As the number of mobile devices has increased in the modern home, so has the challenge for finding an uncluttered method for recharging a collection of device batteries all at once. Residential Systems editorial director Jeremy Glowacki recently turned to the AV accessories professionals at Accell Corp. to help streamline his own charging scenario, and the company answered back with its cleverly designed Home or Away Power Station and PowerSquid surge projector. Here’s his brief review.
My Accell Power Station, which is available in black or white, plugged snugly into and against a standard, single-gang wall outlet behind the kitchen countertop that has become the de facto resting spot for my family’s mobile devices, laptops, and camera battery chargers. Because it is equipped with three transformer-spaced outlets and two USB charging outlets rated at 2.1 amps, I can now charge up to five devices at a time with 612 joules of surge protection to all connected devices. It’s just about the most elegant solution that I’ve found, and I even take the station on the road for hotel stops. And, as if Accell hadn’t helped me enough already, the company also sent me its aptly named PowerSquid surge protector and power conditioner that has become the perfect addition to my garage, where my extension cords, rechargeable drills, and lawn-mower electric starters await a summer full of chores. It accommodates up to five bulky transformer plugs with ease, adding another streamlined power solution to my home.