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power strip

An electricity distribution device that turns one AC wall outlet into several. Power strips may or may not include surge suppression circuits, and many strips leave room for the myriad power adapters that accompany products. See power distribution unit, power adapter and surge suppression.

Room for "Warts"
Many power strips leave room for one or more "wall warts;" slang for the power adapter blocks that come with many electronics products.

Save Energy
Even power saving mode uses electricity. Attached to a motion sensor (bottom), this Watt Stopper has two regular outlets and six that turn off when you leave the room. The computer can stay on, while lights, monitor and printer are shut off. (Image courtesy of Legrand Companies, www.wattstopper.com)

Designed for Racks
Power strips are widely used in equipment racks to distribute power to all the devices. Sophisticated units turn devices on and off (see power distribution unit). (Image courtesy of American Power Conversion Corporation.)
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I know the power strip is designed to support several electronic devices, but seeing so many of them--other computers, our landline phone base, the lights above the desk--already plugged into the same strip is nerve-wracking.
Under normal circumstances, an investigator would ask the following simple question: Do you recognize this three-outlet power strip (which is said to have been used to house the bug and which provides power to electronic devices in the office, such as telephones, a steam engine, etc.)?
* Use an advanced power strip as a central "turn off" point for common household energy vampires like TVs, digital TV converters, DVD players and computers.
The white, compact, space-saving design of the PLEK500 Powerline HomePlug AV2 Kit blends in nicely with the wall and leaves room for other appliances to be plugged into the same outlet or power strip.
"Get a mini power strip so you can plug in many devices from one outlet--it'll save you stressing about which device to charge first."--Jeffrey Hayzlett, business and marketing expert
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It features a USB port which plugs into the power strip for charging.
The integrated four-outlet power strip and cords are shielded from electrical interference, and a circuit breaker protects the electronics against damages resulting from system overload.
This station is equipped with a hidden power strip that allows you to charge up to three electronics at once while neatly resting said highly used electronics on a fabric-lined wooden organizer.
Energy analysts recommend consumers cluster their products together with a smart power strip that detects when a main appliance is turned off and cuts off power to peripherals.
At the office, completely unplug equipment, where practical, or plug several pieces of equipment into a power strip that's turned off at the end of every day.