Using a lot of Speedlights in my work, I have a LOT of rechargeable AA batteries to deal with every night. 36 of them, in fact.
I’m fairly fastidious about housekeeping, and I always found it messy to have power strips everywhere for all my battery chargers – I have 9 AA chargers, plus a couple of chargers for camera batts, and there’s always a need for a place to plug in a laptop, or external speakers, or whatever. Traditional power strips are useless for this stuff, because battery chargers take up so much space that you’re lucky to get 3 of them on a 9-outlet strip!
On a recent trip to the hardware store, my GF found the solution — a Squid!!
I tried my best to think of why this was just a silly female notion, and how she should leave the hardware-buying to a man…..but damn all if this isn’t pretty darned brilliant. Here’s what I’m talking about:
It’s like a power strip, but flexible, see? It cost about $17, and I got 3 of these 3-way plugin thingies for $2 each. Now I can plug in as many as 15 (low-voltage) things, and it hardly takes up any space at all! In fact, I keep it stuffed under the couch most of the time. The key word here is “low-voltage”, because if you start plugging in things like toasters and hair-dryers, you’re either going to pop a circuit breaker, or burn down the house. But AA battery chargers don’t draw much current at all, so for this application I’m OK.