APC Essential SurgeArrest 6 outlet P6WU2 review

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APC SurgeArrest 6 Outlet 02

You can never have too may power outlets!  Instead of the typical outlet strip, I get to try out the APC Essential SurgeArrest 6, which sits over your existing wall outlet, giving you not only 6 AC outlets but 2 USB charging ports, too.

APC SurgeArrest 6 Outlet 01


  • Nominal Operating Voltage: 120VAC, 50-60 Hz
  • Maximum Amperage: 15A
  • Joule Rating: 1080 Joules
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 1.5 in. x 4 in. x 5.5 in.

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As the name implies, the P6WU2 provides 6 AC outlets (three on each side) and two USB charging ports (2.4 amp).  Two LEDs on the front indicate if surge protection is working, and another indicating wiring fault.
APC SurgeArrest 6 Outlet 04Here you can see either side of the P6WU2 (three outlets each side).  Notice the threaded screw in the middle?  APC cautions you to use only with a duplex receptacle that has a center screw.  Without taking the P6WU2 apart, I am not positive this screw gives a mechanical bond to ground, but it does reduce the chance your plugs get yanked off the wall.

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The P6WU2 is plugged in.  Green light = everything good!

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The configuration of the AC outlets from the side gives your wiring a slightly lower profile.  Here’s the P6WU2 living under my desk.  I still have two spare AC outlets, and I have still have two USB ports to go.

For more information about the APC Essential SurgeArrest P6WU2, check out the link.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by APC. Please visit their site for more info and Amazon to order.


Product Information

  • 120VAC, 50-60 Hz
  • Low-profile, provides 6 outlets and surge protection plus 2 USB ports.
  • None

4 thoughts on “APC Essential SurgeArrest 6 outlet P6WU2 review”

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  2. I think the center screw is just for mechanical reinforcement considering how much pressure there is on the outlet with 6 power cords plugged in. Otherwise there wouldn’t be 3 prong plug.

    This is a nice and economical product. Positively getting one.

  3. I also have a non-screw version, and it’s often ripped off the wall. This looks to be a great alternative.

  4. It would be a fairly trivial thing to use a multimeter to determine if there is continuity between the screw (pulled tight in the housing) and the ground blade.

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