Review: KOPI USB Surge Bar 8 Outlets (KBAR 8)

Review: KOPI USB Surge Bar 8 Outlets (KBAR 8)
September 14 10:51 2013 Print This Article



Recently I had the chance to review the USB 8 Outlet Surge Bar from KOPI. The first thing that caught my eye was the variety of sexy colors, think Nokia Lumia. My review sample came in this sexy purple look that really gives a “wow” factor. This isn’t an ugly black brick that’s a total eyesore and doesn’t go well with anything.

The KOPI is a beautiful piece of art, it’s solid, it isn’t cheap plastic crap and it has a pretty good price on it, it’s over $100, but for what you are getting, totally worth it. KOBI refers to this product as the KBAR 8, and it has this really cool feature called K-SWITCH.

  • K_SWITCH enables charging both iDevices / Android & Other USB devices at their maximum designed speed
  • Current up to 2.4A on each USB port allowing to charge 8 high power mobile devices (e.g. ipad / Android tablet) simultaneously
  • Built in surge protector prevents your mobile devices from damage by voltage spikes
  • Charge monitoring board (sold separately) enables monitoring the charging status of each device
  • Cost and space savings with one product replacing multiple chargers for different brand of devices
  • Power-saving design uses less energy, saves money, and helps protect the environment
  • 100 to 240 V AC charger in a slim, stylish aluminium design
  • Non-polarized blades fit most outlets and power strips
  • Multiple colors selection: Aluminium Orange, Purple, Black, Blue, Grey, Pink etc.

Technical Specifications

  • Input: AC 100 to 240V
  • USB Output: 96 Watts (DC 5V, 2.4 Amps x 8)
  • Countries : US / UK / EU / AUS / CN
  • Certificates: cETLus, FCC, BS, CE, CB, GS, SAA, CCC
  • Socket Material : PA6 , PC
  • Profile : aluminium
  • Finishing : anodize colors
  • DC sockets : USB standard
  • Surge Protection
  • Status Function <optional bluetooth LE based board for displaying charging status with LED and display on iOS and Android devices>
  • IEC socket with 1.5M IEC power cord for US/ EU/ UK / CN / AUS
  • Product Size: 469 mm x 62 mm x 45 mm

Compatible Devices List

  • Switch iDevice position :
    • iPad 1, 2, 3, 4, mini
    • iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5
    • iPod Touch / Nano
  • Switch Android position :
    • All Android mobiles (Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Motorola, Panasonic, Asus, Google etc.)
    • All Android tablets (Galaxy Tab, Nexus 7 etc.)
    • Blackberry
    • NDS
    • PS Vita

It charges devices very quickly and does so in a sexy fashion. Never, ever have I thought I’d call a surge bar sexy, haha, but for the KBAR 8 by KOPI, I can make that exception.

I do suggest picking it up, it does have a higher price tag, but it’s well worth it. Check it out here. {rating}

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Jessica Yaniv
Jessica Yaniv

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