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Gear: You'll get a charge out of this compact surge protector

November 10, 2012|By Judi Dash
  • The Satechi Compact Surge Protector doesn't take up much room and can open up at least one USB port on your computer.
The Satechi Compact Surge Protector doesn't take up much room and… (Satechi )

Need something smaller for travel? Satechi’s Compact USB Surge Protector is a 1.4-by-2-by-1.25-inch  three-prong plug that converts a single AC outlet into dual outlets, one for a two- or three-prong AC plug, the other for a USB charging plug. Both get surge protection.

This isn’t cutting-edge tech, but it’s nice to be able to charge two electronic devices simultaneously while freeing up an AC power outlet or a USB port on your laptop.

The lime green face helps distinguish this adapter from similar-looking ones without surge protection. An LED indicator lights up to show the surge protector is working.

The 1-amp output is fine for charging smartphones and 7-inch tablets but may or may not be able to handle larger tablets. (My iPad charged OK, but I’m hoping Satechi’s next model has a 2-amp output to guarantee success.)

Still, this is cheap, small and welcome, especially in outlet-challenged rooms. The Satechi Compact USB Surge Protector is $12.99.

Info: Satechi Compact Surger Protector, (858) 268-1800.

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