EYE on NPI: Tripp Lite Antimicrobial Surge Protectors for Home and Office #EYEonNPI #DigiKey @digikey ​@TrippLite @adafruit

This week’s EYE ON NPI (video) will have you tripping all over yourself in a rush to place a Digi-Key order for the Tripp Lite Antimicrobial Surge Protectors, a range of power extenders that have tons of ports for your home or office workstation.

We’re used to basic ‘6 outlet’ power extenders, so when we peeped the many funky shapes, we picked up a few for the home office. Here’s our favorites of the series:

The TLP648UCBAM has a U-shaped body that is designed to clip onto a desk. Note it doesn’t clamp down, so you’ll want to put it to the side where it can’t get bumped, and a thick desk – like 1″ or more – will probably work best. This one has 6 outlets, three on each side, two USB A 5V 2.4A and one USB C 5V 3.0A plug for portable devices. This is great for a work bench where you may have a few computers, scope, power plugs, and then also you want to charge your phone or power a single board linux computer or dev kit.

The TLP68UBAM is kinda like those yachts that have another, smaller, boat that can launch off of it. There’s the main power outlet plate with 6 outlets, then a detachable clamping USB power module that extends out and clamps onto a desk for plugging in up to 4 USB Type A. This one is nice if you’re OK with having the power adapter on the floor or otherwise hidden behind your workspace

There’s also some super funky shapes, like the cubic TLP368CUBEUAM which is evocative of a Borg Spaceship. Or the spherical TLP38UAM with 3 outlets and 4 USB ports. While we didn’t pick up a TLP410UCUFOAM, we do note how useful it would be for a conference table so that folks don’t end up crouching below the table then bonking their heads.

But our number one fav, which we’re going to use on the desk we broadcast EYE ON NPI from, is the TLP608DMUAM – a cute twist on the familiar 6-outlet favorite. First it is extra long so there’s the 4 compact-outlets and then two chonky outlets for big power adapters. There’s also two USB A ports with 5V 2.4A out max. Unlike the first adapter we showed off, this one has two thumbscrew clamps that can attach in any direction to any thickness desk. We’re going to use this on our Ask-an-Engineer desk to power the lights, overhead cameras and demo boards that power over USB.

A power outlet is kinda like a pair of shoes, belt or toothbrush: you want to get really good quality ones because you use them all day every day. The Tripp Lite series from Eaton are high quality, surge protected, and are a huge improvement from what you’d normally pick up for $20 from the hardware store. And Digi-Key has all of them in stock for immediate shipment! Order today and you can neaten up your desk wiring by tomorrow afternoon.


Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards

Join Adafruit on Mastodon

Adafruit is on Mastodon, join in! adafruit.com/mastodon

Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Join over 36,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers – CircuitPython.org


Maker Business — “Packaging” chips in the US

Wearables — Enclosures help fight body humidity in costumes

Electronics — Transformers: More than meets the eye!

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: Silicon Labs introduces CircuitPython support, and more! #CircuitPython #Python #micropython @ThePSF @Raspberry_Pi

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Guardian Robot, Weather-wise Umbrella Stand, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — MakeCode Thank You!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — #NewProds 7/19/23 Feat. Adafruit Matrix Portal S3 CircuitPython Powered Internet Display!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.