Monster Power Home Theater Power Bar Troubleshooting


An entry in Monster Cable's extensive product line is the Powerbar series. These enhanced power strips offer a high degree of surge clamping, as well as providing a reasonable degree of line filtration. Items plugged into the Powerbar may mysteriously fail to turn on, necessitating troubleshooting the unit.

  • Examine the Powerbar to determine if the unit is turned on. Ensure the power button is depressed, and all the indicator lights are illuminated.

  • Check the outlet that the unit is plugged into. If the outlet is a switched outlet, make sure the outlet itself has power.

  • Confirm that the total amount of wattage consumed by all devices connected to the Powerbar does not exceed 1800 watts. Determine this by examining the label on each device, and adding up the total wattage use. If the wattage use is over 1800 watts, remove items that are non-essential. Reset the internal breaker by pressing the "RESET" button on the Powerbar. Wait 10 minutes prior to attempting to turn the unit back on.

  • Check the breaker panel and the breaker corresponding to the outlet the Powerbar is connected to. Flip the breaker back on if it is tripped.

  • Check for ungrounded components connected to the Powerbar. If you hear humming or buzzing from your speakers, a unit may not be grounded. Disconnect this component from the Powerbar to alleviate the issue.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is recommended that you plug the Powerbar unit directly into the AC wall outlet, not another switched outlet on a component or an extension cord. Switched outlets on the rear of home theater receivers are not designed to power multiple devices in excess of a few amperes.


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