that APC surge protectors are also one the top brands in the power protection market.

Without much ado, please take the time to check out our reviews of the top surge protection models from APC.

If you are in a hurry, you may want to check out the comparison chart below.

Top 8 Best Picks

Model Name

No. of Outlets

Joules Rating

Power Cord Length

Response Time

No. of USB Ports

Our Reviews

APC PH6U4X32 Smart Plug Wifi Power Strip with USB Ports

APC PH6U4X32

11

2160

6 ft

1 ns

2

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APC P11VNT3 Surge Protector with Phone, Network Ethernet and Coaxial Protection

APC P11VNT3

12

3020

8 ft

1 ns

0

 Read Our Review 

APC P12U2 Surge Protector Power Strip with USB Ports

APC P12U2

10

4320

6 ft

< 1 ns

2

 Read Our Review 

APC P10U2 Surge Protector Power Strip with USB Ports

APC P10U2

11

4320

6 ft

< 1 ns

2

 Read Our Review 

APC P11U2 Surge Protector with USB Ports

APC P11U2

8

2880

6 ft

< 1 ns

2

 Read Our Review 

APC PH8 Power Strip Surge Protector

APC PH8

6

2160

6 ft

1 ns

0

 Read Our Review 

APC PE6U21 Desk Mount Power Station, U-Shaped Surge Protector

APC PE6U21

6

1080

6 ft

<<1 ns

3

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APC PE4WRU3 Wall Outlet Surge Protector with USB Ports

APC PE4WRU3

4

1080

N.A

< 1 ns

2

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[1] APC Smart Plug Wifi Power Strip [APC PH6U4X32]

APC Smart Plug Wifi Power Strip with USB Ports, PH6U4X32, 3 Smart Plugs that Work with Alexa, 6 Outlets Total, 2160 Joule Surge Protector, No Hub Required

Probably a first of its kind across all APC surge protectors, I was immediately impressed with the WiFi feature of APC PH6U4X32.

If you own an Alexa device home, you will be happy to know that you are able to independently control all the 3 smart surge protection outlets as well as the 2 smart USB charging ports. In another words, you will be able to power on and off devices connected to those outlets via your voice. How cool is that? 😎

Looking to trim down your electrical bill? If so, APC PH6U4X32 is definitely for you. Via the APC Home app, electrical devices that are connected to the Wifi outlets can be scheduled to turn on and off automatically. This feature alone is worth more than the asking price. 🙂

If you are a heavy user of USB devices, you will want to know that PH6U4X32 comes with 4 USB charging ports, though only 2 of them can be controlled via Wifi.

This 6 outlets APC smart surge protector comes with 2160 joules rating and a lifetime warranty. If you are a fan of white color, you will want to check out the white color version of APC PH6U4X32.

APC PH6U4X32

Specification Table

Dimensions10.43 x 3.94 x 1.44 inches
Net Weight2.09 pounds (0.95 kg)
No. of Outlets6
Cord Length6 ft (1.83 meters)
No of USB Ports4
Response Time1 ns
Energy Rating2160 Joules
Equipment Protection PolicyLifetime $150,000
WarrantyLifetime

What We Like

The build-in Wifi functions that facilitate voice control (via Alexa) and App scheduling are definitely the main highlights of APC PH6U4X32.

What We Don’t Like

Depending on the strength of your Wifi connection at home, you may experience frequent disconnection if your Wifi router is located too far away.

APC Smart Plug Wifi Power Strip with USB Ports, PH6U4X32, 3 Smart Plugs that Work with Alexa, 6 Outlets Total, 2160 Joule Surge Protector, No Hub Required

APC PH6U4X32 Smart Plug Wifi Power Strip with USB Ports

  • 5 wifi smart plugs: 3 surge protected smart outlets, plus 2 smart USB charger ports that can be independently controlled by Alexa or the APC home app
  • 3 standard surge protector outlets, and 2 standard USB charging ports. Nominal input voltage:120
  • Alexa smart plug voice control: Or access the smart plugs from your phone via the free APC home app, and control your lights and appliances from anywhere; wifi required (no hub needed)
  • Scheduling (app has been updated on 4/19/19 to version 1.0.2): Devices connected to the wifi outlet, such as lighting, small household devices and other electronics, can be scheduled to turn on or turn off automatically via the apc home app, available from the Apple app store and Google play store
  • Warranty: This apc smart surge protector is backed by a lifetime warranty, plus $150,000 connected equipment protection policy

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[2] APC Phone, DSL and Coaxial Surge Protector [APC P11VT3]

APC Surge Protector with Telephone, DSL and Coaxial Protection, P11VT3, 3020 Joules, 11 Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip

If you want a surge protector from a reliable brand that is capable of safeguarding all your prized electrical possessions at home from powerful power spikes and transients and more, APC P11VT3 may be the right choice for you.

