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Power Solutions: Power Strips and PDUs


Power Solutions: Power Strips and PDUs That Provide High Quality Power and Surge Protection


We’re powering up your data center today with power strips and PDUs! At Rackmount Solutions, we carry rack mount power strips that are 15, 20, and 30 amps, and our PDUs will monitor your equipment and provide surge protection. Our large selection of high-quality rack mountable power strips and PDUs has been proven to succeed in the most demanding mission critical server array.

Power Strips

rack mount power stripSurge Protected and Non-Surge Protected

Basic power strips come in two main types: non-surge protected and surge protected. If you are plugging the strip into a UPS, you’ll want a non-surge protected power strip, since the UPS will provide the surge protection you need. It is important to note that it can even be detrimental to plug a surge protected power strip into a UPS. If you’re plugging the power strip into the wall then you’ll want a surge-protected strip. Curious about UPS systems? Read our previous blog post on how to pick a UPS!

Rack Mounted or Vertical

Power strips come in two orientations: horizontal (rack mounted) or vertical. This is purely preference, but typically our customers prefer vertical strips for taller cabinets because it allows easy access to the receptacles. For the horizontal rack power strips there are even more options including pilot light, surge protection, and digital ammeter. These basic power strips are generally 15 amps or 20 amps. Vertical power strips can be mounted to your rack with a simple clip.


PDUs (Power Distribution Unit)


Although some people use the terms power strip and PDU interchangeable, PDU generally refers to a power strip with additional functionality (although there are basic PDUs!). Some of the additional functions include either local or remote monitoring, as well as remote management of the power strip, sometimes even down to the outlet level.  The industry terms for these functions are usually Basic, Metered (local meter on the strip), Monitored (remote monitoring over the web), and Switched (remote management over the web). Some rack PDUs are dual circuit, which means there are two separate power circuits in the strip. This is ideal for equipment that has redundant power supplies.

rack mount pduAmps and Volts

PDUs are available in a range of amperages, ranging from 15 amps to 60 amps, and in both single-phase and three-phase. Most small or mid-sized commercial buildings use single-phase power, while three-phase power is more frequently seen in larger commercial and industrial facilities, or data centers. Additionally, PDUs are available in either 120 volts or 240 volts. Some Power Distribution Units have additional ports that can accept probes for environmental monitoring such as temperature and humidity in your rack environment. PDUs are available with either NEMA style receptacles, or IEC style receptacles, depending on your needs.


No matter what your needs are, we have hundreds of rack power strips and rack PDUs that are sure to keep your critical equipment running at its best. And if you don’t see what you’re looking for then we can help you design a custom rack power strip to meet your exact needs for your data center. There is no shortage of power options at Rackmount Solutions! We even sell power solutions from a variety of manufacturers such as Hammond, Middle Atlantic, Austin Hughes, and Wiremold-Legrand. We also manufacture our own Rackmount Solutions brand power strips and PDUs, which are on hand and ready to ship!

Feel like you’re ready to put some power in your rack, data center, server room, or network closet? Go to our website to shop online or call us at 1 (800) 352-6631 to talk to one of our sales experts who know power solutions better than anyone. We’ll take your power to the next level.

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