One company that is well known for creating high-quality surge protectors is Fellowes. Generally known for their Banker’s Box that put them on the map in 1917 and making everything from paper shredders to laminating machines, their venture into surge protection is relatively new to the industry. In fact there are only about seven items in their current line, but that does not detract from the quality that goes into their devices.
All of the products in the Fellowes surge protector line are equipped with multiple outlets, DSL protection and equipment warranties. When you buy a surge protection device, the warranty tells you how much the company will be willing to pay you should any of your equipment fall victim to a voltage surge due to a fault in one of their protectors. For example, with the Mighty 8 surge protector, Fellowes offers a $50,000 warranty should anything go wrong. The equipment warranties vary based upon the device but cover failure of connected equipment from $10,000 up to $150,000.
Here is the line of Fellowes’ models. All but their UPS devices are under $100, which is still inexpensive at $191.
Fellowes Mighty 8 Surge Protector
As the name suggests, this comes with enough protection for eight different outlets including space for five A/C adapters. It has an incredible Joules rating of 1300, which fits nicely with the 5 AC adapter outlets. You know you are well protected with that kind of power. The plug has a right angle making it easily to conceal behind desks and the LED indicator light contains a 15 amp circuit breaker to warn you when you are not protected. There is a second device that comes with DSL and phone line protection for about $8 more. The nice thing about these devices is the generous $50,000 CEW.
Fellowes Desktop Surge ProtectorsFellowes Desktop Surge Protectors come equipped with 6 outlets, 7 outlets or 12 outlets.
Six Outlet Surge Protector
The 6 outlet surge protectors provide protection for desktop computers, small office machines, and electronics.
These surge protectors output 450 joules, perform EMI/RFI noise filtering, and a 15 ampere circuit breaker. An LED light is provided as a surge protector indicator. They also protect up to $10,000 worth of electronic equipment in the event the electronic equipment is damaged while using the surge protector. The device is both UL and cUL approved. This particular model is equipped with a 6 foot power cord.
Seven Outlet Surge Protector
The 7 outlet surge protector comes in two models. Both are equipped with a 6 foot phone cord to protect the phone line and DSL surge protection. They are rated for 1,600 joules, perform EMI/RFI noise filtering, have a catastrophic fuse and a 15 ampere circuit breaker. Both UL and cUL approved. In the event of electronic damage while using the device, Fellowes will cover up to $75,000 in equipment damages. The only difference is one has a 6 foot power cord and the other a 12 foot.
An added feature to Fellowes’ 7 outlet surge protectors is color coded outlet safety covers.
Ten Outlet Surge Protector
The 10 outlet surge protector has standard protection, but also protects DSL, Ethernet, coaxial cable and phone lines. There is a 10 foot power cord with a right angle plug and a standard 6 foot cord for RJ11/RJ45 connections.
A whopping rating of 3,300 Joules, it also performs EMI/RFI noise filtering, has LED power indicator lights and the color coded outlet covers, and a catastrophic fuse that shuts down the device in the event of an overload. As with all Fellowes devices, the 10 outlet model is UL and cUL approved.
Fellowes Travel Surge ProtectorsFellowes also offers 2 travel surge protectors, which is great if you’re going to be using your laptop or other electrical equipment while travelling. The first one is a 3 outlet wall mount surge protector with a folding plug and the second offers 4 outlets and an 18 inch power cord with a flat plug for easy usability.
Fellowes Uniterruptible Power Supply
As with most of the above surge protection devices, Fellowes offers two UPS surge protectors. One 500 VA unit and one 600 VA unit.
Both have a 350 Joules surge protector rating, which doesn’t sound like very much for something so large and pricey. But only one component is usually plugged into the surge protection side of a UPS and that’s typically the CPU.
Each devices provides about 11 minutes of battery backup power to allow safe shutdown of equipment during a power outage. They are both covered by a $100,000 CEW.
When buying any kind of surge protector it’s important to make sure that you think carefully about which items you’ll be using it for and how much protection you’ll need. If you’re using your Fellows surge protector for an office or anywhere else where you have a high density of delicate equipment then it’s often a good idea to buy a protector that’s capable of providing more outlets then you need at the moment just in case you want to expand in the future. This will save you having to replace the protector and waste money.