REVIEW – Electricity is an essential commodity for us Gadgeteers. Everything takes power, and there simply are not enough places to plug in our gadgets. Power strips are nice, but with so many gadgets coming with wall-wart style plugs, it’s hard to use a power strip fully. Add to that a large number of USB-powered gadgets, each requiring its own USB power puck, and *boom*, your power strip is over-full. iClever has a solution for both the space and power outlet challenged among us.
The iClever Bootstrap series power tower is a surge-protected power center offering eight 110V outlets and four USB outlets.
Setup involves plugging in the unit and then plugging in your stuff. Here it is, situated behind my monitor.
Performance is hard to determine, especially when it comes to surge protection. With 900 Joules of surge protection, it should do a good job protecting my gadgets. Performance, otherwise, is much easier to determine. This replaced an older power strip that dominated this space as it was huge. The iClever takes up so much less space, given its vertical design, that it opens up that space. This makes it much easier to get to the outlets. The 2.5-inch spacing between AC outlets provides enough room for most power pucks. The low-profile design of its power cord plug fits flat against the wall, making it easy to plug in the power tower behind furniture. Also, with four USB ports available, that freed up two AC outlets and two USB power supplies. My only complaint is that while the USB ports are auto-sensing, they are not fast-charge compatible.
For my use, the power switches are not needed, as everything I have plugged in here needs power all the time. For those that regularly turn off the power, having the ability to selectively switch off one bank of plugs or the other is a nice touch.
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I like this device. The design helps save space. There are outlets aplenty. The power cord is long enough to make placement easy. The included surge protection helps keep my gadgets safe. It has a permanent place on my Gadgeteer desk.
If this meant to be one the floor, and it appears that way, it would be a pain in the rear to have to constantly get down on the floor to plug in and remove USB drives. If it were on top of a desk, that would be OK.
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