Outlets To Go Power Strip with USB - Black
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- Provides 3 AC outlets to power laptops, PDAs, MP3 players, digital cameras, and other accessories when traveling.
- 3 AC outlets for convenient power and charging.
- Recharges electronics that use USB with integrated USB port.
- Ultra compact design to fit into luggage and briefcases.
- Dual side design maximizes outlets space, minimizes bulk.
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Outlets to Go 3 USB is designed specifically to meet the needs of travelers. It provides safe, convenient charging for multiple electronics like MP3 players and computers. In addition, the USB port gives you easy charging for any USB* accessory: cell phones, digital cameras, and more. The compact design and integrated cord management let it easily fit into a small bag or laptop case. You get convenient and safe power wherever you need it: hotels, airports, meeting rooms, and more! Keep all your electronics powered up and ready to go with Outlets to Go 3 USB.
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Outlets to Go 3 USB: Your Must-Have Travel Companion
These days, were carrying more electronics than ever when we travel. Outlets to Go 3 USB is designed specifically to meet the needs of travelers. It provides safe, convenient charging for multiple electronics like MP3 players and computers. In addition, the USB port gives you easy charging for any USB* accessory: cell phones, digital cameras, and more. The compact design and integrated cord management let it easily fit into a small bag or laptop case. You get convenient and safe power wherever you need it: hotels, airports, meeting rooms, and more! Keep all your electronics powered up and ready to go with Outlets to Go 3 USB.
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CONS: USB power output rating on package doesn't match rating on device
I got this power strip for under $10 and the price keeps dropping. This is an extremely convenient device for so little money--just about everyone lugs around multiple electronic devices these days and has a portable media player, phone, tablet, etc. that can charge over USB. This strip takes care of all of that, and although it's a little long (roughly 7") the cord wraps neatly over the device so it doesn't take up much extra room. And since it's quite thin (less than 2"), it's easy to slip into a backpack or carry-on and take it with you whenever you travel.
When I first received the power strip, I was pleasantly surprised to read on the package that the USB port is capable of putting out 1.5A, which is TRIPLE the current a standard USB port on a computer or devices like the Belkin Mini Surge Protector Dual USB Charger can produce. However, upon inspecting the device itself, I noticed that the USB output is rated at 500mA. This inconsistency bugged me enough to email Monster and ask them which spec was correct, and I was told 500mA. When I emailed back to ask why the package had the rating incorrect, I received no response. If anybody has any inkling, please leave a comment!
Contrary to several other reviewers, I can charge my iPad through the USB port with the sync cable. It doesn't charge as quickly as the stock wall charger, but the iPad shows that it's charging. It's definitely faster than using a computer USB port--I'd say it takes about five to six hours. Since the iPad has a 25 watt-hour battery, this equals about 4W, which means the USB port is actually putting out about 800mA.
In summary, this is a very handy device for travel or to have on hand anytime you need more plugs than the nearest wall has to offer.
UPDATE: I charged my iPad today through the USB port and used my Kill-a-Watt to monitor the power consumption. It reported a charging power of 6W throughout the process, which would indicate a charging current of about 1.2A (6W / 5V). However, since the iPad itself charged at about 15% per hour, the USB port itself couldn't have been putting out more than 4W. I assume this means that the power strip is not very efficient, especially compared to the stock iPad charger, which draws 10W from the wall and is capable of charging the iPad in about 2 1/2 hours.
The USB port has a converter built into it already to convert down to 5V DC[NOTE: converter is for the USB port ONLY. Converts down to 5V. There is NO converter for the main functionality of the unit.]
I am aware the unit only SAYS 125v printed on it. I've received replies saying the unit won't work on 220V because the unit "says so". that is not true. The unit does not say it WON'T work on 220v, it only states that it WILL work on 125v. Normally that would "imply" that 220v is not compatible, but as I said before, I spoke with Monster Cable and they told me it will work on 220v. I have also successfully tested this on many trips to Europe and the Middle East. It does works despite what the text printed on the unit says.
And for FINAL PROOF, from the FAQ section on the Monster Cable website:
"Can I use my Outlets To Go in a 220 / 240 volt country?
Yes your Outlets To Go will function with the appropriate plug adapter. Make sure that any devices you will be using can also work in multi voltage applications. If not, a converter will be necessary." ~That quote comes from Monster Cable's website and should be sufficient proof.
I feel the need to update once more based on two comments (Anthony and Lisa). This is NOT a power converter. This is not an adapter. It is only a power splitter. It turns 1 plug into 3 plugs. When you plug it into a 240v wall outlet, expect 240v to come out the other side. But once again I will reiterate, this device is capable of handling 240volts. You will not damage it. However, any electronics you plug into it have their own limitations, and if they fry it's not the outlet's fault. If what you have is rated for only 110v you need a "converter". This is not.
The USB port does a respectable job of charging my Android phone and my wife's iPhone. I don't know if I can say for certain that it is a "fast" charger, but it's not slow either. It gets the job done. I plug it in before bed and my phone is always charged come morning. Good enough for me.
This Outlets to Go 3-outlet power strip with USB is a great solution for a slightly simpler need: when I'm mobile and need to top off a USB-charge unit it's just fine.
The Outlets To Go power strips are a bit heavy because they have a sturdy design to the outlets, the cable and the plug. The plastic plate on the front of the plug has an unfortunate tendency to fall off or even break, but that doesn't affect the function--I have one of mine stuck back on with double-sided tape on the back.
However, the other drawback is that the USB charging port is a slow trickle that's better suited for either topping off a device when it's a bit low or leaving a device overnight for a long charge. For example, it works fine to put my Kindle on when I go to bed, but I wouldn't expect it to save my phone when it's nearly dead and I need it in an hour.
I recently bought two of these for a perfect home use though: I have two of those "charging valets", small boxes that let you thread a lot of charging cables out of sight and poke the connectors out through the lid. One is for my room and one I bought for my daughter. A standard-size power strip would be awkward and huge--if not impossible--to tuck into so small of a box, so I use the smaller Outlets To Go to plug in all the chargers, and the USB goes for my Kindle, which doesn't mind a slow overnight charge.
If you lower your expectations a bit, the quality of the Outlets to Go is pretty consistent with its price. The USB charger could use a bit more power, but the outlets and the way the cord folds up are both very convenient.