This 11 outlets APC surge protector comes equipped with 3020 joules of energy ratings and it comes with child safety shutters for all its outlets. This is especially useful if you have young ones running around at home.

The most useful function of P11VT3 is none other than it’s fail-safe mode feature. When APC P11VT3 is no longer capable of providing surge protection, it will block out incoming AC across all of it’s 11 outlets so as to prevent unexpected power surges from damaging connected devices.

I have written a comprehensive review of APC P11VT3 recently, you may want to check it out if you are looking for a more thorough review.

APC P11VT3

Specification Table

Dimensions13.7 x 7.5 x 2.4 inches
Net Weight2.33 pounds (1.06 kg)
No. of Outlets11
Cord Length8 ft (2.43 meters)
No of USB PortsNone
Response Time1 ns
Energy Rating3020 Joules
Equipment Protection PolicyLifetime $100,000
WarrantyLifetime

What We Like

Besides the fail-safe feature, I like that fact that P11VT3 offers surge protection capability for telephone, DSL (Internte routers) and coaxial (modem) connections.

What We Don’t Like

Lack of USB charging port will be inconvenient for people with USB devices waiting to be charged if you do not own USB plugs which can purchased for cheap at electrical stores.

APC Surge Protector with Phone, Network Ethernet and Coaxial Protection, P11VNT3, 3020 Joules, 11 Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip

APC P11VT3 Surge Protector with Telephone, DSL and Coaxial Protection

  • 3020 Joule Surge Protector Power Strip
  • 11 Total Power Surge Protector Outlets with Sliding Safety Shutters, 6 Outlets are Block Spaced for Larger Adapters
  • Telephone and Co Axial Protection against Power Surges along Data Lines
  • 8′ Cord with 180 Degree Rotation and Right Angle Plug
  • Lifetime warranty and $100,000 Equipment Protection Policy provides peace of mind

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[3] APC USB Surge Protector Power Strip [APC P12U2]

APC Surge Protector Power Strip with USB Ports, P12U2, 4320 Joule, 12 Outlet Surge Protector

Do you stay at lightning prone areas? If so, APC P12U2 could be a life-saver for all of your electrical devices and appliances at home.

This 4320 joules rated surge protector from APC offers maximum protection against the strongest power surges, especially distant lightnings that may cause untold damage to all your electronics.

P12U2 comes with 2 fast charging USB ports that offer 2.4Amps of charging power which means your USB devices will be charged up at a faster rate.

At 870 gram, P12U2 is really lightweight and could potentially be your travel companion should you need portable surge protection for your electrical devices.

APC P12U2

Specification Table

Dimensions12.2 x 5 x 1.3 inches
Net Weight1.92 pounds (0.87 kg)
No. of Outlets12
Cord Length6 ft (1.83 meters)
No of USB Ports2
Response Time1 ns
Energy Rating4320 Joules
Equipment Protection PolicyLifetime $300,000
WarrantyLifetime

What We Like

 Besides the whopping 4320 joules rating, I like the fact that P12U2 is lightweight enough to be carried around. The 2 fast-charging USB ports are definitely a plus for me.
 

What We Don’t Like

 If I have to be picky, I would say having a longer power cord would be perfect for A/C outlets located at far-flung locations.

APC Surge Protector Power Strip with USB Ports, P12U2, 4320 Joule, 12 Outlet Surge Protector

APC P12U2 Surge Protector Power Strip with USB Ports

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[4] APC Surge Protector with Master Controlled Power Outlets [APC P11GTV]

APC 11-Outlet Surge Protector 3400 Joules with Master Controlled Power Outlets and Telephone, DSL and Coaxial Protection, SurgeArrest Performance (P11GTV)

In addition to having a pretty exterior, this surge protector from APC comes loaded with 3400 joules rating and is definitely able to protect against strong power surges in both home and office environment.

What impressed me the most has to be the energy-saving feature that comes with APC P11GTV. It has a “Master outlet” and 5 others “Controlled By Master” outlets.

When a computer which is plugged into the “Master Outlet” is powered down, all computer peripherals which are plugged into the “Controlled By Master” outlets will be powered down as well. This feature helps safeguard against phantom loads which means lower electrical bill for you. 🙂

P11GTV also comes with power-saving outlets. The outlet will automatically cut off power to all idle/unused connected devices to help converse electricity.

APC P11GTV

Specification Table

Dimensions2.3 x 16.9 x 9.92 inches
Net Weight2.44 pounds (1.11 kg)
No. of Outlets11
Cord Length6 ft (1.83 meters)
No of USB PortsNone
Response Time1 ns
Energy Rating3400 Joules
Equipment Protection PolicyLifetime $300,000
WarrantyLifetime

What We Like

Being a huge fan of Eco-friendly devices, I really like energy-saving features that cut off power to connected devices that are idle.

What We Don’t Like

Although P11GTV comes without any USB charging ports, this minor flaw can be easily overlooked by its power-saving capability and being able to shrink your electrical bills for a long time to come. 🙂

APC 11-Outlet Surge Protector 3400 Joules with Master Controlled Power Outlets and Telephone, DSL and Coaxial Protection, SurgeArrest Performance (P11GTV)

APC 11-Outlet Surge Protector 3400 Joules with Master Controlled Power Outlets

  • 3400 Joule Surge Protector Power Strip
  • 11 Total Power Surge Protector Outlets with Sliding Safety Shutters; 7 Master-Controlled Outlets, 6 Outlets are Block-Spaced for Larger Adapters
  • Telephone and Co-Axial Protection against Power Surges along Data Lines
  • 6′ Cord with 180 Degree Rotation and Right-Angle Plug
  • Lifetime warranty and $300,000 Equipment Protection Policy provides peace of mind

 

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[5] APC 11 Outlet Surge Protector [APC P11U2]

APC Surge Protector with USB Ports, P11U2, 2880 Joule, 6' Cord, Flat Plug, 11 Outlet Power Strip

If you are looking for a surge protector that can be used for both home and office, you are at the right spot.

APC P11U2 has plenty of power outlets. Out of the 11 outlets, 6 of them are blocked-spaced outlets which means you will be able to plug in old transformer type plugs (old computer peripherals) that are commonplace in most offices.

If you often run out of A/C outlets in your office meeting room, P11U2 has more than enough outlets to cater to a big meeting group.

At home, if you have little ones running around, you will have a peace of mind that the safety shutters will prevent them from playfully wiggle their little fingers into the power outlets.

Equipped with a lifetime warranty, this 2880 joules surge protector from APC will definitely provide a “safe haven” for your connected devices. 🙂

Do check out our full review of APC P11U2 if you are keen to further explore its capabilities.

APC P11U2

Specification Table

Dimensions11.89 x 4.7 x 1.57 inches
Net Weight2.23 pounds (1.01 kg)
No. of Outlets11
Cord Length8 ft (2.4 meters)
No of USB Ports2
Response Time1 ns
Energy Rating2880 Joules
Equipment Protection PolicyLifetime $250,000
WarrantyLifetime

What We Like

The fail-safe mode (blocks power to all outlets) feature is a must-have if you live in an old building (faulty wiring) or near unstable power-grid.

It protects (due to damaged surge components or joules depletion) all connected devices out of harm’s way should a powerful transient or spike comes through the power line.

What We Don’t Like

Some of the power sockets may be a little tight upon initial use.

APC Surge Protector with USB Ports, P11U2, 2880 Joule, 6' Cord, Flat Plug, 11 Outlet Power Strip

APC P11U2 Surge Protector with USB Ports, 2880 Joule

 

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[6] APC 2160 Joules Surge Protector [APC PH8]

APC Power Strip Surge Protector, Black Power Strip PH8, 2160 Joules, Flat Plug, 8 Outlet Power Strip

At first glance, you may be wondering why APC PH8 comes with a power switch. Well, this power switch is a master switch that control A/C power going in and out of it’s 8 outlets.

It will conveniently power off all connected devices if you no longer have used for all of them. E.g. After shutting down your laptop or computer, just one flip of the switch, you will be able to power down the rest of computer peripherals like printers and speakers, etc.

It also doubles as a circuit breaker when overload conditions occur.

Do not be fooled by the sheer simplicity of its exterior. This APC surge protector comes packed with 2160 joules which is capable to protect connected devices from many damaging power surges and line disturbances.

Weighing only 600g, it is the perfect companion to help protected your laptop and other electronics if you are a road warrior or frequent traveler.

APC PH8

Specification Table

Dimensions9.7 x 3 x 1.2 inches
Net Weight1.32 pounds (0.6 kg)
No. of Outlets8
Cord Length6 ft (1.83 meters)
No of USB PortsNone
Response Time1 ns
Energy Rating2160 Joules
Equipment Protection PolicyLifetime $150,000
WarrantyLifetime

What We Like

I like the Master switch which helps power down all connected devices once the essential ones (home computer) are properly shut down. By powering down all unused devices, it prevents phantom loads from sucking away unnecessary electricity – lower electrical bill for you. 🤑

What We Don’t Like

It would have been perfect it PH8 comes with a pair of USB charging ports but at its current price point, it is already a bargain in my opinion. APC Power Strip Surge Protector, Black Power Strip PH8, 2160 Joules, Flat Plug, 8 Outlet Power Strip

APC PH8 Power Strip Surge Protector, Black Power Strip

  • 2160 Joules surge protection energy rating
  • 8 outlet surge protector power strip
  • 6 foot power cord with flat end 90 degree space saving plug
  • Lifetime warranty and $150,000 connected equipment protection policy

 

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[7] APC Desk Mount U-Shaped Power Station [APC PE6U21]

APC Desk Mount Power Station PE6U21, U-Shaped Surge Protector with USB Ports (3), Desk Clamp, 6 Outlet, 1080 Joules

Have you been struggling with desktop real estate on your office desk? If so, this uniquely designed surge protector from APC may be your life-saver.

