Originally Posted by Ed Harris
I think the idea though is as much about reduced clutter as it is about saving money?
That's what it is for me.
(Wretched Excess Alert!
Don't read the next paragraph if it offends your rustic camping philosophy, I really don't care. And while I'm at it; Merry Christmas! everyone.)
At any time I could have a radio (shortwave/AM/FM), scanner, cell phone, tablet, MiFi hub, battery
charger (flashlight) and a charger for the camera plugged in. All of which have bricks and the bodies point in all directions with repect to the 110v prongs, usually overlapping the adjacent receptacles making them useless.
I've bought a number of those 6" extensions at Walmart to free up the sockets in wall and expansion strips but I find it a little messy for camper use. (6" extensions with a simple 3 prong plug at one end and a simple 3 prong socket to plug the brick into and let flop wherever.)
This 110v/usb gadget frees up at least two bricks.
I suppose I could find a powered USB hub but that seems like just swapping one clutter for another. Unpowered hubs are just dividing up the limited power from a single source device like a laptop.