Our electronic devices – be they phones or tablets or cameras or portable speakers whatever — they all require electrical power to operate. Once that wasn’t much of an issue but now that everything is so blessed high-tech, the drain of the batteries during operation means frequent recharging is necessary. In the past that meant a trip to the computer and its USB port, but few keep a desktop next to the bed or in the den or basement anymore. So that’s the reason Accell’s PowerGenius line — the PowerGenius Rotation 4-Outlet Surge Protector with Dual USB Charging – Wall Tap and the PowerGenius Rotating 6-Outlet Surge Protector with Dual USB Charging — is worth having around. And worth being kept close to where you spend your time at home.
Lets start with the PowerGenius Rotation 4-Outlet Surge Protector with Dual USB Charging – Wall Tap: it’s a small white “box” that goes onto a wall’s AC outlet to change it from 19th to 21st Century. Don’t call it a “multi-tap” because it’s not one when you take into account its technical operation. A multiple tap outlet can’t handle power bricks without sacrificing some of its plugs, but the PowerGenius Rotation has four 3-prong grounded outlets that swivel some 90 degrees so that having a power brick connected to it can be done without sacrificing any of the others outlets. And without causing any furniture being pushed up against it to have to stick out from the wall a ridiculous amount. That’s good, as is the fact that surge-protection is built-in (a necessity today considering the state of the electrical grid, which is not good at all). But the Rotation doesn’t stop there because, remember, it’s designed for today’s electronics. That means there’s USB outputs for charging devices; one is phone-ready while the other handles tablets and others that require a higher wattage (actually both offer the same high wattage). All this for $21.99, which is minor compared to the convenience it offers.
The PowerGenius Rotating 6-Outlet Surge Protector with Dual USB Charging ups the ante (and price — it retails at $29.99) by refusing the “box” shape and instead mimicking the multi-tap long cylinder look. But again there’s the two USB outputs at one end for those power hungry devices, with a “retro” ON/OFF switch at the other end (yes it’s mechanical, not a touch sensitive panel from Star Trek). The switch is at the other end and that’s where colored icons indicate the state of the electricity being passed through: surge protection for sure but also a nod towards whatever is plugged in being grounded (not inconsequential and worth reading up on in today’s environment). Between the two ends are found six (6) connectors, each able to rotate 180 degrees on its own so that means you could pile them up with power bricks without having to be concerned in the least. And the shape makes it being placed against a baseboard another convenience factor to appreciate.
Accell’s PowerGenius series provides a high-tech solution to the simple problem of getting your devices powered up and ready for use. That’s more than enough to get them a thumbs up, but even more so to get them being used.