Travel Technology–Staying Connected While on the Road

What Travel Technology should you pack?

Travel Technology--an outlet extender with USB inputs can expand the amount of outlets you can useZDNet had an article on traveling smart with mobile gear.  I found the article interesting because his approach is different from mine but revolves around the same theme–thinking ahead so you can stay connected.

My favorite tip is his cable stash.  I have been really good at keeping alternate battery power packed, but not so good with the cables.  I forgot all my cables for my camcorder when I was in Hawaii for three weeks!

As for my approach:

Keeping Charged Up On the Go

And just a reminder that we keep a running tab of our travel tips.  You can find them all listed here.  Thanks, Keri, for putting that together!

What are your tips?  What travel technology do you pack?

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  • I just broke in my newly purchased Belkin 3-outlet + 2 USB mini power strip which you have in the picture. So far pretty pleased.

    • Jeanne Marie Hoffman

      It’s great! Do you have the regular model or the high-powered model? The USB plugs (like any regular ones) couldn’t handle the amount of power iPads need to charge, so they released a turbo-charged (my words :P) version of the outlet.

      Have you ever tried it plugged into an international adapter? My gut feeling says that’s a bad idea to do, but I can’t think of any scientific reason why.

      • I have the BZ103050-TVL model, which only puts out 0.5A per USB plug. But I don’t have a high-power-draw tablet to charge.

        Don’t plug this or any other US-made surge protector designed for 110v current via a plug adapter into a 220v outlet. To the surge protector circuitry, the 220v current looks like a very long and stable surge. I burned out a power strip that way in Paris once. I’ve never searched for one but probably a surge protector could be designed that understood both 110v and 220v input current.

 
 

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