My bedroom has only a couple of outlets and I used to plug and unplug everything. Now I have the 12 ft long cord and I can use the devices needed and charge them too. I love the bright indicator light that reminds me to turn it off when I don't need it.
Can't comment on the "protection" yet but seems to be very functional, 8 ft cord is handy. My only issue (minor) which has been mentioned by other reviewers is the "on/off' switch is kind of loose; might be shut off inadvertently.
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