First Round Verdict
The only power bar in this first part that truly distinguishes itself from the rest is the Sunbeam, which deserves do not buy recognition due to its unsafe MOV. If this happens to be a counterfeit unit, at least you know they are out there and need to be extra wary about them.
The Noma is clearly overpriced for what it is compared to its flea-market twin: a 60cm (2') longer cord and a 20D instead of 14D MOV are not really worth paying an extra $7 unless you absolutely need the length and have no other options.
If childproofing your power bar is high on your priority list, and you're alright with replacing high-traffic bars regularly due to worn-out shutters, the BlueDiamond's PowerPro might be worth considering. But otherwise, the EL-543 wins this round as a device that gives you extra outlets to plug stuff into without being an obvious safety hazard.
In the next installment of this series, we shall take at products from more popular computer and power accessories brands.
The article however is informative. Thanks for the write up.
Ya, the team that run's Tom's website really REALY sucks, the commenting section in IE sometimes doesn't show up, sometimes it shows up but you cannot do quotes, and sometimes you hit submit and it just gets lost in space. Clicking on a picture on any other website on the internet will take you to a larger or better quality picture, but on tom's the linked picture is often smaller/worse than the picture in the article. These kinds of picture+text articles are by far the worst though, offering minimal readability combined with smallish pictures. And we will not even get into how broken the Tom's charts are... it is just sad. And using Tom's without some sort of ad-blocking is an absolute nightmare! Tom's is the reason I use ad-blocking extensions in all of my browsers because it became such a hassle so early on.
But the content on Toms is often golden, and the data is both accurate and well explained. Not to mention that the community is amazing. It is more than worth putting up with a broken web page when the content is so good.
The goal was to show how much (or little) of a difference there is between inexpensive power bars with surge suppression ratings of some sort.