Travel Essentials – Griffin Technologies PowerBlock Dual USB Charger

8/2/2010 – Travel Essentials – Griffin Technologies PowerBlock Dual USB Charger

When I pack my bag saving space is a high priority. When I travel one city over or twelve time-zones away I pack the same way, the smallest possible bag to carry the maximum amount of essentials.

When it comes to packing my electronics essentials, which includes USB cords, CF Card readers, mobile phone chargers, etc, I consistently seek out the smallest and most effective items that enable me to save space. For the past five years I have had a simple rule for packing my essential cords, cables, chargers and electronics essentials … everything must fit inside a Think Tank Cable Management 10 pouch.

Traveling with both an iPhone and BlackBerry means I need to pack two separate USB chargers and these two chargers then take up two separate electrical outlets…which is where the Griffin Technologies PowerBlock Dual USB Charger steps in as travel essential.

The Griffin Technologies PowerBlock Dual USB Charger reduces space, reduces outlets used and is useful for many USB charged devices (iPhone, iPod, Blackberry, Motorola devices, Zune MP3, Samsung, etc etc)…but it also charges the devices simultaneously.

The Griffin Technologies PowerBlock Dual USB Charger has features fold-flat blades to streamline the design of the device when packing. For global travel the PowerBlock Dual USB Charger works with voltage from 100v to 240v. The outlet blades are non-polarized so the device may be inserted into an outlet right side-up or upside-down giving you more flexibility in making everything fit into whatever outlet you are using. To protect your devices the PowerBlock Dual USB Charger has an internal surge-fuse that acts as a kill switch rather than having your devices get killed

If you travel with more than one USB charged device…and I always travel with two and at times three (for international travel I fly with an unlocked 3G Motorola Razr to use local pre-paid SIM cards) then the Griffin Technologies PowerBlock Dual USB Charger should be in your bag … if you already own an iPod or an iPhone, the PowerBlock Dual USB Charger also usually costs less than replacing the Apple OEM wall adapter.

Below are three photos of my Griffin Technologies PowerBlock Dual USB Charger.

Happy Flying!

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  1. Chase,

    I have and use the Belkin Mini Surge, however it is problematic with certain battery chargers and the non-fold flat outlet blades reduce its packability (is that a word?). At the request of the folks at Flight Wisdom (http://blog.flightwisdom.com) I’ll be writing about the Belkin Mini-Surge in a few days.

    Happy Flying!

    -Fish

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