If you regularly take trips to different cities or even countries, there are certain things that you should consider essential depending on how you travel. For instance, if you are the type of person who often travels with lots of electronics, you should definitely consider investing in a travel power strip. As the name suggests, this is a device that allows you to use one power outlet to power more than one device at the same time. It saves a lot of time, since it allows you to charge everything you have at the same time. In addition to that, it is also convenient since it allows you to use everything at the same place.
When you are shopping for one, you should keep in mind that not all travel power strips are made equal. Rather than buying one randomly, you should have a set of criteria that you will use to determine which brand to get. Some of these include:
The number of ports you need
This is perhaps one of the most important factors to consider when selecting the travel power strip. It should have roughly the number of output ports you need. For instance, if you tend to travel with tons of electronics, getting one that just has 2 or 3 ports would not be wise. On the other hand, if you only need your phone, tablet and laptop when travelling, getting a power strip with too many outlets would be needlessly expensive, and it can also turn out to be too bulky. To hit the sweet spot, simply consider the maximum number of items you will need powered up at the same time, and then get a strip that can just accommodate them.
The types of ports you need
You also need to consider the types of ports you need. This will be determined by how you want to charge your electronics, as well as the configuration of the plugs you have. For instance, if you use electronics that have a three pin plug, it would be easier to get a travel strip that has the same output configuration, rather than get one that does not and then buy a bunch of adaptors to make it useful. These days, you can find travel power strips with USB output ports, which makes it easier (and faster) to charge phones and tablets compared to plugging them to a secondary device such as a computer.
How hardy it is
When shopping for the power strip, remember that you will be travelling with it. As a result, it’s likely to be exposed to many knocks and bumps, something that can quickly destroy a poorly made power strip. You should therefore make a point of inspecting the power strips and also buying them from notable manufacturers, so that you can be assured of build quality.
When doing this, you also need to consider the terrain you will be travelling in as well. If you are going on tour in the wilderness of Africa, for instance, you can expect that the power strip will be exposed to even more harm including the risk of water and dust damaging it. In such cases, you will need to have an even higher threshold regarding how hardy the strip should be. This will help you avoid unnecessary costs.
How portable it is
The main point behind a travel power strip is that it should be easily portable. Get one that is easy to use, can easily and quickly be packed and which will also not be very heavy. Once you have followed the above tips, chances are that you will end up with a travel power strip that will never disappoint!