The 10 Best Rack Mount Power Strips
This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in October of 2017. Rack mount power strips are a convenient way to provide juice to your office's or studio's equipment while eliminating messy, dangling cords from your space. Many options also double as surge protectors to defend against power spikes and safeguard your equipment. From the very high quality to the economical, there's bound to be one on this list that's just right for your setup. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
December 31, 2020:
In this latest update, we have selected three power strips, each with a slightly different function to the last. Firstly, we added the Hereta High-Precision, with its large industrial-grade switch on the front. This unit is characterized by its highly accurate digital display that measures current, voltage, and power, to help you ensure things are running smoothly.
Next, we selected the basic, yet high-quality WatchfulEye WTH-CS. Among its features are its three color-coded lamps that assure you that your devices are protected, and reversible rack ears so you can set it up with forward-facing or rear-facing sockets. And finally, we added the Technical Pro Heavy Duty, with its 1,800-watt load capacity and independent illuminated switches, which give you complete control over your rack system and make the unit ideal for work in low-lighting environments.
September 03, 2019:
Rack mount power strips are essential to [cable management](CyberPower CPS1215) and equipment protection in data centers and A/V setups. Whether for home or business use, it is important that you choose the right product for your needs. For example, if you are just running some audio equipment for home use, EMI and RMI filtering may not be as important, however it is necessary for data centers. To ensure we have included options to suit every need, you'll find both professional- and consumer-grade options on our list.
Without a doubt, the most feature-packed model on our list is the CyberPower PDU41001. It features an RJ45 Ethernet port for network connection and allows for remote management, making it ideal for servers and data centers where you may need the ability to reboot equipment when you are not on site. In addition to the CyberPower PDU41001, the Tripp Lite Metered PDUMH20 is also good for setups where you need to keep tabs on power usage at all times. If accidental downtime can be a costly problem, you may want to look to the Tripp Lite Basic PDU1230, which features a locking plug specifically to prevent that from happening.
For those with a lot of large transformers, the Pyle PCO860 is a smart option, since nearly all of its outlets are connected to short cords. This means you'll actually be able to use every one, even if plugging in large power bricks. The CyberPower CPS1215 also has well-spaced outlets, and has the added bonus of coming for an affordable price.
For consumer-level use, we have the budget-friendly Pyle PCO850 and KMC 8-Outlet. While we wouldn't recommend keeping very expensive equipment plugged into them continuously due to their low surge protection ratings, they will provide you with more outlets and help you keep your cables organized.
APC AP7911B This switched power distribution unit offers advanced load monitoring and remote management when connected via its Ethernet jack. You can program it for delayed power sequencing to avoid in-rushes during startup and define network and visual alarm thresholds to minimize the chances of a catastrophic overload downtime or equipment failure. apc.com
Applied Research and Technology PS4x4 This power strip is equipped with a familiar analog-style linear meter that is backlit for easy viewing in dim conditions. It features eight outlets, four of which are spaced to accommodate large power bricks, and has a front-located on-off switch. It is ideal for live sound system setups or fixed installations at churches, clubs, and other commercial locations. artproaudio.com