Product Review (March 2013)
By Kevin Nakano
Traveling these days requires a lot more than packing your clothes. Often times my gadget checklist is longer than the other essentials needed for a trip. Like most people, I feel the need to be completely wired while traveling and planning for a trip means packing a whole lot of adapters and cables for phones, computers, tablets, media players, and other devices. Once you get to the hotel, there is usually a limited number of usable outlets available. Often I find myself using outlets in not so convenient places such as a back wall, behind furniture or even in the bathroom.
Accell just made it a whole lot easier with their new Home or Away Power Station Travel Surge Protector featuring dual USB charging ports. Not only does this one device provide three grounded outlets, but also two USB ports (2.1A, shared power) for charging your favorite devices. In addition, the unit provides 612 joules of surge protection to all connected devices and is available in both white and black (MSRP of $19.99).
Foldable grounded power plug
The three "transformer spaced" outlets are far enough apart to allow for larger power adapters to be plugged into the unit without obstructions. The unit is rated for 120V, 15Amps (1800 Watts), offering much more capability than what most users will need. Unfortunately, the unit is not designed for 120-240VAC, so it cannot be used in some countries overseas.
The green LED on the front provides visual feedback to the user that the connected equipment is protected. Better yet, Accell offers a 5-year, $100,000 limited warranty for connected equipment.
- Kevin Nakano
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Product: Accell Home or Away Power Station - 3 Outlet Travel Surge Protector
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