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Turn a Laptop Adapter into a Powerstrip for $15

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 24 comments

There's nothing worse than watching your battery slowly drain itself while you wait for someone, anyone, to leave so you can steal the outlet they're hogging.

Anytime we're at a big press event, there's always one thing in short supply: plug sockets. They're the first things to go and once you've managed to get one, you can't leave it unattended without it being pilfered by someone else. Often you'll find someone from another website who's kind enough to share their powerstrip (there's a certain camaraderie among the folks who us those chunky UK plugs), but outside of press events, you'll be hard pressed to find someone who's carrying around a cumbersome powerstrip, eager to share sockets with you.

Engadget writes of a fairly nifty little gadget that plugs into your laptop adapter and turns it into a powerstrip. Made by Elecom, it costs ¥1,400 (about $15) for a two-prong version or ¥2,000 ($21) for three prongs. Now all you have to do is find someone you're willing to talk to at Starbucks. Sure you could just buy a regular adapter that plugs into the wall socket but would your new friend be impressed by that? Probably not.

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    icanhashardware , April 22, 2010 2:21 PM
    whatever happened to something like this for a few dollars?
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    Marco925 , April 22, 2010 2:04 PM
    This would SO be useful during lectures, when you have 7 or so kids fight for the ONLY outlet in the hall.
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    Pei-chen , April 22, 2010 2:07 PM
    Looks like a Lenovo/IBM adapter before the conversion. Maybe they are made in the same Chinese factory.
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    insider3 , April 22, 2010 2:09 PM
    Very Impressive.
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    icanhashardware , April 22, 2010 2:21 PM
    whatever happened to something like this for a few dollars?
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    husker , April 22, 2010 2:25 PM
    A $15 extension cord? No thanks.
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    bildo123 , April 22, 2010 2:27 PM
    Or, you could just charge your laptop battery the night before...
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    Aragorn , April 22, 2010 2:28 PM
    icanhashardwarewhatever happened to something like this for a few dollars? [...] tter_1.jpg

    That's what I carry. Always in my computer bag, that way I can always get someone to share an outlet.
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    quicksilver98 , April 22, 2010 2:30 PM
    I wonder if they will make them work with the wierd Dell three prong units.
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    jellico , April 22, 2010 2:31 PM
    That's pretty slick. It would also be useful for college students who pretty much face the same problem of not enough outlets in crowded classes.
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    ubergeek , April 22, 2010 2:57 PM
    Better yet, just carry a $5 power strip.
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    Stardude82 , April 22, 2010 3:00 PM
    You can get a power strip for like $0.99 with a surge protector. I don't know if I'd trust having 3 100W+ devices on one ungrounded cable like that. I guess it looks slick.. but I don't want to start a fire.
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    segio526 , April 22, 2010 3:00 PM
    plus it somewhat doubles as an extension cord. You could have outlets running all the way down the row!
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    sliem , April 22, 2010 3:14 PM
    Useless to me.
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    zak_mckraken , April 22, 2010 4:26 PM
    I'm not sure how it's different from a regular power strip. It simply eliminates the cord between the outlet and the adapter. You still have to unplug any device currently hogging the outlet.
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    Computer_Lots , April 22, 2010 5:42 PM
    Yeah, useless item. Just get a $1.00 power strip. There are some pretty slick ones out there that aren't too bulky. Belkin usually has good looking stuff.
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    JohnnyLucky , April 22, 2010 6:51 PM
    Interesting concept but I don't think it is going to fly.
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    misry , April 22, 2010 8:06 PM
    Is the non-wall side Infinity style or Mickey Mouse? For a Lenovo it'd be Infinity. HP's would need Mickey Mouse. They might even want to make a PC style one to cover more bases.
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    eddieroolz , April 22, 2010 9:38 PM
    Nice, I like this idea. I wonder when they'll bring it to this side of the Pacific?
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    ncarlson , April 22, 2010 9:46 PM
    Doesn't look like the plug is grounded (with a third pin).
    Just because of safety issues alone I wouldn't let this touch my laptop.
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    micky_lund , April 22, 2010 10:28 PM
    or a whole powerboard with like 6outlets for less. true it may be bigger and heavier, but so is that compared to a regular adaptor
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