I never said this blog would be a rollercoaster of excitement on every post. This post is about plugs, and it will answer questions I get as most of my friends’ resident electronics nerd. It’s very possible you are one of my friends reading this because I have sent you here when you asked me this question. Don’t think I’m being lazy, I’m just being efficient!
The question people ask me, quite frequently is;
My [x] has broken/is crap/feels dangerous/keeps wearing out/has gone missing, what should I get? The [x] in this is usually a USB charger. Occasionally it is an international power adaptor. This post will deal with my recommendations on both, with one neat solution which covers off both.
“My USB Charger has broken/is crap/feels dangerous/keeps wearing out/has gone missing, what should I get?”
This is the most common question I get on the general topic of plugs, and there are usually two products I recommend, one being the actual plug, the other being the cable, both by the same manufacturer; Anker.
Anker started because a Google employee was trying to find quality 3rd party laptop batteries, they couldn’t so set up a company that could. This eventually formed into trying to develop really good mobile phone accessories, mostly chargers, batteries and cables.
Anker make a goodly number of products in this space, but the one I love the most is this;
It allows you to charge 5 different devices at the same time, and uses some neat technology to make sure the power draw is always correct.
It has a long cable connecting to the power as well which is helpful. I would always recommend pairing it with an Anker USB cable too, which I have found to be indestructible.
“My International Adaptor has broken/is crap/feels dangerous/keeps wearing out/has gone missing, what should I get?”
I have the older version of this, but I am assuming it is the same high quality. I’ve used SKROSS adaptors for years and they have always worked well for me. The trouble I usually have is losing them/leaving them behind when I stay somewhere!
“I don’t want to carry round all that stuff though. What should I get?”
Now for a while the answer to this was ‘tough luck’, but in around 2015 an interesting product came out called the ‘Mu folding plug’. It’s a full UK USB plug that you can amazingly fold up flat! A successive product added a way to swap out the country specific plug part with either an EU, or a US adaptor. I have two of these, one international and one regular. Both have 1.2A USB sockets. This is in my ‘every day carry’ category, something I may post about in the future.
So there you have it. A post about plugs.