• What is an outlet saver?

    The best thing since sliced bread? That may be saying a little much, but an outlet saver is going to make it a lot easier to manage all those electronic devices and chargers that make life in the 2010s possible.

    We are all besieged in our everyday lives by wall warts. You know what I'm talking about here, those blocky plugs that cover up half the outlet or power strip. They make it hard to plug in as many things as you want, and it seems like everything uses one.

    Manufacturers like warts because they move the heat-generating parts of the power supply away from sensitive electronic components. This means that everything lasts longer, and because the power supply is the component that fails first in most cases, when there is a failure it's cheaper to fix.

    Of course, the big problem is that wall warts are so... well... big. They cover up other outlets and that means it's hard to plug stuff in. An outlet saver fixes that problem. It's essentially a very short power cord that separates the wall wart from the wall. (What does that make it? Just a wart?) Solid Signal sells them in a 5-pack that cuts down on shipping costs, and trust me once you have 5, you'll want 5 more.

    You'll immediately enjoy the benefit of seeing outlets you haven't seen in years, and plugging more things into a power strip than you ever did before! Just be careful of course, not to overload anything. With great power, as they say, comes great responsibility.

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    1. PhoenixAZ's Avatar
      PhoenixAZ -
      Those are a great idea, might be ordering some.
    1. HoTat2's Avatar
      HoTat2 -
      Yeah ...

      Actually bought these many years ago online from a retailer called "Cyberguys" here in CA. Though they called them "Liberator Cords" and it was a variety pack collection of 6 cords comprised of 2 straight NEMA male plugs as in the photo. 2 flat 90° angled types to allow for connecting behind appliances positioned flush with a wall. And 2 with both male and female NEMA sockets mounted back-to-back on the same plug head similar to the plugs on Christmas light strings, to permit an additional device to share the same outlet in parallel.

      But while these are a great solution, I also appreciate it when manufacturers show some consideration of this problem by building the equivalent of these "Outlet Savers" into the AC adapters themselves. By moving away from the traditional wall-wart design and separate the actual "wart" from the "wall" by simpy adding a short AC pigtail extension between the wart to the NEMA plug like with the EPS adapters DIRECTV uses on their newer receivers.