Ok, I admit it. Getting the chance to test the latest ultra-fast and powerful dual-core and 4G phones is fun. Putting the latest incredibly capable tablets through their paces is just plain cool. And I’d be lying if I said I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed the chance to review all the amazing games and hot new gadgets that pass through our doors each week here at YourTechReport.com. But if you want to know what products really make me smile – which products I have the hardest time returning at the end of the test period – I think my answer will surprise you. Why? Because, while I love all the high-end, cooler-than-cool stuff that we usually report on, the truth is, the gear that really grabs my attention are the simple, utilitarian products that we all need and use–but almost never think about (unless, of course, something goes wrong). Put plainly, I think that turning the unremarkable into the extraordinary is the very definition of cool.
So, having admitted to this geekiest of obsessions, lets take a look at my latest discovery… a singularly brilliant redesign of the humble ‘power-strip’ – the PowerSquid Surge Protector and Power Conditioner from Accell.
There are few products more purely utilitarian or humble than the ‘power-strip.’ And yet, with the introduction of the seemingly endless number of new and increasingly costly electronic devices which have become essential parts of all of our lives, there are few more necessary accessories in any household. And though it’s true that there have been a number of updates to the basic power-strip design over the years (improving utility, safety and dependability), anyone with a full suite of today’s power hungry devices can attest that there is a common problem with virtually all of them. Even with all the improvements noted above, little attention has been paid to the proliferation of bulky transformers… the space-hogging, no-two-the-same-size “power blocks” that make it impossible to place any of today’s accessories or devices next to one another on a wall outlet or power-strip.
It is this challenge that the people at Accell, a provider of premium audio/video and computer accessories, have decided to address with the introduction of their newest power product, the PowerSquid Surge Protector and Power Conditioner. In their own words, Accell asserts that “the PowerSquid Surge Protector and Power Conditioner is a safe and easy way to provide 1080 joules of surge protection to sensitive electronics. The PowerSquid accommodates up to five bulky transformer plugs with ease, providing more flexibility than standard surge protectors. In addition, the PowerSquid with surge protection is also equipped with a Noise Reduction Filter, which reduces line static caused by “dirty” power, often seen as snow in pictures or as crackling in audio.”
From a design perspective, the PowerSquid is a surprisingly attractive device – complete with an unexpectedly sleek design that includes a unique, recessed on/off button, two colored LED status lights and an overall form factor a step above the normal power-strip product. Constructed out of durable ABS plastic and heavy duty coated wires, the PowerSquid exhibits a build quality that suggests it will be around for a long time.
Next, we come to the design element that separates the PowerSquid from its competitors… the five graduated and independently secured power connectors. This simple design modification results in a power-strip that can truly accommodate 5 separate devices without regard to the size or orientation of their ‘power-blocks’ – a feat no traditional power-strip can match.
In use, the PowerSquid operates exactly like any conventional power-strip. Simply plug in you devices and accessories, turn on the unit, and walk away. That’s it. Your precious devices, accessories and charges can now be easily located together, instantaneously protected from damaging surges and shielded from unwanted electric line “noise” via the built-in Noise Reduction Filter, even as they are all backed-up by Accell’s 5-year connected equipment $100,000 limited warranty.
- Master on-off lighted switch with a 15-amp circuit breaker
- 3 foot power cord
- 5 flexible receptacle grounded cords in lengths of 6, 8 and 10 inches accommodation 2 & 3 prong cords
- Electrical rating: 125V/15A/1875W
- 2 way wall mountable / Rugged non-slip rubber feet
- UL Listed
- Protected by Accell’s five-year connected equipment, $100,000 limited warranty
Wrapping it up:
Rarely does the introduction of a simple idea so completely address a challenge frustrating so many… but it is exactly the elegance of their solution that makes Accell’s PowerSquid so intriguing… and so ‘obviously brilliant.’ Having taken a closer look at this innovative new option, it’s clear that the people behind the PowerSquid Surge Protector and Power Conditioner have created a good looking, well built power management accessory that we believe is well worth your attention.
The PowerSquid Surge Protector and Power Conditioner retails for $34.99.