QICENT SC-6A5U Surge Protector Showcase

Surge protectors are something that we easily take for granted. They often hide under our desks, and if they’re doing their job, we never think about them. This has caused a shift over the last two decades, from the surge protector being an important tool to protect your valuable electronics, toward it being a cheap upsell pushed onto consumers as an afterthought when they’re buying a computer, printer, or microwave at their local big-box store. I’m very happy to say the QICENT SC-6A5U is anything but – and a very refreshing return to quality and attention to detail for this very important, and often under-appreciated aspect of our high-tech lives.

I love QICENT packaging, which is very tidy, and feels professional, but the first thing I notice about the product is the weight of it. This isn’t cheap plastic twist-tied to a piece of cardboard. You can feel the weight of the components inside, designed to condition and distribute the power. It feels good to hold – solid, reliable.

Removing it from the packaging, a few things stand out. The case is made of plastic, but is sturdy. It does not give or squeak as I squeeze and try to bend it. The unit has a wide footprint with four soft bumpers on the bottom, which means that it won’t be pulled off my desk or tipped over by the first thing I plug into it.

The outlets themselves, six standard AC receptacles, have a little more space between them than I am used to, which means that while I might not be able to plug in six large power adapters, six small ones seem like they would fit side by side without issue – something many surge protectors these days do not account for. The cord is also a reasonable length, falling just short of 5 feet, and is firm but flexible. This means the SC-6A5U won’t be usable as an extension cord for most people, but will be able to snake out from behind a desk, or navigate through the cutouts in a desk fairly easily. A sturdy switch next to the cord allows you to turn the unit off, and a small blue light provides an indicator of when the unit is on.

All of this makes the QICENT SC-6AU5 a great surge protector, but here’s the kicker: not one or two or three, but five DC USB ports, each rated at 5 volts, available on the end of the unit. This means no messing around with power bricks taking up outlets to charge your phone or tablet – just plug in and you’re charging fast, with 2.4 amps per port. That’s a total of eleven devices you can power from this unit.

 

There is no shortage of options for surge protectors today, but the QICENT SC-6A5U is an easy choice, and a welcome addition to both home and office. If you care about what you’re powering, and want a reliable companion for your gadgets. Mine is currently an amazing companion to my hobby station, sitting on top of my desk and powering four Raspberry Pi’s, two PC’s, and a cell phone charger, and I couldn’t be happier.

If you’re not familiar with QICENT yet, you will be. They’re making inroads in the US market, and with a fleet of excellent products such as this available on both Amazon and Newegg, you’re likely to see them in more and more homes and offices.

Tom Parillo

Tom Parillo

I am interested in all things technology, especially automation, robotics and tech that helps change how society will live in the future.
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