Today we are taking a quick look at the Tripp-Lite ISOBAR12ULTRA. This is a 1U PDU with Isobar surge protection. As the name suggests, it has a total of twelve outlets. These devices rarely get featured, so we figured this would be worth a quick look since Patrick and I both have them now.
Tripp-Lite ISOBAR12ULTRA Hardware Overview
The unit itself is only 1U in height and is very short in-depth as one can see. One small but very nice feature is that both of the units we have came with pre-installed rackmount ears. That just saves a few minutes finding a screwdriver and screwing in rack ears so it is a nice touch. For those that do not want a rackmount unit, TrippLite has other options.
On the left side we have the nameplate and in the center two outlets. The Isobar line means that we have $25,000 in equipment protection. That warranty is part of the reason this unit costs significantly more than some of the company’s other options. We have not had something attached fail so we did not get to try the warranty process.
This is a 15A 120V surge protector. Something that we do not have is features like power metering with a LCD display and remote monitoring.
There are a few status LEDs along with a fuse, and a little box. That little box holds the power switch for the entire PDU. It is a small feature, but a nice one to ensure that the switch is not accidentally toggled.
The back of the unit has ten more outlets. Six of these are black outlets like the front. Four are a beige color.
The label on the top of the unit tells us about the difference. The black outlets have “basic” noise suppression on the line. The beige outlets have “enhanced noise suppression”. These also have a UL sticker which is important for many installations.
The cord attached has a standard NEMA 5-15P plug and it is a 15-foot cable giving the unit quite a bit of length.
There is also a grounding point above the cord.
For those that want to see inside the unit, that is next.