I just came back from a two-week vacation in Europe. I took loads of gadgets. How did I keep them charged? Why, an unwieldy gadget cornucopia consisting of two AC splitters, a USB wall wart, and an external battery for topping up on the go. If only I’d had the Belkin Travel Rockstar, I could have lightened my load.
Most of us have more devices than we have plugs in the wall, which is why you'll likely find a surge protector behind most people's televisions and under our desks. However, not all surge protectors are alike, and some even put your gadgets at risk. We talked to an electrician to sort out how to tell the good ones…
Maybe it's a little too particular to complain about your gadgets not getting the exact kind of charge they're supposed to get. Oh well. The Kopi KBAR power strip fixes that issue with with a switch that lets you change the wattage when your phone's juicing up.
Serving as a constant reminder that electricity isn't something to be trifled with, this six outlet power bar is shaped like a lightning bolt so you hopefully won't ever overload it and risk getting shocked.
You're at the cafe and you battery is toast but, as usual, every last power outlet is filled. Why beg for time on an outlet like a schmuck when you can ask that cute redhead in the corner if you two can double up using the Share-A-Watt?
I can see the rationale for sticking the ports on the back of the USB hub: it keeps the cords hidden. But what if keeping them in plain sight meant you could cut the power to each device individually?
It'll be at least a decade before the Bloom Box solves our energy crisis. In the meantime, you're gonna have to turn off your gadgets. This concept uses ambient light to gently remind you which are still sucking power.
There's no special tech inside this power strip concept that could prevent it from coming to market tomorrow. Instead, simple, clever design makes an everyday product even better. Let me explain.
As I look down underneath my desk at the tangle of wires and plugs I dream of a day when all of our gadgets can be powered wirelessly. Until then, a concept like AllSocket could help reduce clutter.
There are more than a few approaches to the twinned problems of insufficient plug space and cable tangle, but the obscenely overdone Outlet Wall concept, courtesy of Ironic Sans, is easily my favorite.
Home automation is expensive and complicated, but universal remotes are easy. The IR-Remote Control Power Strip lets you use universal remotes on any electronics, blinking lamps and speakers on and off with lazy precision.
I'm normally not interested in the onslaught of green power strips and surge protectors, but Innergie's mCube90 is interesting because they're working with electronics manufacturers to have special power-management tech installed in the gadgets.
Designed for US firm Artechnica, Joris Laarman's power pod truly is a thing of beauty. Designed for people who don't want heavy-duty power strips—the kind you might find in MacGyver's tool box—it's made of thermoplastic rubber and has four sockets on it. The aim is, apparently, to turn power cords from "concealed,…
The One Click Power Strip's black socket is for your PC, and all your other peripherals plug into the other outlets. When you turn on your computer, this clever power strip senses that and turns on all the other outlets.
If the power strip and Tetris had a lovechild, the PlugKing would be it. This new innovation in plug-in technology allows you to mix-and-match a variety of different plugs, creating a personally tailored power strip with no wasted space. It looks like it's still in development, but this could be a life saver for…
Maybe if you could actually see how much energy you're using, you wouldn't leave that PC running all night. That's the idea behind the Static Energy+Design Network's Power Aware Cord, a power strip whose connecting cable glows and pulses. Its electroluminescent wires embedded inside get brighter when more power flows…