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Review of Meross Smart Surge Protector (Works With Amazon Alexa & Google Home)

Krzysztof is a lifelong future tech junkie investigating the latest stories from companies like Apple, Samsung, Google, and Amazon.

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What's a Smart Surge Protector?

The Meross Smart Surge Protector ($26.99) is a WiFi enabled power strip with 3 AC and 2 USB ports that can charge numerous devices.

Its smart features also allow for remote app and voice control with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. You can program switches individually and control the on/off functions of devices plugged into the power strip outlets.

I haven't seen many smart surge protectors, but in my opinion, they're one of the best ways to tap into the smart home market.

When it comes to internet of things devices, I would definitely place the Meross power strip at the top of the list.

Product Specifications

Product specifications taken from Amazon product page and item box cover

Product specs.

Working Current: Max 15A

Working Voltage: 100-120V, 60Hz

Max Power: 1250W

Dimensions (smart strip only): 9.4 x 2.1 x 1.2 (inch)

Cord Length: 5.5ft.

USB Power Limits: 5V=2.1 for single port - 5V=3.1A max for both

AC Outlet Limits: 10A for single outlet - 15A for 3 outlets

Wireless Standard: 2.4GHz only

What's included: Smart WiFi Surge Protector - Quick Install Guide

How to Install With Meross App

Before you can use Alexa or Google to voice control your power strip, you'll need to configure the device within its app, and here are a few ways to do so.

Quick Installation Guide

  1. Download and register on the Meross app (Google Play or App Store)
  2. Plug in the smart surge protector near your main router
  3. Go into the app and select the device type (smart surge protector)
  4. Confirm that the light is blinking rapidly
  5. Input your WiFi information
  6. Wait until configuration is complete
  7. Upon completion you may remove the strip and use it on any other outlet

The setup should take less than 5 minutes if you have a stable WiFi connection; you may have to retry if the product doesn't connect on the first attempt.

Please be mindful that the product only accepts 2.4GHz WiFi network bands, so you may have to adjust your router's network band settings.

Once everything is connected, the device will appear on your app's home page. You can change the device name, remotely control all ports/switches, or even remove the device from memory.

Meross skill in Alex app

Meross skill in Alex app

How to Use Voice Control

After you've completed the app setup, you can move and pair the power strip to your Alexa and Google voice assistants.

How to Pair With Amazon Alexa

  1. Download and open the Alexa app
  2. Tap the burger menu and select skills
  3. Type Meross in the search bar
  4. Click on the Meross skill and select to enable
  5. Enter your Meross app login information and link the skill
  6. Ask Alexa to discover your devices
  7. Your new devices will be listed within the smart home tab
  8. Each outlet will be individually labeled as "Switch 1/2/3" and "USB 1 & 2", which can be changed to whatever device names you'd like

You may have to change the device names in the Meross app first before you do so in the Alexa app. Create unique names if you own multiple smart outlets or switches.

Ask Alexa to rediscover your devices if she can't initially find them.

How to Pair With the Google Assistant

  1. Open the Google Home app
  2. Go to main "Home" tab located on the bottom left
  3. Click the + button and select "set up new device"
  4. Hit the "works with google" section and scroll down to locate Meross skill
  5. Input your Meross app login and tap to authorize
  6. Your new devices will be located in the home tab
  7. You can change the device names and/or choose which room to place them in if you're creating routines

As with Alexa, please make sure your device names are unique so that they don't conflict with other smart gadget names.

You can use the Meross app or the Google Assistant and Alexa to control your surge protector.

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Best Features of Power Strip

Adding smarts to any device will unlock features that you probably never thought of, and this power strip is no different.

Here the the best features of the Meross Smart Surge Protector.

5 Best Features

  • 3 AC Outlets w/2 USB Ports
  • Durable Material + Heavy Duty Cord
  • Individual Switch Control With Timers/Schedules
  • Alexa and Google Voice Control
  • Power Surge Protection + Energy Saver

3 AC Outlets w/2 USB Ports

Three usable outlets with two fast charging USB ports is plenty enough for me particularly if they can be smartly programmed.

When you add smarts to anything, it immediately transforms something limited into a far more expansive item. The fact that you can remotely control up to 5 ports is very enticing.

It makes it so much more useful than just one or two generic smart plugs, and it will save you a lot of money in the long run.

The USB port control is quite unique, and I've never owned a product that could do that; suddenly it opens up a lot more possibilities.

Durable Material + Heavy Duty Cord

The power strip's strong ABS fire-proof housing material can survive temperatures as high as 750°C, and the heavy duty cord is durable, stable, and heavily insulated.

To put it lightly, this is not a cheaply made product, so don't worry about it breaking down in a hurry. The item feels well constructed and is sure to last a very long time.

Individual Switch Control With Timers/Schedules

The Meross app lets you set timers and schedules for any switch you want.

The schedules are really great for seasonal lights, and with 3 AC outlets, you have a lot more choices on which gadgets or lights to program. You can even use it for outdoor patio or porch lights though I think you'd be better off with using a smart outdoor outlet instead (weather/water resistant).

The countdown timers are great too, and they can really help automate your home.

Don't want to go by timers or schedules?

Then ask Alexa/Google to override them; it's that simple.

Alexa and Google Voice Control

Yet another smart device that can be voice controlled through Google and Alexa.

Or should I say multiple devices?

Because instead of merely controlling a singular power strip or plug, you can tell Alexa/Google to toggle individual switches for optimal power consumption and convenience.

Voice control feels like the future, and I love being able to turn off my lights or fan with a single command.

Power Surge Protection + Energy Saver

This power strip has over-current, short-circuit, and over-temperature protection as well as energy saving features.

It ensures that none of your plugged-in gadgets will burn out or power off when you don't want them to. Product safety is my top priority and even more so when I'm buying products from a lesser known company.

I would never use or recommend a product that I felt was unsafe, and thankfully this company shares my safety concerns.

Final Review

So what's the final verdict?

It's a bit early to call but my preliminary rating would be 4.5 out of 5 stars.

The durability, voice & app controls, individual outlet settings, and the ability to set timers/schedules won me over. I was happy with the build of this product, and the price is fairly low for everything it does.

On the other hand, some may feel that there aren't enough ports considering there are other smart power strips with extra USB/AC ports. The limited 2.4GHz bands may also cause some connectivity problems though I haven't experienced any. Finally, be mindful of the amp outputs, watch what you plug in (lights, fans, and small appliances work best), and don't exceed the max.

All in all, I would recommend this smart surge protector for all the positive reasons listed. Additionally, I found the company to be very responsive when problems do arise, so the consumer risks are very low.

So if you're ready to control multiple devices at once and get a taste of the future, then purchase the Meross Smart Surge Protector and enjoy the experience.

Your Turn!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: How do you reset the Meross smart plug if you need to change the WiFi?

Answer: There's a manual button on the device that you'll need to hold for 5-10 seconds until it factory resets.

Comments

Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on September 01, 2018:

Sure, I'm happy to help. It's really not as complex as it seems. I hope newbies can see that because these devices really do make your life more convenient.

Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on September 01, 2018:

Thank you, I think it'll end up being more useful than a lot of the singular plugs I've reviewed.

Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on September 01, 2018:

Yes, I think it would fit well there and thank you for the comment.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 30, 2018:

We are just moving to our condo for the winter and this will be useful.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 29, 2018:

This would be very useful to have for all of the reasons you list. Love it!

Liz Westwood from UK on August 29, 2018:

This looks like a useful device, but I would need to refer to your detailed explanation and instructions before using one.