Nearly a month ago I wrote about the Griffin Technologies PowerBlock Dual USB Charger as a travel essential … shortly after the entry went up on Flying With Fish the folks at Flight Wisdom wanted to know why I had not instead written about the Belkin Mini Surge Protector With USB Charger.
Anyone who travels with more than one item that needs a power source knows the frustration of finding outlets. Laptops, camera batteries, portable entertainment, iPhone/iPod, Blackberry, etc etc. Traveling with all these items eats up electrical outlets and traveling with surge protectors is often space prohibitive for both packing and in use in public locations.
What is the answer to these electrical outlet travel conundrums? The Belkin Mini Surge Protector With USB Charger. The Belkin Mini Surge Protector With USB Charger is a compact surge protector that offers users both three standard Type B electrical outlets, as well as two USB charging ports.
For me there is only one draw back to the Belkin Mini Surge Protector With USB Charger, the fact that the electrical outlet prongs used to plug the device into the wall are not retractable and do not fold flat. This minor design issue is easily overlooked when sitting in an airport trying to charge all your electronics with only one outlet available.
The compact design of the Belkin Mini Surge Protector With USB Charger allows users to pack this device into nearly any bag and swap out bulky mobile phone chargers that eat up valuable electrical outlet space for USB cords. These features make the Belkin Mini Surge Protector With USB Charger ideal for any travelers.
As with all Belkin surge protectors, Belkin offers users a Lifetime Warranty that offers users up to US$75,000 for equipment damaged should a surge damage their equipment while plugged into the device.
Below is a photo of my Belkin Mini Surge Protector With USB Charger with all the ports used up with my gear.
*Edited To Add: This Belkin Mini Surge Protector With USB Charger is 120v, Belkin however does make a 240v version of this product for those traveling globally or living in a 240v area*