INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to the Best Powerboard Chargers (Travel Power Strip) for Family Travel Adventures.
One of the best tips we’ve ever discovered for traveling with kids is to pop a powerboard charger (or as they are called in America, a travel power strip) into your suitcase or backpack.
I can’t imagine how we ever coped before.
Nowadays, we travel with TWO powerboard chargers!
And it’s still not enough.
We have so much tech – ipads, iphones, a mac pro computer, cameras, camera chargers, and portable battery chargers – and each one of them needs to be recharged overnight, especially if we have a big day of travel on board a plane or train the next day.
There’s three main reasons we take a travel power strip with us on every trip.
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Benefits of a Powerboard Charger
Reason 1: It’s a four-for-one deal
You only need ONE electrical outlet and ONE travel adapter to charge FOUR devices, including your portable charger to give you MORE battery life on the go.
Electrical travel power boards are the best thing ever.
Reason 2: iPads are the best invention. Ever.
At the end of a long adventurous day of family travel, kids NEED their iPad for a bit of quiet downtime.
A four-pin powerboard charger means that if, God forbid, the devices weren’t charged fully or are quickly running out of battery life, the kids can plug in at the same time and recharge their iPads at the same time they recharge their bodies and spirits.
Travel is the ONLY time I give my kids their iPads WITHOUT feeling any mum guilt at all.
At home, we have strict time limits on devices – the boys get two hours on Friday and two hours on Sunday.
That’s it for screen time in total over the week, unless someone’s sick at home in bed, or it’s been raining for days on end, when we’ll play a DVD on an old school TV with a DVD port.
We haven’t had a TV for about 10 years, but we are lucky enough to live in a cul-de-sac with 20 other kids, so they never lack for a playmate.
But when travelling, on planes, trains and automobiles, iPad rules go out the window.
Reason 3: No one should be without a charged iPhone when they travel, ever.
An iPhone is a lifeline for google maps, checking bank balances, moving funds from account to account, booking an UBER, buying discounted entry tickets, contacting relatives, updating your facebook status, and checking in with Instagram.
It’s also a portable camera and video recorder, so you don’t miss a moment, especially if you’ve left the DSLR or Point and Shoot behind.
A four-plug travel powerboard charger (check out the one pictured above – it has individual switches!) means you NEVER AGAIN have to sacrifice charging the iPhone because the DSLR camera battery, portable charger, kids iPads, and Macbook Air have taken over the plugs.
The Best Powerboards for Travel in the USA
Want to know the best power board with USB outlets for road trips in America (with American AC plugs)?
HiTrends Power Strip with Surge Protector & USB Charger
This surge protector power strip has three power outlets, plus one USB charger. It also has a surge protector to keep your appliances safe.
BUY NOW ON AMAZON: Power Strip 3 AC Outlets
Unic Tech 3 Power Outlet with 4 USB chargers
This power board with usb outlets is pretty cool. Saves taking all those USB plugs as well, as you can plug up to 4 iphones or ipads in the USB slots too.
BUY NOW ON AMAZON: Elinker 3-outlet power strip
Tesssan Power Strip with USB ports and 6 AC outlets
This heavy duty power strip board is for the family like ours with tonnes of devices.
This USB power board multi plug adaptor has overload protection included, so it’s the perfect travel power board for the nightstand in your hotel room or cruise ship.
BUY NOW ON AMAZON: Tessan Desktop Charging Station
Best Travel Tip – Designated Travel Power Board
Taking a powerboard on your family travels is our BEST Travel Tip.
We have one designated just for travel.
This powerboard charger never leaves the luggage, not even when we get back home, and are looking high and low for one.
Our tip: do the same.
NB: Please do your own research with regard to electrical safety in each country or place you visit. We are not qualified electricians, just power-hungry travellers. All care but no responsibility taken with our advice.
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