Whine Wednesdays: Not Enough Power Sockets!

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The downside of the digital world is that we all curry multiple devices that are constantly consuming power.

Whine Wednesdays Power Sockets

I have two laptops, cell phone, external speaker set, power bank and then some even when traveling just by myself. It is difficult to get all the devices charged because many of the hotels simply don’t have enough power sockets around the work desk.

Sometimes you see a work desk in a brand new hotel that comes with three power sockets but only one of them is actually free! Table lamp and the wireless router also need energy leaving only one socket for the guest.

It is sometimes a challenge to get the guest services to understand what power strip means. Sometimes they merely bring an extension cable and other times a converter.

You would think that at this day and age hotels would make sure that there are enough power sockets everywhere? This doesn’t only apply to hotel rooms but hotel and airline lounges too.

The club lounge could be brand new and beautiful but few power sockets hidden. Then you need the extension cable and people sometimes almost fall when walking over them.


Hotels really should ensure that they have enough power sockets around the work desk and I would prefer those that you can plug in US, UK and European devices. I do carry all the converters in multiples just in case….

It is not a beautiful sight when you have power strip and all the various adapters out in otherwise well designed room or suite.

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  • Alex Brideau III

    I bring one of these ( http://a.co/8Vgd5rb ) when I travel, especially when I take overnight Amtrak trains as most of their sleeping compartments have only one AC outlet. Works well for me and includes both three-prong sockets as well as USB ports.

  • Hans

    When going to places where you may expect insufficient power sockets simply carry an extension cord with at least 3 or 4 sockets for the plugs that are standard for your devices. You will only need one adapter. Modern extension cords often have a couple of USB ports as well so that you need less sockets.

  • Filip

    Something that I hate even more is newly renovated room with no outlets at the bed.

    • alwweb

      That is my biggest complaint. Or one hidden behind the night stand only on one side. Hampton Inn has the right idea with their mini-charge stations typically on both sides of the bed. I really like Marriott, but their designers have NOT figured out that we need power by the bed. I use my phone for my alarm because I don’t trust hotel alarms.

  • Gary

    Even more challenging on cruises! Power strip cords are a must pack item.

    • alwweb

      And, I just learned that supposedly surge protectors are dangerous on cruise ships due to how they electricity is wired in the metal ships, so you should bring a power strip that is not a surge protector. Some cruise lines are started to ban surge protectors due to the possibility of fires.

  • Joe S

    I know this is a “whine” subject, but there are easy workarounds. I always travel with a mini power strip – good for both the airport as well a hotel desk. I can get 4 things plugged in at once. My USB power plug has two openings so a phone and one other item (another phone, power bank, etc.) can be used. So this gives me up to 5 working outlets out of one. If you have so many plug in items why no portable power strip?

    Why the portable speakers? Why not use wired headphones? One less thing to charge/carry.

    Plus I usually have the phone plugged in at bedside (use my phone for alarm instead of figuring out the non-standard clock). This frees up the bedside outlet if all are used.

    I do agree that bedside outlets are sometimes hard to find and/or free up.

  • Ian

    I wish all hotels/ airline lounges would use universal sockets that take all plugs from different countries…..some hotels does this and its so much more convenient, or you potentially would need to bring more than one travel adaptor for your needs