Tools and Toys: Austere V Series Power and "DIY for Renters"

Austere V Series Power

What's to love: A surge protector with a sleek aluminum housing designed for use with home entertainments systems.

What does it do: It is available with six or eight outlet that are spaced so that plugs of any size can fit. It features a power cable made with a braided Kevlar covering. The device uses what the company calls PureFiltration to provide sound and video quality by insulating the power signal and keeping out static and external disturbances. The surge protector is made with fire protection technology and over-current protection. USB ports allow for a rapid charge while protecting low voltage devices. Austere V Series Power sells for $179.99 for six outlets and $199.99 for eight outlets. Find out more at