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WKetel
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WKetel   11/11/2010 4:59:39 PM
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The reality is that airports have been built prior to this electronic gadgets fad, and so passengers never needed any power outlets. I don't see a problem with the Home Depot cordset, but the TSA guards will probably come up with an excuse to prevent them in the future. I made my own adapter using two standard outlets and one IEC power inlet connector, which has the advantage of using a standard cord available in many places, and allowing for easy repair if the plug is ever damaged. Besides that, it is a much smaller package. The concern about the cord failing would only apply to the cheap-trash knock-offs that do appear whenever a good product is made.

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bcvd   11/4/2010 3:54:13 PM
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Like AGK, I am also concerned that the cord will be damaged in the long run since it a type that is not designed from repeated tight flexing like is encountered in a breifcase. A couple years ago I bought a Phillips Ultra Compact power strip. It also has three outlets but it has a flat wrap around cord and is designed to stow the plug so that damage to the prongs can be avoided. It is UL Listed. I found mine at Walgrees Drug store but you can get it from http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=306244&catid=187153&aid=338666&aparam=306244. You can find many similar models, some up to 6 outlets, by googling "travel power strip".

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timbo_test   10/28/2010 6:29:52 PM
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Some years ago, as a European visitor to the United States, I needed to charge up a laptop at Chicago O'Hare airport. It took quite a while to spot a power outlet, nestling in the base of a lattice support column in the air-side concourse. I looked around - nobody else was charging anything and there were no seats convenient to that spot. Furtively, I plugged in, and sat on the floor against the concrete base of the column. I fully expected to be hauled out for 'stealing' electricity. I did get a few funny looks, but about 45 minutes later, my battery was fully chanrged, the visit report half written and my flight was called, and I felt victorious! I'm surprised that finding power at an airport can still be a bit of a quest, but it is!

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Bob Virkus   10/27/2010 11:18:32 PM
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Since I already travel with a four-outlet surge protector, this would be a welcome smaller device. I'm particularly sensitive to the notion of helping to extend the reach from wherever the hotel decides to provide. I'm moved too many TV cabinets. Time to check the local Home Depot.

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BicycleBill   10/27/2010 10:19:10 PM
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Thanks for all your comments. Yes, it may seem like three outlets is "overkill", but my experience says it's not--and I travel with only a few electronic gadgets. Or sometimes you just need to "share" an outlet with a stranger at the airport, when you are desperate and he "owns" the outlet. And yes, since the outlets are on opposite sides, you can use it nicely with bulky wall-warts. As for wear and tear, it's a "molded" unit so it should last a long time unless I abuse it, and I respect my cables and treat them right, believe me.

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Silicon_Smith   10/27/2010 4:03:44 PM
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Okay, so how many gadgets do you really need to charge? I would say, people who are mostly on the move get used to keeping their laptops ready for any three-four hour work usage. Cellphones last longer.. and with the USB cables charging all the small gadgets I dont see a great need for sockets. Generally I am more concerned about putting unneccessary cables and gadgets into my bag. Keep your stuff light and ready is the mantra while on the go. And, if you are really bored, books can be handy, instead of watching videos or surfing on the computer. (which will drain the battery quicker!!)

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Silicon_Smith   10/27/2010 3:57:04 PM
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Couldnt agree more, Sir. Very well said.

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Bellhop   10/27/2010 3:02:47 PM
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These things are great for using wall warts with power strips - one wart on each side!

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agk   10/27/2010 11:03:08 AM
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with These expanders one got to be very carefull.Since this is mobile the probability of getting a loose connection and short circuit in the cable near the end of the expander are more. So after some time of usage a spark smoke all may happen and these to be avoided at public places.

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ReneCardenas   10/26/2010 5:11:26 PM
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Bill, great value idea for travelers. I would have added a 2 prong connector (for those odd ball places where older outlets may be the only choice) since most appliances, we tend to use in these occasions are already double insulated. It also made me wonder why modern airport architects do not have this in their plans for waiting areas. I can tell that there is infrastructure to place all kinds of food vendors and retailers, no to mention the gate support personnel and their electronics for each airline. The energy costs are not trivial but these can be absorbed by retailers at by the numerous fees that we already pay for airport use.

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