Meeting Planner Review – The TRIPP LITE Mini Travel Power Strip

Technology for Meetings and Events

You are a meeting planning monster. You kick ass in so many ways that Chuck Norris refuses to enter any hotel where you are staying. You can plan 10 meetings, 9 special events, and still have time to crank out your association’s 15,000 person conference without even breaking a sweat. That is… you can do all of this until someone comes in and throws event planner Kryptonite right at you. The one thing that can defeat the mightiest meeting superhero…

What is our Kryptonite? What can bring us to our knees in fear? What can stomp us into the ground like Godzilla running through an egg farm? Power outlets. The simple absence of power outlets. A hotel room or conference room with only one outlet means we cannot charge a phone, a tablet, a computer, power a hair dryer, and the registration printer all at the same time. This means the end of our little Justice League. No more will we save attendees from long registration lines, crappy banquet chicken, or delayed transportation. We will be doomed to walk the earth pariahs in our chosen field of work. You are now a mere mortal in those awesome meeting planner shoes.

Do NOT become a victim to the evil outlet menace. Really. Don’t. Scoot over to Amazon and grab yourself the TRIPP LITE SK120USB Mini Travel Surge 3 Outlet Dual 2.1 amp USB Port Charger for Tablet and Smartphones in 120V (no crap, that is actually the name of this little thing). Silly name but really easy to travel with the following specs.

  • 3 outlets for direct plug-in (Computer, hair dryer, and printer). One is on the face of product and 2 on the sides.
  • USB Chargers for the phone and the tablet… and these are the 2.1 amp USB outlets, the ones that charge quick.
  • Surge suppression rating: 540 joules (I guess this is good, sounds impressive to me).
  • Fold down plug so it won’t dig into the crap you have in your carry-on. That happens to me all the time.
  • EMI/RFI noise filtering because I guess we really need this because it says so on the box.

Ours arrived here at Camp PlannerWire last week and we have been putting it through the paces all over the office. We plugged stuff in, we charged up our tablets, and our friends phones. We took it to the coffee shop, and we even took it to the Westin Chicago North Shore just to see if we, as superheros, would be able to blend in with all of the other business travelers while using this new addition to our superhero tool-belt. Yep… We blend. We even helped some dude charge his iPhone and he told us it was cool.


So there you have it. Meeting Planner Tested, Plannerwire Approved and if you buy one using this link to Amazon, we make a few cents. Sweet. It even comes with a little carry bag and who doesn’t love a carry bag.

Keith Johnston

Keith Johnston

Keith is the Managing Partner of i3 Events but is most widely known as the outspoken publisher of the event industry blog PlannerWire. In addition to co-hosting the Bullet List and Event Tech Pull Up Podcasts, he has been featured in Plan Your Meetings, Associations Now, Convene, Event Solutions, and has appeared on the cover of Midwest Meetings Magazine.

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