Power Of The Cube
by Gary Woods
A lot of us have a lot of different devices and computers that require power to make them work. Standard power strips have anywhere from a couple of outlets to five or more and take up a foot or more of space on the floor or your desk. Then, if you want to charge your iPhone or iPad you have to stick a charger into the strip and then connect a USB cable to it, so just charging up your devices can be a bit of a headache.
Recently I saw something that I think answers a lot of your power questions in a rather compact space. The PowerCube Original ($12.95) has AC outlets on five sides so you'll have up to five outlets in total when you plug it into a wall socket. That's pretty cool for something that's about 2 inches square. If you need more power than that you can purchase a second PowerCube Original and plug it into the first, giving you a net total of nine outlets in a space of about 2 inches by 2 inches by 4 inches. But, if you start plugging a lot of things into the Cubes you just have to make sure that the entire load doesn't exceed 15 amps.
The company also makes a USB version ($19.95) which delivers 5.0 volts and 2.0 amps to a connected USB smartphone, tablet or media player so you can power up to six devices at once. If you're charging an Apple device however make sure you get Apple-certified cables. If you need a little distance from the wall to your charging area and you'd rather have the cube not plugged directly into the wall there's a version with a 5 foot cable attached for $15.95. And, if you want the USB version it's $24.95.
The PowerCube is a pretty cool little power setup that can be configured in any number of ways. If lack of space is your issue, check it out at http://powersube-usa.com
If you have any suggestions or questions for me please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or see my column on the Internet at http://www.santabarbaraproperties.com or call me at (805) 729-0910
Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc