What is the Difference Between a Tier 1 and Tier 2 Advanced Power Strip?

In the world of power strips, there are two types of advanced power strips. Each has its own set of features and capabilities that make it a good option for different situations in your home. The first type is called a tier 1 advanced power strip, and the second is called a tier 2 advanced power strip. In this article, we’ll explain what these terms mean and how they differ from one another so you can decide which type is right for you!

What is a tier 1 advanced power strip?

A tier 1 advanced power strip is the most basic type of APS. It consists of a single control outlet, usually accompanied by two always-on outlets, and three or more outlets that are automatically switched on or off based on the on/off status of the control device.

These are ideal for use in homes, where they’re plugged into a wall socket next to an appliance like your television or computer monitor. They’re generally inexpensive, so if you need to protect just one device from surges or spikes, this might be the best option to go with.

Tier 1 Advanced Smart Power Strip (APS)
Tier 1 Advanced Smart Power Strip (APS)

What is a tier 2 advanced power strip?

Tier 2 Advanced Power Strips (APS) are more expensive, more powerful, and more durable than their tier 1 counterparts. These devices are designed to handle higher loads while maintaining the same level of safety as Tier 1 Advanced Power Strips. Some tier 2 devices also feature:

  • Remote switch capability so that you can essentially control the power strip from your phone or other mobile device
  • Timer connectivity so that you can automatically turn off anything plugged into one of these power strips after a certain amount of time has elapsed
  • Software and hardware filtering technology that filters out IR interference from non-AV equipment
Tier 2 Advanced Smart Power Strip
Tier 2 Advanced Smart Power Strip

Advanced power strips can help you control your home’s electricity. There are different tiers of APS to consider.

Advanced power strips (APS) are strips of outlets with an extra function: they let you control the flow of electricity to your devices. APS have a number of different tiers and functions, which can help you save money, protect your electronics and protect your home against surges.


Tier 2 Advanced Power Strip for Advanced Savings

Taking energy efficiency to the next level in your home or business is as simple as plugging an outlet into the wall. The catch: it needs to be the right one. Standard power strips provide power non-stop to all electronics plugged into them. Smart power strips allow for savings by letting you control one or a few outlets, while the power strip controls the rest. A tier 2 advanced power strip takes those savings even further by allowing multiple options for control while providing optimal surge protection for your devices.

We covered the difference between a tier 1 and tier 2 power strip earlier if you want to go into the details. Now, let’s dive into the major benefits of a tier 2 device.

Multiple Sensors

The tier 2 power strip has built-in sensors that detect both motion and infrared (IR) remote control signals. It is equipped with an intelligent algorithm that looks first for IR signals from a remote, and then looks to detect motion if no IR signals are found. Without the presence of either, the adjustable countdown timer is initiated, and powers off devices after that time has passed with no activity present. Additionally, some strips even feature bluetooth technology, allowing for control over devices right from your smartphone.

Surge Protection That’s Fireproof

Advanced power strips come complete with enhanced surge protection in the form of the metal oxide varistors (MOV). These components are designed to dissolve heat much faster than traditional surge protectors. It is also covered by a fireproof ceramic casing. This technology makes it possible to prevent a fire from occurring in the event of a power surge.

Know and Control Energy Usage

The tier 2 power strip communicates and records energy usage data. This includes the history of the energy used by the devices that are plugged into it as well as the real-time data. All of this information can be accessed through a mobile app available for both iOS® and Android® devices. Through the app, users can manage and predict electricity usage and costs, get updated on surge and ground status, sign up for promotions, and complete product registration as well as receive support. In addition, data records are also stored in a raw format, allowing easy access by evaluators and program admins for statistics, installation verification, and tracking.

As technology evolves, the way we use it evolves as well. Using a tier 2 advanced power strip to control the energy consumed by devices is an ideal way to continue to enjoy our tech with the added bonus of energy efficiency.

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So why should you buy a Smart Power Strip?

What are the advantages for you, your home or your business?

The answer is easy. There are several outlets on the Smart Power Strip. These work together and will automatically switch your electronic devices on and off as needed. Think of the money and power you will save with this ingenious little device. For instance, on the BITS Smart Strip Power Strip LCG4 are three outlets with a constant power supply, one of which is transformer shaped. Use these for the things that should never be switched off – a fax machine, a wireless router and so on. Of the remaining 7, one is for your main supply and the rest are controlled, three of which are transformer shaped. These controlled devices switch off whenever there is a 10% or more drop in current to the main outlet and turn on again once there is an increase of 7 watts or greater. It seems a little complicated, but in practice it is simple. Just plug your computer into the main outlet and all the other bits and pieces that go with it can then be connected to one of the six outlets. – it means that when you switch off your computer all its peripheral devices will close down too, and , surprise , surprise , when you switch on so do they.
The Smart Strip Power Strip is lit and is wall mountable to keep trailing wires off the floor. There are two RC filters which help stop switching when you don’t want it. The cord is heavy duty and 6 foot long which should be plenty for every purpose. When fully energized it uses only 1 watt of power and when the switched outlets are off no power at all is used. How green is that? There are surge suppression facilities and quality related electrical power specifications as set out below.

• UL 1449 Rating 120 Volt 50/60 Hz
• Surge Protection: 2875 joules, 84000 amps, 330 volts
• EMI/RFI Filtering 2 Spike Blocking Bar coil chokes, up to 60 db line noise reduction

Just go and get your last electricity bill out of the file. How high was it? A good proportion of that went in power to items you just weren’t using. Go round your office or home when there is no one else about. Look for all those little green lights. Most of them don’t need to be on and each and every one of them is costing power and money – power you could save and money you could be using elsewhere. Get a BITS Smart Strip Power Strip LCG4. In only a very short time it will pay for itself and after that you are rolling.