SMART CHARG­ING

The Family Handyman - - STUFF WE LOVE - MARK PETERSEN, SE­NIOR EDI­TOR

Awhile ago, I cre­ated a power charg­ing sta­tion where I could amass a bunch of my bat­tery charg­ers. All the charg­ers were con­nected to one power strip. It did help or­ga­nize my shop, but it al­ways bugged me that all those charg­ers sprang to life when I turned on the power strip even when I only needed to charge one bat­tery. Not a big deal if the charg­ers are empty, but I of­ten leave bat­ter­ies sit­ting in the cra­dle un­til they’re needed again. I solved the prob­lem by buy­ing a power strip that has a sep­a­rate switch for each out­let. There are a few brands avail­able on­line. I bought the Tripp Lite model TLP76MSG for $23. Six of the out­lets are switched while one stays on all the time, and all seven have surge pro­tec­tion.

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