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The Satechi Compact USB Surge Protector is a useful device that might be worthy of a spot in your suitcase.
by Brad Kerstetter
Most of us carry multiple electronic devices when we travel—smart phones, computers, cameras and so on. All of these devices need to be charged. When plugging in, a sketchy power grid packed with voltage spikes or faulty wiring in your hotel could precipitate the demise of your computer, tablet or smart phone.
Also, whether you are at an airport charging station, a coffee shop, or a hotel room, power outlets always seem to be at a premium.
Satechi Compact USB Surge Protector Power Outlets
The Satechi Compact USB Surge Protector guards against poor quality electricity while providing means to power or charge two devices—one with 120V line voltage and the other with 5V USB current. A handy LED indicator lets you know when surge protection is active.
One thing to keep in mind is that the Satechi Compact USB Surge Protector is only rated for use on 120 volt power. It protects devices drawing up to a combined 1800 watts. But it does not protect your device in locations using 220-240 volts.
The electrical rating is 120V/15A for the three-prong outlet and 5V/1A for the USB port. This means you can use the 120V outlet for charging power-hungry devices such as iPads and laptops. The USB port is perfect for charging smart phones and small tablets such as the iPad Mini.
Satechi Compact USB Surge Protector Power Plug
The surge protector helps by acting as a tiny power strip, making it possible to charge two devices from one power outlet. This is a handy feature when outlets are at a premium.
Because the power rating is 1800W you can also use the Satechi unit to run electricity-intense devices such as hair dryers, if you really want to.
While it would be nice to see 220V surge protection, for more or less $10 a pop, the Satechi Compact USB Surge Protector is a good buy and could save your device's life.
Whether you are traveling across the country or dropping by the local library, the small Satechi Compact USB Surge Protector can provide a reliable source of electric power for you.
Cost: $10 1 Grounded outlet and 1 USB port Warranty: 1 Year Electrical Rating: 120V/15A USB: 5V/1A Surge Protection: 1800W on 120V Size: 1.5 x 2.0 x 1.25 Inches (H x W x D) Weight: 2 Ounces/56.6 Grams
Satechi Compact USB Surge Protector at Working Charging an Apple Macbook Pro and an iPad.
You can purchase the Satechi Compact USB Surge Protector from Amazon.