When I walk into a hotel room one of the first things I do is check the outlets in the room. I do this because I typically have a tablet, laptop and a phone to get charged while I am there. Double that if I am traveling with my wife and kids. On rare occasion have my family, or the occupants in neighboring rooms, heard me shout with joy to find enough outlets to handle my (our) charging needs.
I try not to carry a power strip with me because they’re just all sorts of clunky and I usually leave them in the car connected to my power inverter. After a lot of searching I found the perfect complement to my needs, the Accell Home or Away Power Station.
The Accell Home or Away is a 3-outlet surge protector packed into a nice, small, rugged package. In addition to the outlets are two USB charging outlets so you can charge mobile devices. The full specs from Accell are:
· Three Transformer Space Outlets, Supports Bulky Transformers
· Provides 612 Joules of Absorption Capacity Surge Protection
· Two USB Charging Outlets for Charging Mobile Devices
· Folding Power Plug Makes Carrying When On-The-Go Easy
· Rugged, Impact Resistant Housing Protects During Travel
· Available in 2 Colors, White or Black
The Power Station gives me plenty of options for what I need to connect, while ensuring that I can easily take it with me in any bag. It also charges my tablet and phone at a consistent power draw that I didn’t notice my devices run out of battery power any quicker than the normal AC outlet. In fact I noticed that it was closer to what you find with charging on a computer USB port, giving me a longer battery life over AC outlet charging.
It doesn’t make me coffee. Seriously, why can’t it? It does everything else it’s billed as doing, why can’t it do that? I really didn’t find anything bad about the Power Station as I have been using it the last few months.
For the nice price of $19.99 on their website, you really can’t get any better than this for a mobile power station. Sure it’s not like the battery packs you can get, but this is almost better for the traveler who has enough juice to get through the day, but needs to be able to charge multiple devices when their location is lacking available outlets.