I have recently found a good solution for a BlackBerry USB charging that I’d like to share with the community. A while back I purchased a Belkin Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger and I’m very satisfied with my purchase.
The Belkin Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger is a small, 3 outlet surge protector with 2 USB ports on one end. It plugs into any standard North American wall socket, and gives you 2 additional outlets (a total of 4 instead of 2), and 2 powered USB ports. More succinctly, it’s awesome.
I’ve traveled quite a bit over the past few years, much of which has been relatively short skiing-related trips between class and/or work, lasting a week at most. But when you’ve still got to take care of business during that short trip, you’ve got a ton of electronic riff-raff to pack with you. In my case, that meant a phone charger, iPod charger, camera charger, and MacBook power adapter. The charger helps me stay organized and charged even though I am overburdened by such a wide array of devices.
It’s not the smallest thing ever made, but Belkin has done a decent job of keeping the unit manageable. The prongs don’t fold into the unit, something that would have made it nicely compact. The unit does come with a plastic prong cover that can be attached to the unit when not needed. And in what is probably the coolest twist, the prongs themselves rotate 360 degrees, giving you 4 different orientations for the surge protector itself.
The powered USB ports provide enough power to charge an iPod along with most mini-USB charged phones. Not all phones are compatible, but Blackberrys are well supported. Also, being a surge protector it will keep your devices safe from fluctuating power and nasty electrical issues.
The Belkin USB Powerstrip delivers exactly what it promises, does it well, and is well thought out. It’s convenient and easy no hassle device charging, and it’s cheap too. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone who either wants to simplify traveling with electronics or needs a new home charger.
To purchase the Blkin Mini Surge Protector, go here.