If your office desk comes surrounded with a half height cubicle partition (like the one somewhere below), APC PE6U21 can be mounted on top of the partition. It is without a doubt the perfect solution to get you more desktop real estate.

Besides saving your precious desk space, PE6U21 comes loaded with 1 USB Type C in addition to two other Type A USB charging ports which should be more than sufficient for most gadget users.

This 6 outlets desk mount surge protector from APC, too, comes with a Master Switch to help power on and power off all connected devices in one single flip of the switch. Especially helpful for people with monitor, printer, speaker and desk lamp and so on on their office desk as all of them can be powered off in a single go.

APC PE6U21

Specification Table

Dimensions5.31 x 2.72 x 5.2 inches
Net Weight1.52 pounds (0.69 kg)
No. of Outlets6
Cord Length6 ft (1.83 meters)
No of USB Ports3
Response Time1 ns
Energy Rating1080 Joules
Equipment Protection PolicyN.A.
Warranty3 Years

What We Like

PE6U21’s sleek looking exterior will look asethetic however and wherever you place it. Besides looking good, this desk mount surge protector will help trim down your electrical bill if you care to utilize the Master Switch.

What We Don’t Like

Comparing it’s currently price point and it’s whole lots of useful features, there is really nothing to dislike about APC PE6U21. 🙂

APC Desk Mount Power Station PE6U21, U-Shaped Surge Protector with USB Ports

APC Desk Mount Power Station PE6U21, U-Shaped Surge Protector with 3 USB Ports

  • Desk clamp power station for under desk power, or mount over a cubicle wall (up to 2.4 inches thick)
  • 18 Joules of surge protection
  • 6 outlet surge protector power strip
  • 1 type C USB charging port, plus 2 type A USB charging ports provide 4. 8A total charging power (sufficient for charging smartphones & tablets, but not computers)
  • 6 foot power cord with flat end 9 degree space saving plug
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[8] APC Wall Outlet Surge Protector [APC PE4WRU3]

APC Wall Outlet Surge Protector with USB Ports, PE4WRU3, (4) Rotating Multi Plug Outlet, 1080 Joule Surge Protection

If you have been sourcing for a surge protector that is light-weighted yet possess rotating power sockets, your prayer has been answered. 🙂

This 4 outlet surge protector from APC also comes equipped with 2 USB charging ports and can be easily mounted onto a wall space via the screw located at the center of its housing.

Do you have A/C outlet located at tight and awkward corner of the house? If so, APC PE4WRU3’s rotating plugs will be able to reach those tight spaced behind cupboard or under the bed or sofa.

Since PE4WRU3 is extremely light, it offers high portability and is most suitable for people who commute a lot between places and offices.

APC PE4WRU3

Specification Table

Dimensions2.56 x 3.74 x 5.51 inches
Net Weight0.71 pounds (0.32 kg)
No. of Outlets4
Cord LengthN.A.
No of USB Ports2
Response Time1 ns
Energy Rating1080 Joules
Equipment Protection PolicyLifetime $50,000
WarrantyLifetime

What We Like

PE4WRU3’s lightweight and rotating sockets are big pluses for me since I commute a lot between home and client sites.

What We Don’t Like

The joule rating may be on the low side if you are intending to connect power-hungry equipment and electrical devices.

APC Wall Outlet Surge Protector with USB Ports, PE4WRU3, (4) Rotating Multi Plug Outlet, 1080 Joule Surge Protection

APC PE4WRU3 Wall Outlet Surge Protector with USB Ports

  • 1080 Joule surge protection energy rating
  • 4-outlet wall mount surge protector
  • 2 USB ports provide a combined 3.4 Amps of charging power
  • Designed to fit a 2-outlet configuration. Center screw firmly mounts unit on the wall, or can be removed by gently lifting off the red washer on the back of the unit
  • Backed by APC’s LIFETIME WARRANTY, and $50,000 connected-equipment policy
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Marc Edwards is the co-founder of GagtheSurge and is actively involved in writing review and information articles for the site. He loves traveling and has been to most of the countries across the four major continents. Besides working and traveling, he also enjoys jungle explorations and deep sea diving.