Cut the Clutter: Power Strips to Help Manage Your Plugs

Stay completely plugged in without a mess of tangled cords.

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Keep all your devices charged up with one simple strip.Amazon

In the age of electronics, there never seems to be enough places to plug them all in. And even when wall outlets are plentiful, they’re often not strategically placed. A dozen power outlets with none beside the bed won’t allow you to charge your phone as you sleep (or roll over and hit snooze). Power strips to the rescue! Here’s what to look for in a good one.

Power Strip, Bototek Surge Protector with 10 AC Outlets and 4 USB Charging Ports,1875W/15A, 2100 Joules, 6 Feet Long Extension Cord for Smartphone Tablets Home,Office, Hotel- Black
A lit on-off switch offers overload protection, and the product comes with lifetime technical support.Bototek

With power plugs, size matters … sometimes. Some computer chargers and other devices are too large to plug into a standard evenly spaced power strip configuration without blocking the outlet adjacent to it. Instead of losing a perfectly good outlet, you can get a strip with two plugs that are spaced far enough apart from the others to accommodate oversize adapters.

Power Strip with USB, TESSAN Mountable Flat Plug Extension Cord with 4 Widely Spaced Outlets, 3 USB Charger, 5 FT Power Cord, Compact Size Charging Station for Home, Office, Dorm Essentials, Gray
Two mounting holes make it attachable to walls, and it's small enough to fit inside your bag when you’re on the road.TESSAN

For added versatility, some power strips come with a combination of outlets and USB ports so you can provide power to multiple electronics while recharging others.They’ll come in particularly handy in a small home office when you need to plug in a laptop, printer and lamp as well as recharge your phone and tablet.

AmazonBasics 6-Outlet, 200 Joule Surge Protector Power Strip, 2 Foot, White - Pack of 2
Its relatively short cord reduces the possibility of tripping and minimizes the potential for cluttering.AmazonBasics

Beware of power surges, those brief, unpredictable spikes in electric current that can burn out computers and televisions. A strip with a built-in surge protector will give you added security should lightning strike a power line close to home. Also look for built-in protection from power overloads, short circuits and voltage fluctuations, all of which can damage appliances.

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